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-- a ten-hour operation during which physicians removed two vertebrae from his back destroyed by an aggressive infection that's kept him off the air since March. Not that his challenges are behind him, as Jay's wife Mary makes clear in her latest update on his condition, sent this morning. As she notes, he's had various problems with medication this week that have slowed his progress. Fortunately, though, the surgery itself seems to have been successful, preventing permanent paralysis of the sort his doctors were amazed he hadn't already experienced.
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Please forgive my delay in updating you.
Jay has had several peripheral problems, causing a bit of a setback. If they give him enough pain medication, there are issues with his heart; his blood pressure drops and his heart rate fluctuates. They've also had problems regulating his blood sugar, and his white blood cell count is low. BUT the most important thing is, the back surgery is looking great, and he's NOT paralyzed. We have so much to be thankful for. He can stand with help and sit in a chair for short periods. He slept most of yesterday, which I'm sure he needed after the ten-hour surgery Monday. He's also out of ICU, off the breathing machine, and so far, no infection has shown up in the biopsy. When I ask him how he feels, he looks at me like I'm crazy and says, "LIKE HELL!" So far, the doctors are very very pleased with his progress.
I've had very requests for the address of the hospital. It's:
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus Jimmie Leeds Road Pomona, New Jersey 08240
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