Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Breaking News

Just thought I would send out an email to update everyone. Dad had his MRI last Friday and went to the Dr. yesterday to get the results.
His Dr. said that the tumor has grown but it is NOT in the liver and it has NOT metastasized!!! So, THAT is good news! The liver is still functioning well. The reason he is still jaundice is because the right side of the live is not draining. The tube he has in is working well and draining the left side of the liver. So, she gave him some options. He can do chemo (which he does NOT want to do) radiation again, or put in another tube to the right side of the liver. Then he would have TWO tubes hanging outside his body, NOT THE END OF THE WORLD!!! But, the one tube has not been totally comfortable for him so he is just waiting to see for the time being....

He has an apt on Feb. 19th to replace the tube that he currently has. At that time he can decide if he wants to add the 2nd tube. Dad asked his Dr. when she was going to fix him. He also told her, "Mark my words, make me an apt NOW for 5 yrs. from now and I will see you then." So, as you can see he has a great attitude!!!

He DOES have some strength back. He swept out 1/2 of their garage yesterday!!!!! And, today he went outside with the care giver that comes in on Mon, Wed, and Fri. He is a very nice guy that helps him in the shower, shave, and then walks him a bit. He has not been using his walker at all!!!! And, he only used his cane when he went out today and walked a couple of blocks!

He is loving his "root beer floats" that they go get frequently from Costco. He got a handicap sign for the car (no, he is not driving) so, mom drops him off at the door, he walks into the food court at Costco and mom parks close by and joins him. They order an ice cream and a root beer and pour it over the ice cream and then he is a HAPPY CAMPER!!!I hope to have a picture of HIM and MOM at COSTCO with their root beer floats soon!!!
Anyway, keep praying... he is doing well and we are happy with him and for him! We love you all and thank you for your love and support!

25 comments:

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Okay, I'm going to be the FIRST comment.

I didn't know you were going through this? Is it your child? Husband? Neighbor? Father?

Whoever it is SORRY. HUGS!

And WOWZERS! You've got a gorgeous family! YIKES. Whew!

Mechelle said...

The kids had root beer floats tonight at Young mens/womens and I totally thought of your sweet mom and dad. I hope he gets to drink lots and lots and lots of floats. Still praying for you and your family. m

KC Mom said...

Well, I think that is great news. I say he should have as many Root Beer floats as he wants! I have a feeling he will be around in 5 years...great strength.

tammy said...

That is such good news! And what a good attitude he has. (That root beer float is looking pretty good, even at 6:00 in the a.m.)

Kaylynn said...

What a cute date idea--root beer floats. I'm glad your father is enjoying every moment. What a great example he is!

Jodi said...

Woo-hoo! I am so glad to hear he is doing better! I am now craving an RB Float! And it's freezing outside!

I did my letter game! FUN! You assigned me R first and then on your comments you gave me S but I had already done the R! Maybe I should do both---it was way fun!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm so glad to hear his tests came back with some good news! And I'm pretty sure a yummy rootbeer float will heal all kinds of ills!

McEwens said...

You dad has a great attitude! I am glad the news was good. Hopefully the second tube will relieve the itching and help improve the color. (I wrote more in the email I sent you)

Dying to hear about last night! Were the questions helpful?

I think next time you are there you need to stock up the fridge with some rootbeer and ice cream!

Your dad and mom are such great people!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

The news about your dad is music to my ears! God is so good!
I love that they enjoy the simple "rootbeer float" things in life. So sweet.
Take Care beautiful,
Robin~♥

Mike & Jayne said...

We are hoping for the BEST!!! We love you! Know we are thinking of ya!!

Rachel said...

So happy to hear the good news! That is so cute about the root beer floats!!!

Judi said...

So glad the news is good!!

Letti said...

That is great news. I am so happy for your family. Why doesn't our Costco do Root Beer Floats or do they?

Ashley said...

I'm SO glad!!! And that is so cute that he loves going to Costco and getting root beer floats. Those would make me happy too!

Scrappy Girl said...

What great news! He is such a spunky guy...can't wait to see the root beer float picture.

::Jan:: said...

I ♥ your dad..

Susie from Bienvenue said...

That is wonderful news! Your dad sounds precious with his rootbeer floats and all. He reminds me of my dad. Just keep em going... They just might outlast us!

The Bergquists said...

YAY!! Im so exctied he is doing better... Ps that is so cute about him and grandma going to costco and getting rootbeer floats!

Bren's Life said...

I was thinking- Man our Costco doesn't sell Rootbeer floats? How cute that they make their own.
Have a family fast Sunday for him to know what is best for his body.
He sounds like such a Great guy. I love his attitude..

linda said...

What great news about your Dad, you must be thrilled!

I can't wait to see the picture of your parents with their rootbeer floats at Costco! Too cute!

beth at aunties said...

So happy to hear some good news about your dad. They are inventive on their dates... and so darn cute.

Send me your address and I will send you some info we got at some special training meetings:) They truly are the best and most fun callings ever...If that is really your new calling:)
cdotannie77atmsndotcom
My husband ws put on the HC Sunday and so he is serving double duty over this area.
I was going to ask you. Have you ever known a Bif and Karen D. who used to live in your area?

Keep the prayers and the root beer floats flowing ♥♥♥

Nancy said...

Shae,

That is cool news, attitude is so important. I love his attitude! Hang in there with love and support, as I KNOW you are.

10:00? That's crazy!

Cynthia said...

I'm so glad your Dad got good news. A girl can never be old enough to not need her Daddy- especially those of us lucky enough to have an amazing Dad.

brieanne. said...

that is GOOD news! I love his attitude. Tell him I want to come take another family picture in 5 years!!!! That picture of the root beer float is making me want one ... I am headed to Costco in a few hours anyhow!!! I will continue to pray for your entire family .... you are so right - it is NOT the end of the world and I'm glad he sees it that way too :) Keep us updated. love you!

SwainstonFam said...

the root beer float thing is cute! The costco they go to is around the corner from my house. How about you just let me know when they are going and I will paparattzi them! They wont even know! :)