Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

In Memoriam

This will be the last post on this site and it’s all about Dad’s funeral.  I want to thank everyone for attending and helping make it a beautiful service.  Buckie, thanks for speaking, and Suzie thanks for singing.  I have been asked to post the text of what I said and will do so below. [...]

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How he passed

Dad lost his battle this past Saturday morning the 25th at 9:00 am.  The last few days were really tough as Dad’s brain and awareness of reality began to leave.  The saddest part was on Wednesday afternoon when Dad started his final slide backwards and he knew that he was not understanding and was confused [...]

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Cancer does suck

It’s true!  Dad had another visit today with his primary doctor and didn’t get much good news.  His blood work and the x-ray done pre-visit show his calcium levels are elevated again from more bone cancer and the recent severe pains he’s had in his arm and chest are due to new or grown tumors. [...]

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Ups and Downs

It’s been a while since my last post mostly because we’ve just been in a recovery period for the last couple weeks with Dad.  We’ve only had one scheduled appointment since the last update and that was this past Wednesday to follow-up on his lung stint.  They were happy with his lung sounds and his [...]

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A Step Forward

Dad did well in his surgery to install a PEG tube in his abdomen to supply tube feeding nutrition without the aggravation of the tube in the nose.  He’s tolerating the formula better and seems to be in better spirits having had more nutrition and energy. Here you can see the actual internal portion of the PEG secured to [...]

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Can’t Win ‘Em All

Today was one of those “one step back” days.  Dad failed every aspect of his swallowing test.  We viewed the x-ray video showing him aspirate on everything he drank even using all the techniques used to prevent it.  It is now all of certain that his recent pneumonia was caused by fluid from eating and drinking making [...]

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Discharged!

Dad has escaped the label of inpatient once again.  Here he is sitting on our hotel balcony enjoying the sweltering Houston summer.  We are thrilled to have him “home” and are looking forward to continued improvement.  He’s on a soft diet now and that will be re-evaluated tomorrow during a x-ray swallow test to make sure he’s [...]

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Mobile update

Here is Dad enjoying some iPhone games after a little physical therapy wore him out. It’s looking like he will even be discharged in the next couple days. He is eating soft foods now so hopefully his feeding tube will be removed soon. For all you iPhone owners out there, it’s the game “Angry Birds” [...]

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Post-Op

Dad made it through his little operation to open the obstructed airway.  They removed tumor and placed a splint to insure the airway stays open.  Stay tuned for more updates…

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Operation tomorrow

Dad’s team has decided that a laser bronchoscopy would be beneficial in increasing airflow to his left lung.  The plan is tomorrow that they will again go down his throat but this time with a laser attached to actually remove some tumor. I have made a simple graphic to help illustrate the location and what the team [...]

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