Bill Riggs

From: Carol T
Sent on: Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:48 AM

On the IMUPC website, I changed the order of Bill's pictures for today.

The first 2 pictures are a couple I took at Bradford Woods, during one of the Handicapable events 2 years ago.  Today is Handicapable Day for our club there.  I asked that Kim Veal, Bill's friend, to let him know that we'd be thinking of him all day.  Keep him in your prayers!  I know he'd much rather be at Bradford Woods with all the campers than in a hospital bed.

This is the most recent report I got from Kim (I reworded is minimally):

Bill Riggs Update (9/13-14): The doctors have released Bill from the rehab team as they want to try more aggressive antibiotics. He may be moving to another facility (we’ll try to keep you posted best we can). Because his cognitive skills aren't that great, it's preventing him from progressing further in physical therapy. This is the reason rehab released him to the care of the medical team. The surgery team decided to not perform surgery at this time. They will continue to give him antibiotics intravenously and take another CAT scan of his stomach in a couple of weeks. (It would not be wise to perform surgery with high infection and a low white count.) If he gets surgery, there could be an issue with him not being able to get chemo sooner. The location of the abscess is in a difficult place for successful removal. Surgery will be only if the antibiotics don't work. His prognosis is poor.

If you're looking for dialogue from previous reports, not sure where that'll be with me moving the pictures.  I'll return to their order after today.  But,'s Handicapable Day for Bill!!!


PS:  In the first picture, he was telling the campers about the frog who stuck his tongue out and got it bitten off.  It was a cute little camp-like song!  And, all the campers got a real charge out of that.  They asked him to repeat it and you can see that some of the campers and counselors are "sticking their tongues out" in the sing-a-long...  Tons of fun!!



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