My brother is on the mend. He’s out of the coma, and is somewhat responsive, though apparently the effects of the malady and coma are somewhat akin to a stroke. Turns out that the main culprit was his low thyroid… a lack of sufficient medication so much so that his body started shutting down vital functions. Specifically, in his case, his body stopped converting ammonia into urea and pushed him into a coma. Anyway, things are a bit better now. He’s definitely got a long recovery, and he may never fully recover to the point that he can go back to work.
The early symptoms of low thyroid disorder include a general sense of lethargy (which I refer to as “brain fog”), memory problems, and sensitivity to cold. Thyroid disorders are also closely correlated to high cholesterol.
Update: 6:45 pm: He’s back in ICU. His condition is worsening again.
Update: He developed a rare blood complication, and they are going to try to treat it with chemotherapy.