This blog has been created to keep all of our family and friends updated on Prentice's progress. Words cannot express how blessed our family has been by the outpouring of love and prayers. The calls and visits and e-mails -- too many to count. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We know without a doubt that Prentice is feeling it as well.
It has all been a very surreal couple of days. Prentice had a high fever on Thursday night and by Friday morning, was having burning in his chest and feeling pretty weak. Barbara took him to the doctor where x-rays revealed pneumonia in his right lung. He decided to go ahead and admit him just to keep an eye on him. He continued to be quite uncomfortable due to chest pain.
At about 8:30 p.m. Friday night, his difficulty breathing necessitated moving him to ICU. The decision was eventually made to intubate him, more to stay ahead of the situation, as the doctor said. Around 11:00 p.m. and during the intubation process, Prentice coded, meaning his heart stopped. Mark was here with his mom and they were allowed to be nearby while the doctors worked to resuscitate him for over hour. After three seperate codes, his heart began to beat on its own, but his other organs continued to fail.
After his heart was ruled out as the culprit -- the doctor said his heart looked really good for a 50-year-old. At first, we thought we was kidding, but we think he was serious and just didn't realize that he was talking about a 70-year-old! That was the first bit of good news. It has been determined that he has septic shock, which is an infection that starts in one location -- maybe the pneumonia -- and then rapidly spreads with fierce determination through the blood to all of the organs, thus causing the shutdown of even the heart. We were given our first bit of hope with that news because there is a chance at reversal. And due to Prentice's great physical condition, those chances were even greater. Those of you who know Prentice know what a fighter he is. He was and is in for the fight of his life.
All of Prentice's children are here and have been camped out at the hospital, along with his sister Linda. They keep Barbara surrounded and taken care of. Cousins, grandchildren, sons- and daughter-in-law, friends from Nashville, friends from Dallas -- unbelievable!
Our goal is to keep this blog updated as we get information. If we know it, you will too in a short period of time. Please feel free to spread the word and pray, pray, pray!! Prentice had just given a sermon recently at Otter Creek Church here in Nashville where Mark and Shelli attend on "does prayer really work?" Believe us, it does and Prentice knows that.