First stay at MD Anderson and first test from El Chapo McRib

I’ll start this update by thanking God, my family, friends, strangers, prayer groups, CPSO and the amazing staff at MD Anderson! It would take too long to try to list everyone, so I’ll keep it general.


I apologize for the long delay since my last update. “El Chapo McRib” decided he wanted to test me first! After checking into the ER on Wednesday April 11, I was admitted into the hospital at MD Anderson.

They immediately started running tests and developing a plan for treatment. I also learned that, at some point, I had another compression fracture on my T7 along with my L1, plus the nine ribs.

On Thursday April 12, after more tests and more tests and a few more tests and enough blood to supply a third-world country, doctors proposed a simple surgery during which they apply cement in the fractures in my spine to help the pain and prevent future injuries. 😎😎

 

“El Chapo McRib” said ✋🏻🛑 not so fast! Doctors discovered that I had developed pneumonia. So I spent the night running a high fever while being pumped with antibiotics and fluids hoping to kill the virus before surgery.

 

On Friday April 13, once again with prayers and support, my temperatyre dropped and doctors were going to proceed with the operation as planned! But as I entered the OR waiting room, my blood pressure dropped dangerously low. I became septic and needed a ton of fluids and meds I’ve never heard of before.

I was told it was a true miracle that the doctor in the PACU was the anesthesiologist and ICU doctor. He just so happened to be working that random day! God had a plan for him, there’s no doubt. After he brought me back to a stable condition, they admitted me into ICU Friday afternoon.

Friday going into Saturday (April 14), doctors spent the night fighting the infection with the pneumonia. I spent the day and night getting stuck with more needles, tubes and contraptions than I’ve ever seen or wish to ever see again. 💉💉🌡🔪

 

By noon Saturday my fever was gone and the infection was barely present. Not only that, but my labs were actually better than the day I was admitted into the ER. Awesome job prayer warriors, and thanks be to God!

 

Today, Sunday, April 15, was a rest day. I was actually able to get out of the bed and walk around a bit for a few minutes! The back surgery should really help with that...so they tell me. The ribs will probably take months to heal, but I have plenty time so no big deal.

So there you have it, family and friends. I’m still here fighting and grinding it out doing whatever it takes! I want to thank everyone again for all the support and help so many people have done for me and my family! I owe a huge thanks to my beautiful wife and BFF Ashley Desormeaux! I had to send her to the hotel room with her mom tonight so she could get some rest. She more than deserved it.

 

I know I’m still in the very early stages of all of this, but I remember asking the obvious question “why me?” Then I remembered a quote that I heard drilled into my head while playing football at Barbe. To this day, I still use it when I feel like quitting or giving up on something.

“GET BACK UP DES. STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF. NO ONE'S GOING TO HELP YOU BUT YOU!” - Coach Mike Cutrera

 

In an instant it was no longer about "why me." It became "how can I beat it?" I'm preparing mentally to do whatever it takes to get through this so I will be around for Ash and C!

 

So God bless everyone. Thank y’all for all the prayers. They are clearly working. 👍🏻👍🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

 

Matthew 5:9 - “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”