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From Josh Trentine

The creator of SuperSlow Exercise needs your support!

In late 2019, my mentor and friend, Ken Hutchins, the creator of the SuperSlow protocol and philosophy and Renaissance Exercise, suffered a mysterious illness that landed him in and out of the hospital for months.

It started in early December 2019 with an easily dismissed on and off again sore throat and some night sweats. But on December 8 2019, after a night of incessant coughing and fever, Ken was admitted to the emergency room.

This first of 3 hospital stays commenced a diagnostic mystery as doctors struggled to nail down what was wrong with Ken. He had very low blood pressure and some other tests including a heart ultrasound that showed that Ken was technically in acute heart failure and was experiencing atrial fibrillation. He struggled with incredible fatigue and weakness, coughing, fits of hiccups and hyperventilation, along with severe pain when breathing in, and fever.

A high white blood cell count was briefly attributed to the discovery of a sick gallbladder, but the count remained high even after the procedure to remove it was well over.

As the mystery of his illness continued, in an attempt to find his issue, two CT scans with contrast dye were performed. But as a result, Ken needed to undergo 13 kidney dialysis treatments (three of which were done as outpatient procedures between hospitalizations) and there was no guarantee that his kidneys would ever return. He was in dialysis treatment on his 68th birthday, on Christmas Day and on New Year?s Day 2020.

He would not be discharged from his first hospital stay until January 10 2020, with a diagnosis of post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (an inflammation of the tiny fibres of the kidneys).

But Ken would soon be readmitted only 9 days later because of a 103-degree fever and low hemoglobin. In his second hospital stay Ken went through a litany of further tests including a bone marrow biopsy (negative) and chest X-rays daily to monitor water build up in his lungs including, eventually, a procedure to remove the excess fluid. And still, all the tests for bacteria, viruses, and other germs that may cause infections came back negative.

It was clear that along with the mystery of Ken?s medical challenges, both Ken and Brenda would be facing a massive economic obstacle ahead. For the first time, a man who has worked harder and more than anyone I have ever known, was abruptly forced to stop working and without much indication as to when he would be able to return to work again. Without income, there would be mounting difficulties to cover both rent (business and home), and expenses (business and personal).

On January 30 2020, Ken was discharged from the hospital a second time with a new diagnosis of acute Rheumatic Fever which was related to and built upon the previous diagnosis of glomerulonephritis, and it seemed that this all made sense. Ken would be able to return to a fully active and normal life, aside from the need for daily penicillin to ward off new Strep.

But nightly fevers began yet again in early May and by May 19 2020, Ken was readmitted for his third hospital stay.



By this time, things at the hospital were very different due to the COVID19 protocols. Despite prior testing by his infectious disease doctor, the hospital needed a blood antibody test. All tests came back negative.



As Ken?s fevers persisted and some markers of inflammation began to rise, a new test called the KARIUS was mentioned. This is a new blood test that can identify thousands of pathogens. But this test also came back negative.



However, it was noticed that in addition to the fevers, Ken had a puffy left hand, wrist pains, and stiffness in other joints. These factors combined with the spontaneous improvement of symptoms after a course of IV steroids, along with the confirmation of rashes in his previous hospital stays, led to a diagnosis of Still?s Disease: A rare type of inflammatory arthritis that features rash, fever spikes, and joint pain.



Ken was discharged after his third hospital stay on June 1st. He now requires various medications, including Methotrexate, Prednisone, Penicillin and Eliquis. There?s also a possibility that insulin may be required. Plus, there have been recommendations of specialized drugs for his latest diagnosis that would cost hundreds a month, even after insurance coverage.



Ken and Brenda are on Medicare, including a Medicare supplement that has covered most of the medical expenses so far, but every year during open enrollment there is an increase. While they are hopeful to be able to continue to afford that option, the alternative is to go into the HMO system which could be problematic for continuity of care and options available.



This is Ken's 3rd diagnosis since late 2019 and there is no guarantee that it will hold. He was into his 4th month of recovery when this latest assault on his health occurred, further setting back any improvement previously made.



He is very frail and unable to drive due to possible side effects of the medication. And as Brenda is his full-time caregiver, she is unable to seek employment.

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MikaelPR

My apologies, I meant to send this as part of the GoFundMe started by Josh. Here is the link:
https://gf.me/u/x8k683
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

== Scott ==
Wow it doesn?t sound good for ken. I wonder what?s going on? I was going to say it was good to hear from Josh again but he didn?t post this? So I hope you are doing well Josh!
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Average Al

Yah, that doesn't sound good. Disorders involving immune system disfunction can be very frustrating, because often the causes are unknown, and even getting a diagnosis can be difficult (as seems to have been the case here).

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Nwlifter

oh man poor Ken...
wow weird it came on so fast too, best wishes to him and his family!
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Ellington Darden

I've been aware of Ken's condition for the last three months. Ken is a longtime friend of mine and we both grew up in Conroe, Texas. I talk with Ken often on the phone. He's a fighter and I believe he will pull through. If you can help him, please do so.

Ellington
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Brian A Schamber

Texas, USA

I met Ken twice and he put me through a workout on TSC Machines in 2017 (In Conroe). I had a great experience and he scolded me when I tried to "spike the red line" at the end of the leg extension. It was apparent that he loves his music (many trumpets) and cares about helping people.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

== Scott==
It?s interesting how quickly interest in ken dropped off. If I recall correctly they gave him some dye or something to drink for a cat scan or something and then his kidneys failed ? That?s pretty scary!
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sirloin

entsminger wrote:
== Scott==
It?s interesting how quickly interest in ken dropped off. If I recall correctly they gave him some dye or something to drink for a cat scan or something and then his kidneys failed ? That?s pretty scary!


I've had the dye drink and tests, one for kidneys (I was born with one), and one for a brain scan (post stroke). That was 17 years ago, I believe they no longer do the dry test for the brain as it actually increases the likelihood of another stroke. But I've never heard of a dye causing kidney failure?? My mum ended up with kidney failure after getting an infection in hospital, she got dialysis for a year before dying from massive stroke.
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HeavyHitter32

entsminger wrote:
== Scott==
It?s interesting how quickly interest in ken dropped off. If I recall correctly they gave him some dye or something to drink for a cat scan or something and then his kidneys failed ? That?s pretty scary!


From what I recall, the dye used in ct scans actually very briefly shuts off the kidneys...and in that rare/odd case they do not 'turn' back on. It's really not an issue with the gadolinium dyes used in the MRI scans.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott===
So Josh, how about an update on Ken!
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