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Hello everyone. Skye & Shannon's family have set up a "Go Get Funding" account to help raise funds to assist with medical & household expenses while Skye is recovering from open heart surgery and has additional heart treatments and procedures over the coming months.
Skye had a heart attack on Saturday, January 29. With no history of high blood pressure or known contributing factors, this was a shock. However, this heart attack essentially saved Skye's life as without this event, the tests that were run afterward would never have happened. During these tests, multiple serious and life-threatening heart conditions were discovered.
On Friday, February 18, Skye had open heart surgery to remove an aortic aneurysm and have his aorta replaced. The surgery was successful, however Skye's recovery will be lengthy (8-12 weeks) and painful, and will require 12 weeks of 3x/week cardiac rehab appointments to help him regain strength and mobility.
While still in ICU recovering from open heart surgery, the doctors delivered the news that Skye is at risk of sudden cardiac death. Another devastating shock to Skye and Shannon.
There is a combination of things contributing to this condition. Skye's heart has a left bundle branch block, meaning Skye's heart has a blockage of electrical impulses to the left side of the heart, making it harder for the heart to pump blood efficiently through his circulatory system. His heart also has a low pumping function, and prior to the open heart surgery his heart was only functioning at 35-40%. Unfortunately, post-surgery Skye's heart is functioning at an even lower rate, currently at approx. 20% - not a sustainable level.
Once Skye has had more time to recover from open heart surgery, he will undergo another surgery to have a biventricular implantable cardioverter defibrillator (BiVICD) put in. This is the most sophisticated type of pacemaker. This device performs pacing and defibrillation functions - so it will not only help Skye's heart to beat stronger and with a more normal rhythm but will also deliver a high power shock to his heart if he goes into cardiac arrest.
Skye and Shannon are overwhelmed with all that has transpired in such a short period of time. Skye is currently at home, where Shannon is caring for all his needs, and carefully administering his medication regimen of 20 different drugs over 4, 6, 8 and 12 hour intervals around the clock.
The past few weeks have been filled with so much stress, anxiety and worry for both Skye and Shannon. In addition to the medical concerns, Skye has been off work for a month already and won't be returning for several more months. They have applied for short term disability but that will only cover a percentage of Skye's wages and won't be in place for another couple of weeks. Shannon has taken time off to be with Skye when he was hospitalized but needs to return to work (thankfully she is able to work from home!).
Many have asked what they can do to help. Your continued prayers, well wishes and encouraging words are much appreciated! We all know medical expenses associated with open heart surgery, continued medical treatment and additional heart procedures are costly, and Skye will not be able to work for some time. If you are able, your financial contribution (any amount would be helpful!) toward Skye's healthy future would be greatly appreciated.
September 20 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 01:05 am
Skye is currently in advanced heart failure. Unfortunately, his heart is still beating so slow that it misses a beat, putting his heart into a dangerous rhythm that could result in cardiac arrest at any moment. The past weeks have been filled with several hospitalizations and numerous visits to cardiac. . . . .
September 3 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 09:04 pm
I have been receiving a lot of messages inquiring on how Skye is doing, and also wondering if the procedure he had in August was successful. Skye is not doing well, in fact this week has been very scary and at times touch and go. Ultimately, the procedure he had. . . . .
August 11 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 01:17 am
Skye is home! The procedure went well, no complications!!! SUCH A HUGE RELIEF!!!Skye said it was torture though, some of the worst pain he has ever had to endure (his exact words were that it was absolute misery 😢 ). He will be really sore for the next few days. . . . .
August 10 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 01:11 am
Thank you again for all the prayers and support! We couldn't get through this without you! I want to shout out HUGE THANKS to everyone who sent videos, messages, and cards for Skye to help make his 50th birthday extra special!!!!!This week marks the milestone of Skye transitioning from short. . . . .
July 1 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 12:15 am
Hello family and friends,Over the past month Skye has not been doing so well, his pain levels have increased significantly and the most recent echocardiogram revealed his heart function has decreased. : ( This news is extremely disheartening as Skye has been through rigorous medication increases over the past couple. . . . .
May 29 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 06:18 pm
Hello family and friends! Apologies for the lack of updates on Skye over the past month, there's been a lot going on but not much has changed with Skye's condition since my last update on May 1. Overall, Skye's recovery is headed in the right direction though he continues to. . . . .
May 1 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 04:51 am
I always like to start my updates with thanks, as we are truly so very thankful for all our family, friends, and also the complete strangers who have kept us in their prayers these past few months. We are thankful for all the wonderful heart-healthy meals, and to those who. . . . .
April 29 UpateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 12:20 am
Wow, I am overwhelmed by all the prayers, positive vibes and well wishes for Skye - THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! After a long night and a long day of tests, the doctors have determined that Skye did NOT have a stroke (thank you God!). So happy to report this. . . . .
April 28 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 04:11 pm
We could really use your prayers. I had to call 911 and have Skye taken to the hospital via ambulance this evening. He may have had a stroke. They are keeping him overnight and running tests. Unfortunately they wouldn't let me stay with him so I won't know any more
April 12 UpdateUpdate posted by Shannon Edney at 04:01 pm
Yesterday was the big day we have been waiting for - Skye's echocardiogram to determine if he has recovered enough from open heart surgery to get his next surgery scheduled for the pacemaker/defibrillator. Unfortunately we didn't get the news we were hoping for. The echo confirmed Skye is still in. . . . .
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