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My dh is having his liver transplant surgery right now! Please send prayers and good thoughts. AMAZING UPDATE IN POST 713!!!


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#651 Stacia

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:22 PM

Continuing to think of all of you! :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

Praying that things are going well.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 01:55 PM

Adding my prayers. :grouphug:


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 02:57 PM

I hope you're having a nice sleep. Still thinking if you three.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:05 PM

Was very happy to read the update and hear how well your husband has been treated.  A day of rest sounded like a good idea.  You get some rest too.  I will continue praying.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:10 PM

Adding to the prayers for healing.



#657 Mommy22alyns

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:21 PM

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 03:57 PM

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:38 PM

Still praying for all of you.  :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:45 PM

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Sorry I'm taking so long to post updates, but there is so much going on and both my ds and I are exhausted from spending almost 24/7 at the hospital with dh.

Some positive news! :hurray: Dh had his second surgery, called the fascia closure, where they basically reopen the incisions to check on the liver, the grafts, the veins, and and arteries to make sure everything is working and that there is no bleeding, and then they pull everything back together (muscle, skin, etc) and sew, suture, and staple the incision (which is HUGE. They call it a Mercedes incision because it's the shape of a Mercedes emblem.) The surgery went very smoothly and the doctors say everything looks excellent.

Now our big concerns are infection (because they gave dh drugs to suppress his immune system) and reactions to the drugs he is being given. We also have to hope they are able to quickly find medications that dh can tolerate well, and that they are able to determine the best dosages without too much experimentation. It all seems quite overwhelming, although everyone at the hospital has been very good about explaining things to us and trying to keep us as educated and informed as possible. They also gave us a binder with all sorts of information including a big list of possible side effects to the different drugs, as well as other medical and lifestyle stuff, and reading that stuff was very helpful.

The hospital staff has been excellent, from the surgeons all the way to the housekeeping staff. This morning, the housekeeping woman came in to clean dh's room and when she found out where we were staying, she got a pen and paper and drew me a big map of places to shop and eat in the area. It turned out she used to live right by where we're staying so she knows the neighborhood like the back of her hand. It was so sweet of her to take the time to talk to me and to volunteer to draw that whole detailed map for us. We're seeing a lot of that kind of hospitality here, and it is very comforting when we're in such a stressful situation. I mean, our real estate agent showed up in the hospital surgical waiting area during dh's transplant surgery just to see how things were going -- I thought that was pretty exceptional!

I'll try to update more as soon as I can. I truly believe all of your prayers and good thoughts are doing wonders for my husband. As I said before, I will never be able to thank all of you enough for your support.
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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:48 PM

UPDATE:

Sorry I'm taking so long to post updates, but there is so much going on and both my ds and I are exhausted from spending almost 24/7 at the hospital with dh.

Some positive news! :hurray: Dh had his second surgery, called the fascia closure, where they basically reopen the incisions to check on the liver, the grafts, the veins, and and arteries to make sure everything is working and that there is no bleeding, and then they pull everything back together (muscle, skin, etc) and sew, suture, and staple the incision (which is HUGE. They call it a Mercedes incision because it's the shape of a Mercedes emblem.) The surgery went very smoothly and the doctors say everything looks excellent.

Now our big concerns are infection (because they gave dh drugs to suppress his immune system) and reactions to the drugs he is being given. We also have to hope they are able to quickly find medications that dh can tolerate well, and that they are able to determine the best dosages without too much experimentation. It all seems quite overwhelming, although everyone at the hospital has been very good about explaining things to us and trying to keep us as educated and informed as possible. They also gave us a binder with all sorts of information including a big list of possible side effects to the different drugs, as well as other medical and lifestyle stuff, and reading that stuff was very helpful.

The hospital staff has been excellent, from the surgeons all the way to the housekeeping staff. This morning, the housekeeping woman came in to clean dh's room and when she found out where we were staying, she got a pen and paper and drew me a big map of places to shop and eat in the area. It turned out she used to live right by where we're staying so she knows the neighborhood like the back of her hand. It was so sweet of her to take the time to talk to me and to volunteer to draw that whole detailed map for us. We're seeing a lot of that kind of hospitality here, and it is very comforting when we're in such a stressful situation. I mean, our real estate agent showed up in the hospital surgical waiting area during dh's transplant surgery just to see how things were going -- I thought that was pretty exceptional!

I'll try to update more as soon as I can. I truly believe all of your prayers and good thoughts are doing wonders for my husband. As I said before, I will never be able to thank all of you enough for your support.

 

So thankful for the positive update! 


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:49 PM

Thanks Cat, and super glad to hear all is going well.  May it continue to do so!



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:50 PM

Yay! Hang in there.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:55 PM

Thanks for the update. So glad things are looking positive.  :hurray: and continued  :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:03 PM

:hurray:  :hurray:  :hurray:

 

Will continue to pray for you and your dh!

 

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:16 PM

That's great!  I'm so glad you are being well taken-care-of.  :) 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:17 PM

Thanks for the update! So glad to hear they were able to close him up and all is well on that front. Continuing the good vibes for a great med combination to be found quickly and painlessly.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:19 PM

It's wonderful you have so much support "on the ground" and such friendly folks too. 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:25 PM

Yay what a wonderful update! :)

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:42 PM

I am so happy to read the continuing positive news!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for the update. Wonderful news! Don't forget to take care of yourself.

 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:52 PM

Tears eyed and happy for all of you that things are going so well.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:55 PM

Yay! I'm praying he stays infection free. It sounds like things are on the mend. Woohoo!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:57 PM

Oh my!  I've been off the boards too long, it seems.  I'm so glad the surgery as gone so well and that you are in a wonderful, supportive setting.  We will pray for continued success, strength, and NO infection.  I'm so happy for you all!  A good friend of ours from residency training is a liver transplant surgeon :)



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 05:59 PM

I enjoyed reading your update and send continued prayers for healing to your  dh; also prayers for rest and recovery to you and your ds. :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:04 PM

Cat so very glad to hear good news.  Thinking of you constantly.

 

 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:04 PM

Fantastic update! 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:05 PM

Wonderful news Cat.  So glad.  (((hugs)))



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:09 PM

Glad to hear the good news. Continual prayers for you and your family.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:32 PM

So glad to hear such a positive update.  You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. 



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:35 PM

So happy to hear the good news. Thank you for the update. Continuing prayers for your family.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:43 PM

How wonderful to pop on here for a few minutes and find this fabulous update! We will continue to pray for you and your family.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:46 PM

Thanks for the update. So happy things are going well. We will continue to pray for a good recovery and for you and your ds. :grouphug:

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 06:49 PM

Thank you for the update. I'm so glad they're taking such good care of you all. :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:38 PM

This is a fabulous update!  So glad things are going well.  :)  



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:44 PM

:hurray:

 

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:47 PM

Praying things progress smoothly for you all.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 07:57 PM

I just saw this. I'm glad everything is going well for now.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:01 PM

So Glad to hear the Wonderful News!!
Will continue to pray.

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:09 PM

Most excellent update, Cat! I'm glad you have good on-the-ground support! Still thinking of you all and keeping your DH on my prayer list.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:37 PM

What a great update! It is SO helpful to have agreeable staff. :)

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:50 PM

Just wanted to add my prayers and congrats!  :grouphug:  :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 08:53 PM

Almost afraid to post because the thread is so long and I don't want to blow something up on the forum. :lol:  BUT, this latest update is excellent news. Thank God for small mercies like cleaning personnel who draw maps... :)

Praying for clean healing and steady recovery, a little better every day. May the worst be over.


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:08 PM

Thanks for taking time to post an update.

We're still praying for your DH. Here's prayers for no infections!

 

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:10 PM

:) :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:26 PM

Cat, I am beaming for you all. I sincerely hope your DH continues on a sure and steady path toward good health and complete recovery. :grouphug:


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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:29 PM

thank you for the update.  we're continuing to pray for all of you.



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Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:31 PM

That is GREAT news! So glad things are going well for you!

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Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:29 PM

Praying for continued progress, no infections, meds that work without harm, rest and peace for you and your son.

 

Bumping this thread back up to the first page.



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Posted 21 January 2016 - 05:37 AM

Catwoman ("La Mujer de Gato" in Spanish) thank you for the Update in Post 660.  It sounds like things are going very well for your DH. This is all very tricky and while the transplant team can foresee many potential problems, before the transplant surgery, they are not able to predict how every patient will react to different things and they need to play it by ear, with each patient.  There will probably be quite a bit of adjusting medicines and doses, until they get your DH on the proper ones.  The staff in the hospital sounds great.  Your DH and his doctors, nurses and everyone who is taking care of him continue in my prayers.  Now that the 2nd surgery is over, hopefully every day your DH will get a little stronger and his recovery will go well. This is kind of a "Science Fiction" type of surgery. A miracle that they can do that kind of transplant.   :hurray:


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