Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Sorry I didn't post sooner. But my dad is out of the hospital (since Saturday afternoon). They never did find out where the infection was coming from. ???

My dad was supposed to have a couple days of testing over at Mayo Clinic last week...but he had to reschedule it. SO...hopefully he'll be seen by his specialist soon.

This "waiting for a transplant" is such a terrible game. I don't like it. We have to wait for dad's health to get worse so that he can get bumped up on the list....which means he's getting a liver before someone else who is waiting....(weren't we all taught in school that it's not nice to cut in line?)....and then that means that MY dad gets a chance at better health while someone continues to suffer (not to mention the person who is walking around, going to work, spending time with their family right now who is going to die so that my dad can live.) Or dad can get part of a liver from a live donor (I feel much more comfortable with this option)...but these things take time and testing and....more waiting.

The thing that helps is knowing that the Lord has a plan. Things are easier when we can trust in Him and His timetable.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

So, I am sort of feeling like the procedure they did yesterday was a total waste of time and money.
The doctor looked in the large bile check to see if that's where the infection is coming from...well it's not. They reported that there is no stone in there (great! we already knew that!) The gallstone is in the small bile duct...and they didn't even look in that duct or try to get the stone out.
SO....I don't know what they are thinking. (I know they are doing their best and I am greatful for it...) They did drain almost 3 liters of fluid off of my dad's abdomen (toxic stuff that isn't being processed by dad's clogged up liver). So, that helps!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


It is for sure not the pnuemonia that has caused the infection that my dad is trying to fight off right's that darn gallstone that's been stuck in a bile duct for 9 YEARS!!!

My dad came home from work on the night of our family Christmas Eve party in 2003...doubled over in pain...white as a ghost (seriously...have you seen my dad? People think he's hispanic.) He had worked a full day...bearly able to walk he was in so much pain. So, he got to spend that Christmas in the hospital, recovering from a Cholecystectomy. (Don't think I'm smart...I googled that! )And although they removed his gallbladder this sneaky gallstone didn't want to leave...not then...or anytime since! But, they're gonna try again tomorrow morning.

So...pray tonight and tomorrow and anytime in between that by some miracle they will be able to get that stone out tomorrow!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Admitted :(

I haven't been posting on my this blog lately. My dad has been doing so well...(by that I mean not getting worse.)

Well. Yesterday, my dad had a really bad fever...the chills and shaking and all that (Ibuprofen wasn't helping). My mom took him to the ER. They ran some tests and blood work and determined he was in the early stages of pneumonia...gave him an antibiotic and sent him home.

Today, he got a phone call from the hospital telling him that results came back from another blood test. They said he has an infection in his blood (something called cocci...which I think is a form of staph or another word for staph? I'm really not sure.) anyhow...they told him that he needed to go back to the hospital for a few days of IV antibiotics. (My mom just called to say that the infectious disease doctor said that he thinks that infection from dad's pneumonia has spread to his blood.....but the pneumonia isn't a very bad case....they are going to run more tests and see what they can find out.) basically....we just have to wait and see....but he is on IV meds and under Dr. care.

Dad was supposed to have a few days of testing done over at Mayo Clinic this week....but that's going to have to wait.

My dad has been having abdominal swelling again (even with his special diet.).....this swelling and the infection he has now could be from a clogged bile duct. ????

So anyways. Just thought I'd let you all know what's going on.