So, I got a call last night from my sister Kelly with the news that our sister Danica is in the ICU with total kidney failure.
Testing has shown that she has experienced a pretty rare auto-immune reaction to a viral infection that has resulted in temporary (we think) total kidney failure, among other things. Danica was told that most patients with this condition recover fully following aggressive and immediate treatment -- including dialysis, one or more total blood transfusions and plasmapheresis. She is likely to be in intensive care/the hospital for at least a week.
According Kelly, who has spoken doctor-to-doctor to the physicians treating her, even with the above treatment, about 1 in 10 patients do not survive due to other complications. As Danica is 29 and otherwise healthy, we are praying that she is one of the majority.
As of this morning, it seems that she is responding well, but we don’t know much more than that at this point. So we would very much appreciate your thoughts and prayers in her behalf. Hang in there Dink! We love you! Get better soon!