Update 10 – 4-13-18: Darzak will be released from rehab on 4/19/18. He will have to go to rehab 2-3 days a week. We still are not sure about his foot. Dr. Goldstein (name means what? Can we trust? No!) wants to amputate, but we are going for a 2nd opinion.
Please continue praying for his foot, as we both believe the Lord can and will do miracles, and we want to keep the foot.
Thank you everyone for the thoughts and prayers. I am not sure that I could have made it through this time without all of you! So much love and support. Thank you and I love all of you.
Update 9 – 4-6-18: Praise! We give Jesus all the glory! All the blood clots in Darzak’s heart are gone. They were able to shock his heart today and slow it down to 98. Previously it was 135-150. Looks like sometime Monday they will be moving him to rehab.
Our God is so good!
Update 8 – 4-1-18: This update is from the nurses as we are too sick to visit him. Happy Resurrection Day!
Plans for this weekend: get him off blood pressure medication, wean him totally off B pap machine. They have been putting him on it for panic attacks. They are hoping for a swallow test on Monday, so possibly he can start drinking liquids. Right now he only gets ice chips. PT went well today but he is still weak.
Visitors are welcome as long as you are not sick. I think he would benefit from friends! Still some confusion. Praise the Lord for all He has done this weekend!
Update 7 – 3-29-18: This weekend they have been trying to take Darzak out of the medically induced coma. On Monday they stopped the pain medication and he is opening his eyes on command. He is also able to move both right and left arms, and right and left legs. They have also been asking him questions that he nods or shakes his head, as he is still on the ventilator.
I do not think he has brain damage, because I told him that he would probably love country music when he got out, as that is what they have playing in the background. The nurse asked him if he liked country music and he shook his head no.
They are doing breathing treatments to see if he is able to be removed from the ventilator. Sometime this week it looks like he may be removed. His heart rate is still in the 138 to 140 range, and it needs to be at 60-100. His white blood cell count is up, and they are treating for an infection.
Overall he is making baby steps this week which is very good. He still has a long way to go. They are just watching his right foot as it still does not have a strong pulse and is purple to black. The foot may recover or he may have to have part of it removed. We are just taking in day by day.
Thank you for all of your prayers, thoughts, and support. We love all of you! Jill
Update 6 – 3-21-18: Ecmo machine removed today. Praise the Lord! Numbers are down. Still on ventilator and heart pump. Still in medically induced coma. He looks better than he did yesterday.
God is so good! I love all of you! Jill
Update 5 – 3-19-18: Today I was called at 6:45 am. They needed to take Darzak into surgery as his numbers for kidney and liver were rising and the pump needed to be moved a little. This pump is in his groin area.
I arrived at the hospital and could not believe how bad he looked. He was very swollen and his right arm had so much fluid in it, it looked like it could burst.
The Doctor rushed Darzak into emergency surgery for internal bleeding at 1:00pm. He was finally out of surgery at 6:30. The swelling has gone down a little, but now they are concerned he might bleed out in the groin area. The area where the blood comes out to go to the life support machine for oxygen had pooled and was causing the fluid in the arm.
They have stopped all blood thinners, and are using drugs to paralyze his body so that he will not move. Hopefully the are of the incision will clot. They do not want him to move at all, thus the drugs for paralyzing his body, so that his blood clots in both his heart and lungs will not move to the brain.
His kidneys are till producing, but the liver is a concern now. Also the pulse in his right foot is not coming back completely and they are concerned about that. He is alive, but no other updates at this time.
Thanks for all the encouragement. Jill
Update 4 – 3-18-18: Thank you for all the prayers. Prayer is very powerful.
On the 17th they took Darzak off of dialysis. They also stopped the lasix drip. His kidneys are producing urine, but he lost 12 pounds of fluid overnight. They are now replacing the electrolytes and fluid. His left foot has a pulse, the right foot has a very small pulse, but they are giving him heat packs on the foot to try to get the pulse back. The biggest praise: He has been in A Fib ever since he got to the emergency room on Tuesday, and we do not know how long before that. The pump has started working that they installed. At 3:50AM his heart rate dropped to 80. He has had a few episodes where the heart goes back up to 130 but it seems to correct itself and go back into the 80’s. So his heart rhythm may be going back to normal!
I am told he is still very, very sick but is making baby steps. The Lord is working in this situation. I am learning so many things from Him regarding this, and the support and caring from everyone is amazing. I really appreciate all the phone calls, emails, texts, and comments on From the Trenches. You are an amazing group of friends!
Darzak and I love all of you. Jill
Update 3 – 3-17-18: The latest update on Darzak is: He is still on full life support and in the medically induced coma. He is still on dialysis. They have called in the vascular specialist as he is not getting almost any pulse in his right foot and very low in his left foot. He will receive more blood today. His white count is good, his hemoglobin is ok, his kidney numbers are up, his heart rate is still high, and now he has high blood pressure rather than lower. They will be adjusting his blood pressure medication to bring that down. Still taking it hour by hour.
Thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers. Jesus is in control of this situation and I am crying out to him as His Word tells us to. I will update as I have any news.
Darzak and I love all of you, Jill
Update 2 – 3-15-18: Today Darzak was put on dialysis. Then they were going to shock his heart to help with the A-fib as his heart rate is so high due to not working properly. They were not able to do this as he has blood clots in his heart. So, then they were going to install two pumps to pump for his heart so that it could rest. He had the left one installed, which pumps the blood, but they were not able to install the right one because his lungs filled with fluid. They did get the left one installed and he was having blood pumped into his body. Praise!
He is currently in a medical induced coma, at least for the next 7 days and on a machine that breathes for him, pumps his heart, and takes his blood and adds oxygen to it. He is far from out of the woods, but Praise the Lord, he is alive. I will update as I can.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and comments. I will pass them on to Darrell as soon as he is awake. The Doctor told me only 2 out of 3 people this sick come through this surgery, but he is still alive.
Someone wanted his snail mail address. It is Darrell or Jill Zaneski. PO Box 193. Atlanta, IN 46031.
Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers, and support. Darzak and I love you all. Jill
Update – 3-14-18: Darzak was moved to another hospital and will be treated in the critical care unit. He had a heart cath and a balloon pump installed tonight. The kidney doctors were called in, as getting them going is the priority. The liver is also failing, along with the kidneys, heart, and lungs. Darzak is conscious and prepared to meet the Lord if the treatments do not work. I do not have any other updates at this time.
Here is Darzak’s GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/Aid-for-Darrrell
Here is Darzak’s PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help with medical expenses would be greatly appreciated.
3-14-18: Please pray for Darzak. He has been admitted to the hospital and has blood clots in both his lungs. I will update when I have more info. He was sick for 5 days and thought he had a cough and the flu. They are treating him for heart issues due to this as well. All thoughts and prayers for him are appreciated. Thanks, Jill