I did plan to stay in contact on here but got caught up with the constant changes in my life.
We have moved. Our new address is 725 S. High Street, Unit 20, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. We now live in a brand new house, one floor, 3 bedroom. Even though it is a condo, we are not attached physically to any other house although we are close. We have a 12x16 foot deck so we do have a small private space. I have had so much trouble deciding what to get rid of and what I might need.
I was afraid the move would make Joe's Alzhiemer's worse but so far it seems to be better for right now. He doesn't want to do much but he said he loves the move. I was so afraid it would take a long time if ever for him to adjust but he is content with his lift chair, new tv and fireplace with gas logs so he doesn't have to cut wood.
David is doing fairly well. In some ways great. The kidney is doing it's job and David is getting his strength back but he is dealing with a vascular issue and the doctors seem to have some different ideas as to the course of action. I guess we will know what the decision is by close of day on Friday. Either way he will spend a few days in the hospital if I understand things well.
I am getting more grandson time with the boys. Sure would love to see the girls but they live in Fl so it will be awhile
Better run, I am still arranging stuff
Write and let me know how you are all doing
It has been over a year since I posted on here. Since then David went through a year of testing and illnesses. Finally a donor was selected and she only lives 5 houses down from us. She is 54, 85 lbs and 4'10" and one of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet.
David's transplant took place in Baltimore Md at Johns Hopkins Hospital by Dr Robert Montgomery in their incompatible kidney program. He is terrific! David's kidney kicked in while he was still on the table and hasn't let up yet!
You can see God's hand in it all. We were in Baltimore for 10 weeks. We were a bit claustrophobic and really got out of shape. Long term stays in hospitals always take a toll on my body. I am so grateful for all the friends, family, neighbors and strangers that helped us to make it through all the mental, spiritual, emotional and financial challenges that we were able to conquer through God. I thank you all.
We are now home and just put our house up for sale. We had our first 2 showings today and have 2 more scheduled for tomorrow. They do not even have the sign up yet but need to soon. The Lorain County Fair is next week and we get LOTS of fair traffic by our home.....
David got an abdominal infection so they had to open the wound and yesterday they were able to discontinue that. He is healing so fast.
So if you would like to add a couple of prayers on our behalf, David's healing, the sale of our house, safe travels to and from all the hospital visits and the ability to trust God and hand over all the stresses! Thanks again! Love you all
The time may be getting close. David got a call yesterday from Johns
Hopkins. We have known for a couple of weeks that they have someone that
is in the tissue typing phase of testing but have not been given any
further information. (HIPPA laws you know) Yesterday they said they needed
to send out a lab testing kit for me to give blood. I was his first donor
and none of the others were living donors. So they want to test my blood
to help determine what was introduced into his body that might be a
potential problem for rejection. I am not sure of the dynamics of it all
but it is another step closer.
It is hard not to get excited and maybe even overly optimistic. Please
join us in praying to God to do what is best for David.
Thank you all once again.
My brother is in China again and in the first week there have been 18 Baptisms. I am so proud of him. This trip he took his son-in-law. Pray for their safety
David was in dialysis yesterday as usual. Regular treatment until the end. Usually when they pull the needles out of his arm, he bleeds for 5-10 mins. Yesterday he bled for an hour and 15 minutes. He said his hand was numb and hurting from holding the sites and he bled a lot, being covered in blood. The thought is that his platlet count is really low again. If so he will probably end up with another transfusion and a bone biopsy. He has an appointment with the hemotology doctor on Thursday. Please pray that things go well for him when he goes Monday for dialysis. He cannot afford to keep losing that much blood.
The incredible part, he drove a 4 hour trip to see Sharon and the boys and to attend services in Chillicothe in the morning. I honestly don't know how he does it, other than by the strength of God.
I got to see some friends that now live in California as they were passing through on a LONG vacation with 4 young children. They seemed to be doing quite well so far. My, how those children have grown since I last saw them.
Eddie, Joe's son, finished his first course of Chemo. Good news after the PET scan was that it has not spread from the lungs. He did get terribly sick before it was done.
Joe is going through a phase that is better than it was. The doc has given him meds for the Parkinson's symptoms and so far seem to be helping.
He is still walking with me on the majority of days. Around the park twice is a mile and he usually will make two trips although he takes some "bench" time along the way. I am fine with that as long as he is still trying.
Peanut drives me nuts. You would think by now he would be used to the idea that he has a leash and he cannot go "squirrel hunting". But "NO" the knucklehead tries to break away, bites at his leash, tries to break my arm and howls like I am killing him although he has on the halter (not the collar) He would break his crazy neck with it. I guess I will just keep trying.