Thank you for reaching out in different ways to us during what has become the most indescribable experience we have had as a family. Zach hasn’t felt good for the last month or so. Typical cold/sinus symptoms along with being tired and eye pain. Since Tuesday, Zach has been under the care of the most gifted and compassionate care providers at Riley Hospital. Cary has been with him every moment including all of the appointments and exams. Nate and I are home because we are not allowed to visit given the current pandemic and we certainly do not want to introduce anything to Zach, Cary or his care providers.
In the last 24 hours we have learned that Zach is suffering from Vasculitis which is impacting his lungs, kidneys, heart and brain. The tiny blood vessels in those organs are swollen and have been bleeding. Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease and because of the severity of the condition and the symptoms he displayed this morning, he is now in the PICU at the hospital. He has had numerous imaging tests, blood drawn regularly for testing, bronchial scope to look at his lungs, kidney biopsy, MRI of his brain, catheter placed in his neck, and heart echo (TEE). Based upon initial results, he will begin very aggressive treatments starting today. The doctors are fast tracking everything they can for him.
He has made it clear to Cary he is going to be fine and he is ready to get started on treatment because he is ready to be home. He doesn’t like it when the doctors stop by because they bring bad news. We have been told he could be there another 10-14 days but everything is dependent upon how he responds to the treatments and if he has other issues that are identified.
We are taking everything hour by hour and day by day. Zach has enjoyed receiving messages and videos from his friends and teammates, so please continue to encourage the creative ways to communicate with him.
Prayers are needed and appreciated for Zach, for Cary who is addresses every issue and every question in real time, for Zach’s care providers, and for us, his family and his friends that can’t be there in person. Please add our intentions to an already long list of people who are equally struggling in such a time of great unknown.
With much gratitude,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11