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Thursday, May 20, 2010

100 Percent Natural Texan (except for that Florida liver)

Wow – what a week it’s been! Daddy’s still in the hospital and in ICU. And in case you were wondering, this is Daddy:

Daddy

Notice the serious look in his eyes? That’s because what you can’t see is the big tray of crawfish he’s eating and all this picture taking is interrupting said crawfish. Can you read his shirt? Yep, it’s one of his many Texas shirts. This man is one proud Texan that’s for sure.

Last time I was here I told y’all how good he was doing and at the time he was but soon after he had a pretty big set back. He developed a tremendous amount of fluid which made it extremely difficult to breathe so they had to re-sedate him and back on the ventilator he went. The reason for the fluid build up was his kidneys were failing. So now he’s sedated, on the ventilator and now having 24-hour dialysis. Great. Oh, and they had to restrain him because when he did come to a little he tried to pull the breathing tube out. I have to say – as worried as I was about his kidneys the part that completely shattered my heart was hearing he was restrained.

Tuesday mama got to talk to his liver doctor and got the scoop on the kidneys. While he was on bypass during the surgery, he had a build-up of protein which in turn damaged some of the kidney muscle and because they were pushing so much fluid in, they couldn’t handle it and began to just give up. Dialysis is doing the work so that they can heal themselves. And that’s just what they’re doing!

Yesterday they took him off the ventilator because he was breathing completely on his own and his kidneys were starting to do a little better. So much better that starting today he’ll only be doing dialysis one or twice a day instead of 24-hours a day. The kidney situation is only temporary and right now the hope is he’ll be out of ICU and in a room by Saturday.

And the liver? Well, that thing is working like one that’s brand new and right-out-of-the box. So good that it’s producing Factor VIII - the clotting component that his body has never in his whole, entire life produced and was why he had hemophilia. Do you know what that means? No more hemophilia! What a weight off their shoulders that is. This man has had more kidney stones than I can count, some dental surgeries and a complete knee-replacement within the last few years and those things mean home-health nurses coming to the house once a day for several days in a row to give him IV infusions of clotting factor. Can you imagine what a relief that will be to him?

Thanks again to everyone for all the prayers and positive, healing thoughts you all sent to Daddy. He’s still needing them as well as so many others out there in blogland. So tonight when you give your thanks for the day and say your prayers, please remember not only my daddy but Daffy and Michelle and Jean Paul and Renee. Oh, I need tell you about Renee! She tweeted last Thursday night that her Dad was at Duke receiving a liver transplant and asked for prayers that it would be a match. I told her that I would be praying because I knew how much I wanted there to be a match for my daddy. Nine hours later we found out Daddy was getting his. What are the odds that the fathers of two Twitter friends would receive the gift of life with 24 hours of each other? Now if that doesn’t make you want to be an organ donor (if you’re not already) I don’t know what could.

Remember – don’t take your organs with you. Heaven knows we need them here.

13 comments:

Ronda Guillot said...

I love you Leaih! Thanks for the update. And God... To YOU be the glory, great things YOU have done!

starnes family said...

Can't agree more. My sister is in need of a kidney and organ donation has always been at the top of my list, regardless of her circumstances. We should ALL BE DONORS!

It's the best gift you'll give in life.

Mr. Daddy said...

Big Sigh!!!! That's good news...happy for you guys..

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I'm glad he's doing well now! Prayers coming his way, as he continues to recover.

Tawnya said...

God is great!! I have been praying and will continue to pray!!

Candance said...

YAY!! That's soooo good to hear!! I just knew he'd start doing better!

Kmama said...

Awesome news! I'm sorry about the setback, but it sounds like he is doing much better now!!

Aunt Crazy said...

I'm so happy that he's doing better now!

Dee said...

Damn it girl...I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes! Thank you so much for including Jean' Paul in your prayer request!!

Sorry to hear about your Dad's setback, but so glad he's coming back around! I'm still sayin' my prayers chere'!!! Hugs! Love ya!

Michelle Hoad said...

Glad to hear the good news! Stay strong for your Daddy and we will keep on praying.

{Kimber} said...

thinking of you and your PROUD TEXAN Daddy!! :)

hugs

Debbie said...

I completely agree about the organ donation. We need an opt-out program, not our current opt-in one.
Glad you dad is doing well. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Rachel said...

Soooo thankful. More updates, more updates to keep the masses happy! :)

Can I say that I've been filled with gratefulness over the terrific second chance for your dad!