Burnsville, MN

The Benoit Family

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Name
Logan Benoit
Injury/Illness
Autoimmune Disease

Logan has been struggling with Ulcerative Colitis since he was about 10-11 years old. Just this year he decided to stay with me permanently to finish out his senior year and go to college to be a welder. About a month ago Logan started getting sick. We thought he had Covid and it was negative. He was still not getting any better. So I took him to Children's Hospital to get checked out. Of course they ran another Covid test. You can never be too careful. The doctors ran a bunch of bloods tests, x-rays, imaging, scans, etc. Thankfully nothing points to cancer. The doctors did confirm hyperthyroidism. He also has autoimmune hepatitis. He also has a really bad flare up from his colitis. He had a liver biopsy done as well because it is inflamed.

It has been almost a month and the doctors wanted to make sure they had the right diagnosis to give him the right medications. In the mean time I have been driving back and forth to the hospital. I took time off of work to be with Logan during the day and home at night to take care of his siblings. I am almost out of leave and have asked my work for donated leave. I am a veteran and a single mom with one income trying to make ends meet. Logan lost a lot of weight so I had to buy him new clothes. Parking every day costs money thankfully for now a social worker was able to provide some free parking vouchers. I am able to get meal vouchers so that I can eat for free but I also have food sensitivities so I am having to buy extra food to bring to the hospital. Logan has been eating a ton more being that he is on steroids and he needs to gain weight. According to county I am not eligible for food support and emergency funds being I am just over the income guidelines. Logan is getting medical assistance so the medical is not a problem. I normally work from home so saving money on gas is a plus but since Logan is in the hospital I am spending more money on gas. I am too tired when I get home to even cook for my other kids and they do know how to cook for themselves but they are still learning how to cook. I have been spending more money on food. I have tried locating food shelves that do deliver. I had an emergency fund but now that is gone trying to keep up with bills and taking care of my family needs. Once Logan gets home he going to need space and certain foods to help him heal his colon and liver. I want to get back to saving for my emergency fund etc. 

December 15, 2020
12/15/2020

well Logan is getting his appendix removed today. praying no more issues come up. I have been struggling to keep up at work and I am almost out of leave. I have the option of leave without pay but I can't afford that. I'm praying that Logan is healed. 

December 14, 2020
12/14/2020

we are back at the ER again. praying it's nothing or an adjustment of his meds. he hasn't been eating since yesterday and he is extremely tired and fever. I called his GI doc and Thyroid doc and they both said to contact his primary doc first. yep and they couldn't come up with anything else. so GI doc says to go to the ER at Mpls children's. st paul is not taking patients right now. GI wants him to stay for at least 24hr for observation. I'm praying for healing and answers of what is causing his body to attack himself. thank you for all your support.

December 5, 2020
12/05/2020

Logan has been out of the hospital since Thursday. He seems to be doing well. Some activities make him tired quicker and he is eating well but not to where he used to be. Waiting on doctors to call to start follow ups with the autoimmune specialist, GI, and liver specialist. We do have emergency steroids in case he gets sick again. I am hoping that doesn't happen. Thank you everyone for the support and prayers. I really appreciate it. Praying the specialists find what is causing his issues. Appendix will be taken out in 6-8 weeks. 

December 2, 2020
12/02/2020

just found out today that the doctors want to talk with an autoimmune specialist from the U of M. still in the hospital. maybe discharge Friday or Saturday. doctors want to switch him to oral meds and make sure he is eating well before discharge. 

I did find out a couple days ago that Logan went through sepsis shock last Wednesday. that night went so fast and there was a lot going on. doctors are amazed of how fast he is recovering. the power of prayer

November 29, 2020
update

friday night he was able to get is breathing tube out and he is talking and breathing fine. saturday he came out of ICU and is in another room. surgeon wants to take out his appendix because that was causing him to get very sick. they want to wait till he is more healthy before taking the appendix out because they don't want to cause more stress to his body. right now he is very tired and not eating much. he is on IV meds and fluids. 

 

 

November 27, 2020
Update

CT scan results came back. He will need surgery to get his appendix taken out. All other organs are functioning normal. Maybe tomorrow they will take out breathing tube. Doctor still has to talk with the surgeon.

November 25, 2020
update

it seems logan is getting better. it seems the pills that were prescribed is working. praise God!! 

tonight we had to go into the ER though. the day before Thanksgiving. we were hoping to actually have a Thanksgiving meal with the rest of the family. he has a fever, chills, joint and pain. we are praying it's just from coming down on one of his pills. so here we go again paying for parking, gas in my car, and eating out of the vending machine. really praying for healing right now and Logan is requesting for things to go back to normal. 

it is now Thanksgiving day and Logan is in ICU. the doctors think he has an infection. he is on a breathing tube and antibiotics. this is so hard to deal with. 

November 9, 2020
update

Logan is home now but it's still a long road ahead. he seems to be doing ok but we are wondering if he is not absorbing his pills. we have been monitoring how many times he is going to the bathroom and it seems like he is going more. he has labs every week and follow up appointments starting this week. praying the doctors can tell us more answers.