We lost the fight
October 18, 2006 at 5:34 pm #15593gemloyearMember
Glen lost his fight with AML on Oct. 5th.2006.He entered the hospital on Sept.19th. with a fever and malaise. Lab cultures and CBC were taken but the source of his infection was not indentified.He was treated with IV antibiotics for 5 days and then released. He was re-admitted 2 days later, again with fever and subsequently diagnosed with Babesiosis, a rare tick-borne protozoan illness acquired thru a blood transfusion.We thought that the irradiated,filtered blood was safe as it is tested for the most common serious diseases, however not tick-borne diseases.I feel that it is important for others to be aware of illnesses which may be acquired thru blood transfusions. It is often asymptomatic, but may cause malaria like illness,characterized by fever and hemolytic anemia. It is also associated with severe complications. The risk for developing this clinical infection is increased for the elderly, asplenic or immunosuppressed patients.
His case has been reported to the CDC and the Minnesota Dept. of Health who are investigating to find the source of the blood.
Needless to say our family is devastated as we hoped to have him for “awhile” longer.
God Bless all who are traveling this journey.
Take care, EllieOctober 18, 2006 at 5:56 pm #15594TerriMember
Ellie, I am so sorry, May God be with you ,
There are no words, but know you are in my thoughts and prayersOctober 18, 2006 at 5:57 pm #15595shirlsgirlMember
I am so sorry Ellie. Please know that Mom and I are thinking of you. We are so saddened by your loss. Glen has fought so hard for so long. It really isn’t fair that such a rare illness has taken Glen. I’m so sorry.
Thinking of you and your family Ellie.
Hugs, JodyOctober 18, 2006 at 6:37 pm #15596BkwitsMember
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Glen and you fought quite a battle. You have been an inspiration and comfort to me and (I’m sure) others on this forum. May God bless and keep you.
BarbOctober 18, 2006 at 6:50 pm #15597JerryMember
Debbie and I will always remember the valiant fight that you and Glen put up against this insidious disease. Our prayers remain with you. God bless.
JerryOctober 18, 2006 at 7:45 pm #15598RussMember
Condolences and prayer that GOD will provide comfort and grace to the family.October 18, 2006 at 9:51 pm #15599Jack_dup1Member
I am so sorry to hear about Glen. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Jack and AnitaOctober 19, 2006 at 1:22 am #15600sarahMember
Ellie, My prayers are with you and your family. As I read your post I could not hold back the tears. I know your pain. May God comfort you with his amazing grace.
SarahOctober 19, 2006 at 2:23 am #15601eveMember
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time
eveOctober 19, 2006 at 2:26 am #15602lucymMember
I am so sorry for your loss. Keep strong, I know it is hard.
LucyOctober 19, 2006 at 3:22 am #15603NaomiMember
Ellie: I am so sorry to hear about Glen. You have both put up a good fight.
My prayers are with you and your family.
NaomiOctober 19, 2006 at 3:31 am #15604JimbobMember
I am so sorry that Glenn had to endure more problems before his fight was over. I know your faith is strong but even when you think you are prepared it is difficult to lose someone you love. May God give you and your family peace to get you through these difficult times.
JimOctober 19, 2006 at 3:37 am #15605CarolineMember
Please accept my condolences. Glen fought hard for a long time and you fought right along with him. May the peace of the Lord help you and your family through this time.
CarolineOctober 19, 2006 at 3:41 am #15606pattiMember
After such a fight, to have an infection from a blood transfusion… I am so sorry. Thank you for your willingness to share what happened to Glen because I had no idea this was even possible. May God comfort and give you peace during this difficult time.
PattiOctober 19, 2006 at 4:16 am #15607TEMBOMember
I too thought irradiated/filtered blood was as safe as it gets. I too fought so hard to get irradiated blood for my husband, thinking it would elimate the disease concern. My husband has no immune system to speak of, and to fight the mds to only get an infection from the blood transfusions is alarming and saddening. I disslove into tears thinking about what you are going through. Ellie we need to voice our concern together. If we can support your efforts in any fashion let us know. I so hurt with you and your family. But I also have such dismay that this can happen this day and time. Our thoughts, prayers, and love goes out to you.
Words are not enough,
God’s Comfort and Peace,
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