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Dan Very Fragile

Realizing the possible consequences of delay, a medical team was put together last night to help Dan.At 11 p.m. Friday night, the medical team at UCSF removed one liter of the four liters of fluid (1 gallon +) under Dan’s lungs and near his heart.  They said it would be too much of a shock to Dan’s system to remove all 4 liters at once.  They will probably set up a drain to slowly release the rest of the fluid.

The ultrasound to explore the fluid in Dan’s chest revealed that the sarcoma nodules in Dan’s left lung are growing.  They are pressing on his heart but are not in the heart muscle. The pressure from the sarcoma keeps the fluid from moving out of the right ventricle to where it is supposed to go.  Unbearable pain has developed in Dan’s left shoulder and surrounding area.  The Dr. is considering doing an ultrasound there in an effort to discover what is causing that pain.  I have cried a good bit as I face all this reality.  But we are not giving up until God tells us it is time for Dan to go Home.

The doctors are conferring with Dan’s Personal Physician, Dr. Appelle, and the Oncologist Resident on call this weekend.  The Cardiologist is also trying to reach Dr. Jahan, the Chief of Oncology, who is overseeing Dan’s case.  So, we say with Paul, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt.  Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.  Brothers and sisters, pray for us.”  I Thessalonians 5:18 – 25 — Anne and Dan

Our Beloved Dr. Kati, gifted Pediatrician and Family Dr in Sfantu Gheorghe

Our Beloved Dr. Kati, gifted Pediatrician and Family Dr in Sfantu Gheorghe

In the "good ole days" with our Romanian son and daughter, Stefan and Camellia

In the "good ole days" with our Romanian son and daughter, Stefan and Camellia

 


May 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm Leave a comment

Fluid Removed Tonight

We thank God that Dan is okay. The ultrasound and x-ray both showed water under Dan’s lungs.  I don’t know how it affected his heart, but it was making his breathing difficult. After the ultrasound this afternoon, the cardiologist sent Dan immediately to the Emergency Room for blood tests in preparation for immediate hospitalization, and removing the fluid on Saturday.  

The doctor in charge decided to put together a team tonight.  Using lidocaine for a local anesthetic, the fluid was successfully drained out through a small needle about 11 p.m.  One more x-ray will be taken, then Dan will be moved to a regular hospital room where they will keep a close watch on him the rest of the night.  We hope he can come home sometime Saturday.

About the opening in the flap, the Plastic Surgeon was so impressed with how I had cleaned and packed the cavity even though the opening is tiny…he told Dan and Scott that he decided not to make the opening larger.  Since I am home, sick with a sinus infection, I could not defend myself and plead for a little bigger opening.  When the tiny hole closes completely, then I guess the Dr will make an opening. 

Sound, loving advice I received today from a trusted friend was to search my heart for any anger or unforgiveness that may be locked in the prison of my heart.  I “saw” many people who have hurt me severely beginning with the most recent ones, and going back to family members who did me great harm as a child.  I told God that I forgive them, that I do love them and wish them no harm.  Then I released them to God to deal with as He sees fit.  Jesus said to His disciples in Matthew 6:14-15, “If you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.   But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”  God, please, give us all the desire to let go of our pain and anger against those who have hurt us, and then help us totally forgive (let go; release to God). —  Anne and Dan

As the sea washes the sands of Montara beach, may God's Love wash all the pain and anger from our hearts.

As the sea washes the sands of Montara beach, may God's Love wash all the pain and anger from our hearts.

 

May 2, 2009 at 7:45 am Leave a comment


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