Friday, July 22, 2011
Blood Drive and Update
That is the information for a blood drive that my mom's work is having in honor of my Dad. Please help reach their goal of 50, I want to see if we can reach my goal of 125 which is the amount of transfusions my dad has needed since the start of his cancer (this number may be up to 150-160ish at the time of the blood drive.) It would be great if all who could make it, would! If you can't make it, take the time to donate at your local blood center, all the blood donated does save lives. Like I have said in the past, until this point I didn't personally know anyone who got transfusions to save their life. Now, in the past 9 months, without blood transfusions I would have lost one of the people who means the most to me in my life. I wish there was a way for me to thank all of those people who donate blood all of the time, if you are one of them THANK YOU. I am going to donate on the clock every time I am eligible for the rest of my life. It's a big deal and that blood is like gold to our family these days. I know we aren't the only ones who are blessed to have it available either so help support all those loved ones who need it.
As for my dad's status, he is still having troubles with bleeding... The bleeding seems to be getting a little worse each week which is very, very hard. He is getting transfusions every other day of 2-3units each time. They did another CAT scan on Tuesday and found that the chemo he was on isn't working to fight the cancer much at all. Of course he is off of that chemo since it wasn't doing anything and because of the bleeding. He meets with the doctor in 2 weeks to see how the bleeding is going. They also found a blood clot in his left lung on the CAT scan. This was very, very scary to us because we had never had that problem before. They did ultrasounds of his legs, pelvis, chest, neck, arms, and abdomen but found no source of where the blood clot came from. They inserted a net that acts like an umbrella that will catch any blood clots that may start in the legs/abdomen area just as a precaution. They of course cannot treat the blood clot that is in the lung because the treatment is with blood thinners which my dad cannot have because of his bleeding. The doctor seemed to think that the blood clot in his left lung was small enough and that it wouldn't travel to the heart.
Please, Please pray that my dad doesn't get severe pain, that this bleeding stops, and that he doesn't have troubles with blood clots anymore. Your prayers mean everything, they really, really do.
Dad, "If every word I said, could make you laugh, I'd talk forever... If the song I sing to you could fill your heart with joy, I'd sing forever..." You mean so much to me Dad, I would do anything for you. I love you so, so much and you are my hero, I look up to you so, so much.
I will never grow out of being your little princess!
Posted by Mrs. Ihde at 7:01 AM