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Post  Mondogarage on Mon Jul 06, 2009 2:02 pm

Sorry I haven't been around in a while, and I frankly do not expect to be around for a while. My wife's been in intensive care for the last two weeks, and has been on a ventilator in a medical-induced coma for the last 11 days. While she will likely eventually pull through, at this point it is by no means a given.

Oh yeah, poker-related content: sometimes, things happen that make you remember that poker is pretty fuckin' insignificant.

I'll try to pop back in at some point, but please don't hold me to a "when".

Thanks.
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Post  dexman1349 on Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:35 pm

Best of wishes from everyone in my family.
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Post  kkravec on Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:20 pm

All our thoughts are with you and your family, stay strong Mondo
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Post  Denver Poker Tour on Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:37 am

Terribly sorry to hear that. I wish you and yours only the best in a speedy and healthy recovery.

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Post  PoWdA on Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:57 am

Mondo please keep us posted.... The thoughts of me and my family are with yours. Again, please keep us/me informed.
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Post  Mondogarage on Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:34 pm

Thanks, guys. As of tonight, she's still in ICU, and still on the ventilator. No real significant improvement (yet).

She's undergoing a tracheotomy tomorrow, because it's extremely hazardous to remain on the vent too long. The hope is that be getting her off the vent and vent/related sedation requirements, her own body will begin to fight the pneumonia at a greater rate.
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Post  PoWdA on Sat Jul 11, 2009 10:29 pm

Mondogarage wrote:Thanks, guys. As of tonight, she's still in ICU, and still on the ventilator. No real significant improvement (yet).

She's undergoing a tracheotomy tomorrow, because it's extremely hazardous to remain on the vent too long. The hope is that be getting her off the vent and vent/related sedation requirements, her own body will begin to fight the pneumonia at a greater rate.
Mondo I wish you nothing but the best... Be strong my man.
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Post  Mondogarage on Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:53 pm

Hey guys, just wanted to pop in with some better news. As of today, my wife's still in ICU, but they've lifted her sedation, and we think we've really turned a corner. She's still on the ventilator, however, and is likely to be for at least several more days, followed by months in a pulmonary rehab facility. But honestly, I can take all of that knowing that she's making it. Jeez, she's been in ICU for five weeks now. But it's getting better.
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Post  kkravec on Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:13 pm

We are all glad to hear she has turned the corner, we hope she continues to get better!!!
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Post  PoWdA on Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:59 am

Mondo this is great news. I havn't been on at all lately or I would have posted sooner. Stay strong my man!
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Post  Scrupboy on Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:45 pm

Mondo,

Glad to hear that she has turned the corner! I pray for a quick and fast recovery. Sorry I've been gone for so long and haven't posted forever. If there's anything you need, feel free to contact me at my personal email address.

Stay strong and keep us posted!

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Post  Mondogarage on Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:01 pm

Hey ya'll, just thought I'd post a quick update. My wife's still in ICU, and is still on the trach tube and ventilator, but she is now fully off sedation and is alert. The pneumonia has dissipated, but her lungs remain quite damaged, scarred and weak. Her spirits are good, but we've had some occasionally "interesting" bumps in the road along the way. Still, her prognosis is good, and we're starting to evaluate long term acute care hospitals.

We're hoping we can move her out of ICU sometime over the next couple of weeks. Jeez, it's now her 51st day in the hospital, and 49th day in ICU. But we are moving forward.

Cheers, ya'll, may you find the felt soft.
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Post  PoWdA on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:11 am

Hey Mondo it sounds like you have been through a lot man. I know what it is like to have a loved one in the hospital and all you can do is watch the doctors work and trust theses complete strangers with you loved ones life. It is kinda impossible to explain it, you just have to be there. Just know that my thoughts are with you and your wife and I am sure that everything will turn out okay. Again, stay strong my man!
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Post  Stallion on Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:19 pm

Mondo - awesome news about the prognosis. I can't imagine going through what you've been through the last couple of months.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Post  Wetdog on Wed Sep 09, 2009 2:53 am

Mondo, I haven't been around much either and was shocked to hear of this. Has there been any improvement? Wishing you both to have a good turnaround.
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Post  Mondogarage on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:56 am

Well, she's had a few setbacks along the way, but things are now moving forward again. Today is her 79th day in the hospital...but really, the last week has seen a big improvement. She overcame the initial pneumonia a few weeks back, but one of the common byproducts of a long hospital stay is secondary infections. For the last two weeks, she's been fighting a staph infection and MRSA, which is quite nasty -- but she's finally winning.

I hope to be able to report in a couple of weeks that she's left ICU for a long term acute care hospital for rehab. We'll see.
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