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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:15 AM

So the Sabres making a statement of their concern is hype?

No. I'm talking about Koziol.

 

They can't really say anything, so i'm not so sure what kind of update you were waiting for... ?

Koziol kept teasing an update through the highlights and postgame interviews. He said it sounds serious and the Sabres have a statement.


Edited by PASabreFan, 06 April 2017 - 09:15 AM.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:27 AM

I had a stroke almost 3 years ago. They put me in the ICU when I went to the ER saying I was not well. My BP was 247/ something.Asked why I hadn't got a room by 9 PM and they said they were waiting for an ICU room (an oh s--t moment). Next day they were giving me a brain scan when I hear "CODE STROKE" on the PA.I ask the guy "who is that for?" He said "It's for you.". I then thought or said "Oh S--it!" , threw up and don' have a clear recollection of the next three days.


Well, that's horrible!

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 09:45 AM

Terrible news about Okposo.  I hope he enjoys a full recovery, or at least as much as possible.  


It took a year before they finally decided my wife has fibromyalgia.  I think the testing is better now, but back then it was more of a process of elimination, with some really nasty diseases considered (like MS).  Fibro's bad enough, but at least it's not life threatening.


 

My wife suffers from the same thing - it sucks.   At least she has a top shelf fibro specialist, and gets good meds/treatment path for it.  



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:16 AM

My wife found she has several dietary triggers for the fibro.  It's always fun to go to a restaurant and say, no meat (fish is okay), no gluten, no tomatoes, no eggplant.  Other than that, what have you got?



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:25 AM

That sounds tough, being limited on so many meats.

Mine is fine with meats - she tries to avoid bread and carbs (potatoes, rice, etc).   She follows this basic protocol;  which has mixed reviews but she says it works for her. 

 

 

https://en.wikipedia...enesin_protocol


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 12:00 PM

Okposo developed a detached retina a couple/few years ago.

Any chance that the retina might have been indicative of some larger issue? Something vascular would be my (uneducated) guess.

I had the same thought. Sickle cell disease and diabetes are two systemic conditions that can lead to a detachment. They don't seem to fit under "neurological." In Kyle's case, I remember some debate about whether his being a hockey player who routinely takes jolts and big hits or merely someone who's very nearsighted contributed to it.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:26 PM

Bumping this to the top. Anyone with any news whatsoever please post...rumors are great too...



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:20 PM

I hope they at least consider the possibility of a parasite of some kind. Especially since they're having trouble figuring out exactly what it is and it sounds so serious.



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Posted 06 April 2017 - 08:20 PM

Bumping this to the top. Anyone with any news whatsoever please post...rumors are great too...

Nothing that I've heard. The Buffalo News did publish a Q&A that covers some general info. on Neuro ICUs, why the Sabres can't release more info. etc.

 

http://buffalonews.c...ands-neuro-icu/



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 07:36 AM

Hoping for the best but was wondering about the impact on the team. If it unfortunately becomes a long-term issue like Cody McCormick, what if any cap relief will the Sabres be allowed? He's a top six forward who would be hard to replace, especially if they don't get cap relief. It could factor into the decision to resign Kane.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:28 AM

From a hockey stand point, losing KO is a terrible blow to the rebuild and GMTM must already be working on a contingency plan if KO can't resume his hockey career next season. If he has a long-term illness then he goes on LTIR but that money is only useable once we reach the cap. It does open up a opportunity for one of our RW prospects like Bailey, Fasching or Baptiste. I think you might also we GMTM go after local boy and college UFA Iafallo who plays a rugged around the net game.

I have a sister that has survived a brain tumor and this situation reminds me of how long it took to discover exactly what was wrong with her. She was KO's age when we found the tumor. My thoughts and prayers are with KO and his family because I know how hard this is.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 08:54 AM

Talked to a couple ER docs this morning, not know anything except the reported timeline of him feeling off for a little while then checking in to a hospital and the neuro icu their first guess was possible flu like viral spinal menengitis. One said its serious but self limiting if so and complete recovery yes. Only concern would be for teamates, other players and anyone he has come in contact with. Pure speculation, but timeline fits and reported statements that he will be fine fits too.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:00 AM

Talked to a couple ER docs this morning, not know anything except the reported timeline of him feeling off for a little while then checking in to a hospital and the neuro icu their first guess was possible flu like viral spinal menengitis. One said its serious but self limiting if so and complete recovery yes. Only concern would be for teamates, other players and anyone he has come in contact with. Pure speculation, but timeline fits and reported statements that he will be fine fits too.

Who said he would be fine?



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:56 AM

Okposo is showing signs of improvement per John Wawrow

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:59 AM

Okposo is showing signs of improvement per John Wawrow

Nice.  Paul Hamilton confirms Wawrow's report



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:33 PM

Who said he would be fine?


one of the Islander players said it sounds like he will be fine.
Cal clutterbuck said it: http://www.newsday.c...poso-1.13372462

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:39 PM

Glad for some encouraging news.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:52 PM

Glad for some encouraging news.


Absolutely.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 12:53 PM

one of the Islander players said it sounds like he will be fine.
Cal clutterbuck said it: http://www.newsday.c...poso-1.13372462

Without Wawrow's reporting (and Hammy acting like he knows something, which is never the case), I wouldn't have much any stock into Clutterbuck's quote. But put together it sounds encouraging.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:00 PM

Talked to a couple ER docs this morning, not know anything except the reported timeline of him feeling off for a little while then checking in to a hospital and the neuro icu their first guess was possible flu like viral spinal menengitis. One said its serious but self limiting if so and complete recovery yes. Only concern would be for teamates, other players and anyone he has come in contact with. Pure speculation, but timeline fits and reported statements that he will be fine fits too.


I used to cover the NICU at Buffalo General and know the staff there very well. I haven't asked anyone directly because of HIPAA, but from the rumblings I have heard meningitis appears correct. Whether it's viral or bacterial I'm not sure of.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:08 PM

Good news: Source tells me #Sabres' Kyle Okposo has been discharged from Buffalo General Hospital.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:22 PM

That is fantastic news.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:32 PM

Outstanding

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:40 PM

Pretty amazing going from the Neuro ICU to discharged in two days. Makes me think whatever it was couldn't have been too serious and everything was just precautionary.

Great to hear that he is out. Could be a good sign regarding his hockey future.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:58 PM

Sweet...... happy to hear and glad he's well.



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 01:59 PM

Awesome, our Doc said menengitis is associated with a high fever hence the reason for ICU, but it is self limiting because of high fever. If this is the case, probably why he was discharged so quickly once fever is gone. hmmm Glad its over for KO.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:05 PM


@4TomMartin 10m10 minutes ago


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Good news: Source tells me #Sabres' Kyle Okposo has been discharged from Buffalo General Hospital.


Most excellent.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 02:51 PM

Okposo is showing signs of improvement per John Wawrow

 

good hope he makes a full recovery :)



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Posted 07 April 2017 - 03:05 PM

Discharged doesn't mean healthy. He could be stable but still have problems that need further attention. I'll wait until they say he's recovered.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:05 PM

Meningitis, viral, who knows where he got it, they prolly did a spinal, gave some steroids, some abx... I think he'll be just fine. I'd suspect bacterial meningitis would not be discharged so quickly. I'm not an internal medicine/hospitalist but that's my educated opinion.

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Posted 07 April 2017 - 10:16 PM

I'm not a 100% sure he has been discharged. He has been moved from the NICU I believe.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 07:07 AM

I'm not a 100% sure he has been discharged. He has been moved from the NICU I believe.


This had me really wondering for a second - in my world NICU means Neonatal ICU!

As I believe has already been mentioned, the well being of public figures is of interest to all of us. However, personal health issues are much different than injuries sustained on-ice, and privacy (or some would say, secrecy) is owed him. Kudos, as it appears all of the posters have been respectful of this point!

Best wishes to KO for a full recovery!

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 08:08 AM

Dad and Dad are doing just fine! My God, no wonder they kept it all so hush-hush. Can you imagine the long game Pegula is playing here with hockey genes?

 

Thanks for the chuckle, Park. It feels like we can finally breathe and joke a little.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:15 AM

WGR just reported that he has been discharged from the hospital and not just from the "NICU" (which to me always means neonatal, too).



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:48 AM

This might be jumping the gun a little. There's a lot we don't know. But if Kyle had a serious but treatable condition and was expected to be OK (as, apparently, one of his Islander teammates found out), was there a better way to keep the fans informed in that general sense? The whole episode was pretty terrifying to me, but I have a good imagination and tend to think the worst.

 

I understand privacy issues, but would a professional athlete in Buffalo and his family really want virtually nothing disclosed to the public, not even a statement to the effect that, "He has a serious illness, but the prognosis is good."? This of course assumes that Kyle didn't make a miracle recovery after things initially looked bleak.

 

Prepared for the "the fans are owed nothing" responses.



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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:54 AM

This might be jumping the gun a little. There's a lot we don't know. But if Kyle had a serious but treatable condition and was expected to be OK (as, apparently, one of his Islander teammates found out), was there a better way to keep the fans informed in that general sense? The whole episode was pretty terrifying to me, but I have a good imagination and tend to think the worst.
 
I understand privacy issues, but would a professional athlete in Buffalo and his family really want virtually nothing disclosed to the public, not even a statement to the effect that, "He has a serious illness, but the prognosis is good."? This of course assumes that Kyle didn't make a miracle recovery after things initially looked bleak.
 
Prepared for the "the fans are owed nothing" responses.


Under HIPPA unless you've received explicit permission to disclose something publicly, pretty certain they can't say anything about the illness itself. One of legal eagles shoukd know more on what can & can't be said.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:57 AM

Nothing preventing Kyle and his family from making their own statement.
Makes me assume privacy is what they want

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 10:59 AM

Under HIPPA unless you've received explicit permission to disclose something publicly, pretty certain they can't say anything about the illness itself. One of legal eagles shoukd know more on what can & can't be said.

 

HIPAA prevents them from saying anything, period.  Under the CBA, the players signed away a very limited portion of their HIPAA rights--namely, the teams can disclose injuries sustained in a game or practice or (I think) training.  I also THINK--but am not certain--that the team can disclose minor diseases (flu, food poisoning) that prevent participation in a game, but I'm not even sure about that one; reporters might find that stuff out from the players themselves.

 

Otherwise, nothing at all.  Zip, zero, zilch.  And it's not really even the team that is gagged; it's the medical provider.  Buffalo General can't say anything to anyone without Okposo's permission, and that includes the team (although his contract likely provides the permission to receive disclosures but not disseminate).  (In case you're wondering how electronic medical records and billing systems work in this system, those operators sign business affiliate agreements with the health care provider, and the business affiliates also are covered by HIPAA.)


Edited by Eleven, 08 April 2017 - 11:04 AM.


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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:00 AM

HIPAA prevents them from saying anything, period.  Under the CBA, the players signed away a very limited portion of their HIPAA rights--namely, the teams can disclose injuries sustained in a game or practice or (I think) training.  Otherwise, nothing at all.  Zip, zero, zilch.


Thanks for the clarification.

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 11:04 AM

Nothing preventing Kyle and his family from making their own statement.
Makes me assume privacy is what they want

Good point. They have every right to privacy. Maybe they didn't know how ominous it all sounded from the outside and how concerned the fans were. Understandably, maybe none of that was in their thought process.