Friday, September 7, 2012

Blood Clot

My dad's procedure went well today. They went in and put bands around the polyps (there's another word for them...but that's basically what they are...) anyhow. They put bands around them and they should fall off in a week or so.

When he is all healed up from this procedure they will start him on blood thinners for the blood clot that they found in a vein (or artery?) between his stomach and liver. Being on the blood thinners and all that will pump him up on the transplant list. That should all happen in the next month or two.

This is the nature of having a failing internal organ and being on a transplant list I guess. You gotta get worse before you can get better.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Transplant Coordinator Info.

I forgot to mention the person to call to find out if you are a good match for my dad! 

And let me stress again....this would be at NO COST TO YOU!

My dad's insurance covers him and the donor in a transplant situation. All of your testing, before and after surgery care, food, lodging...all of that is covered by his insurance. I do not think that it will compensate your wages lost from work though. That is something you'd have to pray about to know what is right for you and  your family.

This is a HUGE thing. I know that. But, I also know that both you and my dad will be greatly blessed. Mayo Clinic has a great support team. You will have a donation advocate who will make sure you know all the facts and will get you all the information you need to help you in your decision process.

The point is to be TESTED....find out if you are a match and THEN decide if donating part of your liver is something you feel is right to do. 

Again... whether you decided to donate or will not have to pay for anything. Really. If you just want a thorough medical evaluation and a trip to AZ...for free...I'd say go for it! The more people who are tested...the greater the chance is of finding a donor for my dad!

Here is the person to call!

Kathy: 480-342-1010 or 1-800-344-6296

Another little update on my dad. He had an MRI today. Also. The doctor told them that these polyps in his throat are caused by bad blood flow due to the fact that the poor guys liver doesn't work right! If they burst, he will bleed to death. SO...tomorrow he will go in and have a procedure done that will stop the blood flow to those polyps.

 Keep those prayers coming!


This is Jennifer! Long time no see, right?!

Life has been busy and blogger hasn't worked for I haven't kept up on with this blog very well lately.

My dad is doing alright. He is tired most of the time...I think he is "sick and tired of being sick and tired". He had an upper and lower GI done yesterday. They don't have all of the results back yet. During the lower GI, they removed some polyps to run lab work on...check for cancer and all that. There are some polyps in his esophagus also. They didn't remove any of them for testing. They felt it was too risky.

I also just want to let out a BIG CHEER because my dad is still alive! He was given a year to live with this diseased liver of his and he's made it. We are very hopeful that a liver will become available again soon.

A live liver donor for my dad has not been found. All canidates and their information are kept confidential, so we don't know who has been tested and who hasn't. I started the process of being tested and then found out that I am pregnant. I am not sure how long I have to wait after the baby is born to start the process again. Probably at least a year. I don't know if we have that long. If you have O+ or B+ blood...please consider being a live liver donor for my dad! It will be NO cost to you. You will get the BEST medical evaluation of your life from top doctors at Mayo clinic. Also, a lot of the preliminary testing can be done where you live. You would have to come to AZ (again, at no cost to you) and go through a series to tests at Mayo Clinic eventually (if they feel like you are a good candidate). Please think and pray about this opportunity!

Hope all is well with you can your families!

P.S. If you do not know your blood type, you can call and ask your doctor about it. Or, you can go donate blood and find out that way.