Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Nonsense Story

This is a rather nonsensical story my father told to me. He said his mother told it to him, and he wants the story to be passed down in the family.

One bright day in the middle of the night,
two dead boys got up to fight.
Back to back they faced each other,
drew their swords and shot each other.
A deaf policeman heard the noise,
and came to kill the two dead boys.
If you don't believe my tale is true,
ask the blind man, he saw it too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Final Update

My father passed away on Saturday, June 18, at 6:15 a.m. Thank you for your concern and your prayers during the last few weeks.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Latest Update on Dad

Today the hospital said my father needs a kidney transplant as well as the liver transplant. He still has a lot of fluid in his lungs. They said they may have to take him into hospice.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Invisible Man

My brother went somewhere to eat. He picked up the ketchup bottle to use it, made sure that the lid was on securely, then shook it up. The lid flew off anyway, and he dumped ketchup all over the side of his head, on his back, and everything around him.
People nearby were rather confused at the ketchup everywhere, wondering where it had come from. Nobody noticed the unfortunate man covered in red glop.
As a waitress walked by, my brother asked if he could get a towel. She looked at him with shock, finally realizing where the ketchup had come from. She hurriedly got a towel for him, and he cleaned himself and the wall behind him. The waitress then brought him a different bottle of ketchup, and told him it was pre-shaken. "Thanks." my brother said wryly.

It's amazing; everyone sees the mess, but no one sees him. Once again, my brother is the invisible man.
In fact, when he goes shopping with people, they occasionally lose him. He'll stop or go down another aisle to look at something. When they notice he's gone and look for him, they can't find him, even if they walk past the aisle he's in. Over six feet tall, and he's invisible.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Update on Dad

They returned my father's potassium level to normal a while ago. However, they're saying he should be put on the liver transplant list soon, since he has liver cirrhosis.
He's been rather tired the last few days, and sleeps most of the time. He's retaining water again and is bloated, so they put him on dialysis today. When they did that, his blood pressure dropped considerably, so they'll have to do a slower dialysis.
The doctors think his kidneys are still failing because his liver isn't working well. They planned to transfer him to another hospital and try to get him on the liver transplant list as soon as possible.

My father has fluid in his lungs again, and his vocal cords aren't closing like they should, so the fluid is getting in his airway and vocal cords as well. They put him on a respirator to help him breathe, and he's still on the dialysis machine.
They still want to get him on the liver transplant list. However, they need to get the fluid out, and his breathing needs to improve so they can take him off the respirator. His liver has to be serious, but he also needs to be considered strong enough for surgery before he can be on the list. 
Just continue to pray for him, that he'll get better soon. And for all of us, trying to deal with the tumultuous events of the last few weeks.