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Trick or treaters: 0, DK: 1

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 08:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Holidays at 8:01 PM

Secure building = I get all the candy

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Pick your favorite and say hi

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 07:37 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 7:37 PM

Rayette Lofts

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 7:37 pm

Brains: A Minneapolis Miracle

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 06:00 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Personal at 6:00 PM

The day after the TC 10 was definitely not my typical Monday. I didn’t have any meetings scheduled, so I slept in a little later than usual, then walked over to the train station. I texted Armon that my neck was super sore when I woke up, but that I was headed in. I was told later I brought a bag of groceries for my office, along with my badge and headphones. When I got to the stadium train stop, I exited the train, walked towards Chicago and Fourth, crossed the train tracks, then suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, followed by a seizure and stroke (and the groceries went flying everywhere).

I haven’t seen the video footage or read the police report yet, but I reportedly fell and hit my head on the train tracks and was unresponsive. A good Samaritan bystander administered CPR and a Metro Transit police officer contacted HCMC for transport the three blocks to their Level I Trauma Center. As my sister said, it was almost like my mom and my grandfather were watching out for me, deciding it was too early for me to join their party. The doctors later told me the overall odds of surviving a brain aneurysm are under 40% and that if the other pieces hadn’t fallen into place, there was a zero percent chance of me making it.

Damn.

To be honest, I don’t really remember much about the first few days in the ICU. Colleen says I was a gremlin, trying to bust out of the unit and needing to be restrained. The first procedure completed was the placement of two stents in my left vertebral artery to treat the aneurysm. Dr. Tummala and his team of amazing vascular neurosurgeons were the first in a long line of HCMC care providers who literally saved my life. I can’t say thank you enough to this amazing group of professionals (including Dr. Clay Garthe, neurosurgeon, pictured above).

After the stents were placed, a drain was placed in the top of my head that regulated pressure and fluids in my brain. This was connected to a bag that filled with what we affectionately called “brain juice.” Normally, these fluids are processed back into your head, but after the trauma, the team wanted direct control over this. The drain became the first milestone in my recovery – I couldn’t leave the ICU until the drain was removed. We thought this would happen around the two week mark, but thanks to some unexpected vasospasms, we had to wait until day 21 to remove the drain. This extra week also included multiple trips to the CT scanners and two angioplasty procedures. I only remember the second one, which included the surgeons playing Tequila Sunrise by the Eagles, which of course made me think of The Big Lebowski.

I had a number of different therapists work with me while I was in the ICU, including a speech pathologist (Kim), physical therapist (Kari) and occupational therapist (Bri). Don’t remember much about the speech tests, but the other two were fascinating. Bri had a lot of interesting iPad apps and encouraged me to continue with Two Dots and Words with Friends on my phone. She also had a number of written tests that I got better at as time went on. Kari accompanied me on my many walking laps around the ICU, which included exercises that reminded me of the Ministry of Silly Walks. I also seriously wanted to learn this choreography, but that will have to wait for another time (and maybe a future Halloween costume?).

Three of my early issues were taste, hearing and vision. Hospital food doesn’t have a great reputation, but really nothing tasted right to me the first week. Big thanks to everyone who smuggled in outside food (which also tasted funny for a long time). They were threatening a feeding tube down my nose if I didn’t increase my caloric intake, so I quickly became a fan of hospital scrambled eggs, milk shakes, Boost, 1% milk and juices pretty quick. Only threw up once (drank a milk shake too fast after taking meds) and had a constant fight with sodium (of all things), and ended up on salt pills with lots of Gatorade and no water. Bonus: down 23 pounds!

Hearing and vision issues have been odd. Colleen initially sounded like Snow White, then like an Imperial Probe droid from Empire Strikes Back. Sasha sounded like Rosie from The Jetsons. Thankfully, that only lasted a few days. Vision has been a problem that I still suffer from today. Double vision lead to an eye patch that I was suppose to swap back and forth, but I was definitely favoring the right eye (which was the only one I could use to read close-up screens). I can now use the left to watch TV clearly, but this is an area that will likely need more therapy. It’s really the primary source of remaining head pain (which I can use limited Tylenol to treat).

Colleen has been a saint though this entire episode. She met with HR reps at both her work and mine to take care of paperwork and start working with my insurance company (we are both on Federal Medical Leave for the short-term). She started a great CaringBridge site to keep everyone informed of my status that as of today has received 8,806 visits. I didn’t have a login while I was in the hospital, but thank you to everyone who commented or posted on that site – your support was heart-warming (and a bit overwhelming).

She also started a GoFundMe site that has been well supported. We are 75% of the way to her initial goal, which will definitely help as the bills pile up and our income slows down. The rack rate on my hospital stay may approach a half million dollars, so I truly appreciate all of you who have already contributed and humbly ask for help to get to our goal. So far the summaries from the insurance company have looked promising, but I know they are many, many more that we haven’t received yet and I’m sure there will be multiple payment plans to be negotiated.

Big thanks to everyone who visited me in the ICU, called, sent cards and commented online – watch your mailboxes for something special in the next few weeks. Also want to send a special thank you to the Vikings, who brought me a custom Kingsbury #1 jersey and a signed Stefon Diggs photo of the Minneapolis Miracle. How cool is that?

Being home versus being in the ICU is a 1000% improvement. My arms and fingers are starting to not look like pincushions, I don’t have a million wires running everywhere and I don’t have someone waking me up every two hours to give me more salt tablets and horse pills (now it’s just five normal pills when I wake up and two when I go to bed). I also get to take showers whenever I want, brush my teeth every morning, sleep in a soft bed with flannel sheets and watch TV with a screen big enough to read the letters and numbers during sporting events.

I was sad that I missed senior night for Marisa’s swim team, the Avett Brothers concert at Mystic Lake (where I had third row center tickets), Timberwolves opening night in a suite and the Wild vs. Kings game with my uncle. But my new philosophy when I get sad or start to complain is that I can let that control my life or I can just be happy to be alive.

When viewed through that lens, the answer is easy…

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Betelgeuse

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 04:39 pm GMT -6 in Holidays,Movies,Quotes at 4:39 PM

I’ve seen the Exorcist about a hundred and sixty-seven times, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT…

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 4:39 pm

First exercise

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 04:36 pm GMT -6 in Personal at 4:36 PM

Lowertown walkies

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Yeah, enough with that barking

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 03:26 pm GMT -6 in Pets at 3:26 PM

Sights and sounds of Lowertown

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 3:26 pm

2018 TC 10

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 10:41 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Running at 10:41 PM

Before I get to the big post, let’s look at the day before. My friend and colleague Katie decided that we would take advantage of not having a football game on marathon Sunday for the first time since the stadium opened by entering the TC 10 Mile lottery. I’ve done this race once before (2003) and knew it was a fairly tough entry to get. Amazingly, we were both selected and placed in corral C. We were thinking about a ten minute mile goal and set about creating a brief training schedule of short runs during the week and a longer run on weekends that we would increase each week.

Since I’m now a terrible training partner, we only managed two long weekend runs: one rainy seven miler around the lakes in Minneapolis and one eight miler along the Mississippi. Combined with some bike cross training, I was OK with this and felt fine with our prep on race morning. The four corral setup was different than 2003 and was really nice – we basically started right in the middle of the Commons before heading towards the river. It was also interesting to see how they used the Vikings Longhouse for VIP runners.

The weather and the race itself were both very nice. We ran a leisurely 10:49 pace, finishing right around the 1:48 mark (Katie results, DK results). The medals this year were very nice and the finish line food was excellent, as usual. We both felt fine after the race and walked back down the hill to our brunch reservations at Parlour St. Paul. Colleen picked us up afterwards and we dropped off Katie at her house. I remember watching the Vikings beat the Eagles and getting up for work the next day, but then I basically don’t remember anything that happened the next three days (more on that coming soon). A few race day pics after the jump.


Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 10:41 pm

We are all back in the game

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 05:11 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 5:11 PM

Pizza night in the neighborhood

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Happy Halloween, indeed

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 11:41 am GMT -6 in Holidays,Personal at 11:41 AM

We won’t have any kids, but so happy to be here

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

NotATweet: Never been so happy to be home

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018 05:48 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Tweets at 5:48 PM

The hot shower was kinda hard (balance, removing stuff), but still amazing

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Home.

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018 04:07 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 4:07 PM

Rayette Lofts

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 4:07 pm

Waiting for the final paperwork

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018 02:03 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 2:03 PM

Hennepin Healthcare

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Can’t wait to rejoin this foursome

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018 11:22 am GMT -6 in Friends,Golf at 11:22 AM

Number 14 at Sand Creek

Originally published by DK on October 29, 2018 at 11:22 am

Out of SICU (and look at that view!)

Posted Sunday, October 28th, 2018 01:24 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:24 PM

Hennepin Healthcare

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm

I ❤️ the people I work with

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018 04:26 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Football,Friends,Personal,Work at 4:26 PM

SKOL, VIKINGS ?

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Why are the ads still playing?

Posted Thursday, October 25th, 2018 04:11 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 4:11 PM

Hennepin County Med Center Purple

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 25, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Man, they will let anyone in here…

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 05:12 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Personal at 5:12 PM

Curtis is awesome ?

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Caring Bridge is A+ tech

Posted Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 09:43 am GMT -6 in Personal,Technology at 9:43 AM

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidkingsbury

Originally published by DK on October 24, 2018 at 9:43 am

Not the best Vikings game day experience, but I literally owe my life to the amazing men and women of the ICU

Posted Sunday, October 21st, 2018 01:11 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:11 PM

Hennepin Healthcare

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2018 at 1:11 pm

NotATweet: Timberwolves home opener

Posted Friday, October 19th, 2018 06:47 pm GMT -6 in Friends,Sports,Work at 6:47 PM

Good luck to Justin and his team at tonight’s Timberwolves home opener against Cleveland

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Post-race brunch

Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2018 12:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 12:01 PM

Parlour St. Paul has super-boozy malts

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

TC10 complete

Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2018 11:05 am GMT -6 in Photography at 11:05 AM

Minnesota State Capitol

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2018 at 11:05 am

$6.75 is a steal

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2018 01:12 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:12 PM

Best chain burger ever

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Back with my people

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2018 01:01 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:01 PM

Saint Paul RiverCentre

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

The Orchid loves me again

Posted Friday, October 5th, 2018 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Games at 10:42 PM

And I even left with most of it – thanks, Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2018 at 10:42 pm

Shot on iPhone, but…

Posted Friday, October 5th, 2018 02:21 pm GMT -6 in Nature,Photography,Technology at 2:21 PM

…how many times does it get compressed or down-sampled?

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Damn fine carbonara in Elliot Park

Posted Friday, October 5th, 2018 01:08 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 1:08 PM

Tavola Italian Kitchen

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm

NotATweet: Thumbs up on Disenchantment

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 11:48 pm GMT -6 in Music,Television,Tweets at 11:48 PM

Word on the street was bad for Disenchantment, but I really liked it (plus music by Mark Mothersbaugh!)

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Running out of school conferences

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 11:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 11:38 PM

Last year at SES

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 11:38 pm

This is waaay too close to my house

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 08:16 pm GMT -6 in Photography at 8:16 PM

Sweet Science Ice Cream

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 8:16 pm

NotATweet: Nothing like a 40-degree swing overnight

Posted Thursday, October 4th, 2018 09:17 am GMT -6 in Tweets,Weather at 9:17 AM

Um…OK ❄️ ⛄️

Originally published by DK on October 4, 2018 at 9:17 am

See you Sunday

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 10:48 pm GMT -6 in Personal,Running,Weather at 10:48 PM

Hoping for a triumphant return to racing at the TC10

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 10:48 pm

And it’s all in my pocket!

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 03:46 pm GMT -6 in Links,Photography,Technology at 3:46 PM

https://blog.halide.cam/iphone-xs-why-its-a-whole-new-camera-ddf9780d714c

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm

Quiet at the office

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 02:57 pm GMT -6 in Football,Work at 2:57 PM

Press box can be a very productive spot

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

My favorite new menu item

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 11:58 am GMT -6 in Photography at 11:58 AM

McKinney Roe

From the @kingsbury Instagram account

Originally published by DK on October 3, 2018 at 11:58 am

NotATweet: AvigilonTempOut times one million

Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 12:18 pm GMT -6 in Technology,Tweets at 12:18 PM

415,978 temp files for one program seems like a lot, no?

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2018 at 12:18 pm

They’re dying to meet you

Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 10:04 am GMT -6 in Disney,Holidays at 10:04 AM

Welcome to October 2018

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am
 

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