My father has been very ill and hospitalized for over 4 weeks. (except for a 5 hour release almost a week ago---Aka: "Hospital Red Tape Stunt") They have tested him for everything known to man but his condition still worsenens. I posted on the blood disorder board but now that we have some test results, I think Immune Disorder board can help with some answers.
My 77 year old father has no appetite, EXTREME Weakness (will pass out and SAT rates drop drastically when he stands or sits up in the bed), low platelets (in the 50,000 range today), low red and white blood cells, fevers ranging from 101-103.5, low temperatures as low as 92.3, soaking night sweats, and fatigue.
The doctors did say that the Temperal Artery Biopsy shows that he has Vasculitis and that they know he has an Autoimmune Disorder. He has high (abnormal) liver readings and they are considering doing a liver biopsy today. They have been treating with Steroids (predinisone) for almost a week in hopes that there would be improvements but I see him getting weaker and symptoms getting worse by the day.
He has always been hard of hearing but it is getting worse. (Strange, I know!) He has developed a hacking cough, has bulging or glazed over eyes, becoming more and more unresponsive, sleeps all the time and his blood sugars have been uncontrollable in the high 300-400's (they think due to the steroids). The doctors say that they are now testing for some SERIOUSLY off the wall diseases because they have eliminated so many already.
I would appreciate any ideas of suggestions.