Quick update 2/21

I wanted to give you all a quick update on what has transpired with Michael this past week. For the last several weeks we have been noticing some changes in Michael’s personality and mental state. He has also been coughing a lot!! On Monday I called his Neuro oncology team and after describing what was going on, they told me to take him to the ER. I brought him to Mission Hospital where we spent the entire day. They thought that he may have pneumonia and After speaking with his doctors in LA decided to admit him back at UCLA. His doctors decided to go ahead and do a brain MRI to see if the tumor has spread into other areas of his brain which would explain the changes in his mental state. We got some really really great news today…the MRI looked really good. The tumor has decreased and so has the swelling in his brain. They also did a CT scan of his lungs and determined that he does not have pneumonia! He does have a small blood clot in one of his lungs and they are going to hold off treating him with anticoagulants until we get the mental changes figured out. At this point they think it is due to the high doses of steroids he has been on as well as several other medications they have given him to help him sleep. The steroids make it really difficult for Michael to sleep at night so I am sure the lack of sleep isn’t helping either. Today they brought in some additional doctors to work on getting him off a lot of these medications including the steroids. It will take about two weeks to wean him off them completely. We are praying that he will be back to his normal self very soon. I’m not sure how much longer they will keep him at UCLA. Now that he has completed this course of treatment and we have a month until his next brain MRI, They are thinking that he would benefit from going back into an acute rehabilitation center to work on getting function back on his left side. Michael is on board with this plan so now we just need to pray that the insurance will approve it! He will most likely either go back to California rehab in Century City or to the acute rehab facility at Hoag in Newport Beach. Thank you for your continued prayers!


  • Cindy Hammond

    Praying for God’s continued hand of healing and protection, and that He continues to guide medical staff to answers in what can be a very confusing puzzle. Michael has so much going on that affects neurological/emotional state and medications can contribute to problems rather than help, and that’s tricky because it’s different for everyone. I’ve been on the steroids and experienced the sleep deprivation issues, and tried sleep medications that also added to confusion. There was a point where evidence showed I had taken more meds in my sleep (or thrown pills away, I’ll never know because I was alone). I found I had texted things I don’t remember texting, things that were out of character. I’m praying for all of you as you so faithfully remain by his side and love him through it. God is in control, rest in that. And know that so many of us are united in prayer!

  • Kristin Lamendola

    So glad to learn that the MRI looks positive. It would be wonderful if he could return to the acute rehab facility and get a return of some function on his left side. Holding you all in my prayers.

  • Tricia Lamendola

    Pinch me …. this is just wonderful news …… sending love and prayers for continued healing and this sounds like God is answering your prayers. Amen! Love you all.

  • jim fetner

    Pretty awesome news!!! God gave me a wonderful gift of being in the room when Michael heard the news!!
    Even better when Michael thru tears said he wished Lori and the kids could of been there at the same time he heard it. I love this family and continue to lift them in prayer.

  • Mary Ellen

    Sending our never ending prayers and love. MRI news is wonderful. Rehab will definitely help and medication review is the answer. God bless ♡

  • Dawn ( Rose ) Bishop

    I’m so thankful that Michael’s tumor has shrunk!!! God is so good! I think about him often and pray for him and you and the children. I’m so happy to hear this news! I hope he will be back to his self soon . Taking Michael off some of those strong meds may help. I will be praying for him. Hang in there with Jesus ( Jahova Rapha the healer!) Sincerely,. Dawn Rose Bishop😊

  • Lisa Nelson

    This is totally great news! The steroids really do a number on everyone. If they feel they can wean him off, you should see and feel marked improvement. Wonderful news about tumor shrinkage… that is such a positive sign. I keep all of you in my prayers!

  • Carol Lamendola

    So glad Michael and his family are finally getting some encouraging news. Let’s pray now that the insurance company steps up so he can get the care he needs. Sending loving thoughts and prayers.

  • Sue and Steve Klepak

    Rejoicing with you!!! Steve and I were just praying this morning for some encouragement for you and for all the prayers warriors that are standing with you. Thank you Lord!!!

  • Domenic Prinzivalli

    So glad to hear that the tumor has shrunk and the swelling reduced. It must be difficult to wait to receive feedback when changes arise. Hang in there and know that we think of and pray for him, you, and the rest of the family all the time.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Domenic and Pamm Prinzivalli

  • Charmaine Kulczyk

    The MRI news is awesome. The Kulczyk Clan back in Michigan plus our extended families in Indiana, Illinois, Florida keep the good vibrations of prayers to bless, guide. comfort and heal to just keep coming. We’re all on team Coulson….lots of love to all.

  • Rochelle Brannon

    Lori, We are here for you and your guy. Praying for his medical team as they bring Michael “back.” The entire Coulson Clan is at the center of our prayer. X0

  • Beth Bousley

    Wonderful news! We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. I’ve been thinking a lot about you all this past week and sending little prayers. Now I know why! Much love to you from an old ATT buddy of Michael’s.

  • Rhonda

    Hello Michael and Lori and family, You are the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing on my mind in the evening when I say my prayers. Your families here in WA Tri Cities area are all so pleased with your progress and wish for you the best the day can bring! We send our love and 🤗. Another day of new beginnings….love you, Rhonda

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