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Father's long stay in ICU and wedding

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    Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:37 AM

    I just thought I would give you guys an update on my dad. He is still in ICU. Today marks exactly 7 weeks, And maybe only a told of 3-4 those day he was in a normal hospital room.

    For all of those that did not read my earlier post, I will give you a quick run down. In May of this year my father was diagnosed with cancer of the distal esophagus. While going through test for surgery the found he had a couple blockages in his coronary arteries so he had a quadruple bypass June 30th. He recovered from that and on June 24th went in for esophageal surgery. He had some complications from surgery and has been in the hospital ever since.

    His esophagus still has not healed. They keep doing barium swallows and every time is shows there is a leak from his esophagus into his chest. He has also since developed a bad infection in his chest. He has three chest tubes right now that are draining. They did a second surgery to close the leak but it did not close.

    They went in last week and but a stint in his esophagus and performed another barium swallow and this time it showed a very small leak below the stint. So they are waiting a week to see if it will close on its own.

    They are afraid to operate again due to all the infection so we are just waiting. The other surgical options are very invasive including, replacing his esophagus with small intestine. The doctor said that my dad was in the top 5 of his most difficult cases. It is starting to get to the point of wondering if he will ever come home.

    The worst part about the whole thing is I live in central Arkansas and they are in San Antonio so I can’t see them as much as I would like.

    Needless to say, my parents will not be going to Mexico for my wedding. We have decided that we are going to have a very small mini ceremony in Texas for them. We were planning on getting legally married before anyway. So we are just doing what we have to do.

    Thank you all for being supportive. It is very hard times right now. Thanks for listening.

    #2 lmg970

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      Posted 11 September 2008 - 09:44 AM

      your dad will be in prayers tonight, he will get better, but the waiting is the worst part.

      #3 Banana11

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        Posted 11 September 2008 - 12:17 PM

        I'm sending you lots of positive energy! Take care!

        #4 Yari

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          Posted 11 September 2008 - 02:59 PM

          You poor thing, I am so sorry this is happening to you!

          You are in my thoughts and prayers.

          #5 sunset78

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            Posted 11 September 2008 - 03:12 PM

            I really hope things get better soon. Prayers go to you and your family.

            **huge hugs**

            #6 ~*petals*~

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              Posted 11 September 2008 - 07:39 PM

              Prayers for you and your family. It's nice that you're having a mini-ceremony in TX ahead of time.

              #7 kevsgirl

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                Posted 11 September 2008 - 11:15 PM

                I can't imagine how hard this all must be for you (and your family) right now. We're all here to listen, so feel free to vent/cry/say anything on here. We'll listen. :)

                Best wishes going out to your father and your family.

                #8 Kelly C

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                  Posted 12 September 2008 - 09:32 AM

                  I have chills right now. My prayers are soooo with you. I know how hard this is I went through the same thing myself not so long ago.
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                  #9 amandalovesryan

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                    Posted 12 September 2008 - 03:04 PM

                    i feel for you and your family. i wil pray for you! does your dad have a peg tube? if not, how is he getting nutrition? I feel for him, those chest tubes must be painful. Please let us know how he is!
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