Sue’s Father in ICU: Respiratory Distress

Late last week, Sue’s father was taken to the hospital by Sue’s mother in the wee hours of the morning in severe pain. He was having severe abdominal pains.

The hospital ran a series of test. The blood panel reveal the cause as acute pancreatitis. The condition, in itself, is typically highly treatable with fluids and pain medication. It will normally run its course in a week or so. However, there are secondary issue that sometimes arise as is the case with Sue’s dad.Yesterday morning, Sue called me from New York where she is on business for a couple days. She told me her father went into respiratory distress. She was on the first plane out to Pittsburg.

Meanwhile, Sue’s dad was taken directly from the hospital floor into ICU. They hit him with a heavy dose of propofol, intibated him, and placed him on a respirator.

Sue's Dad is rushed to Jamison Hospital, where he was taken into ICU

My instincts told me he had acquired pneumonia, and it turns out this was correct. Follow-up research indicates this as a secondary issue. Not common, but not unheard of either. Being in a hospital setting doesn’t help minimize this either.

We should learn more today on how he is recovering. Still, it looks like an extended hospital stay unclear the infection clears. If you would like to send a card, it can be mailed to: Jamison Hospital, 1211 Wilmington Rd., New Castle, PA 16105. Telephone: (724) 658-9001.

Update 10:15AM: Sorry. His name is Al Burick.


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11 Responses to Sue’s Father in ICU: Respiratory Distress

  1. Cheryl Onderchain says:

    Really sorry to hear about Sue’s father, Ken. Please let me know if there is anything the O’s can do to help you out during this difficult time.


  2. Dianne says:

    Thank you letting us know and do please keep us posted with updates. I will keep him and his wife and Sue in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Jo Hobbs says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, Ken. Thank you for letting us know and for posting Sue’s dad’s address. I will send a card and pray for him and his family. The respirator is tough to deal with, but I am sure he knows it can be life-saving. Special thoughts of all of you today. I know the folks who live in Ashburn and close-by are there for you, and I wish I could be in Ashburn, too! You may need some help at home, Ken, with Sue being gone day and night. There are folks you can call on anytime, and I hope you will do that. Love

  4. Vicky Scott says:

    Can you update with his name? I will add it to my daily email that goes to different parts of the world for prayer. Praying against the infection, any hospital acquired infections, complete recovery, wisdom and strength for the family.

  5. In one of my typical oversights, I forget Sue’s dad’s name. I added it at the end of the post.

  6. Ms. Blasé says:

    “We should learn more today on how he is recovering.”

    I pray that you post some good news.

    In the meantime, thank you for the contact information. Being in the hospital can be difficult, but receiving heartfelt cards full of warm wishes and prayers can do much to sustain one’s soul while there.

  7. Paula says:

    Oh I am so sorry to hear this, Ken. Gosh…thank the Lord you are familiar with the events unfolding and understand his condition. I feel relieved that you are monitoring the situation, even if it’s from afar, and I am sure Sue takes comfort in that too. You are strong for everybody; a protector. I will get a card out to Mr. Burick today. Please let us know if you need help with anything, we’re just a text/phone call away. Sending love, positive thoughts, prayers for comfort to you, Sue, her Dad, her family, your family, Ryan, Kari and all who are struggling with sad/scary things…which is just about all of us, I guess. Please keep us posted on how Sue’s Dad is doing, and thanks for letting us know, Ken.

  8. The Colangelis says:

    Thank God he is in good care and improves his chances that he will recover. Praying for you and Ryan. God bless you.

  9. Keith says:

    Sue’s Dad and the Whole Family are in My Prayers!

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