Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Update From Dave

5 p.m.

Irene made it through the three hour dialysis session but not without challenge…utilizing both heat and ice to relieve the unyielding discomfort in her right arm.  She endured the challenge with bouyant determination.

She’s “dialyzed” this evening with all of the jazz that normally accompanies the journey….the usual suspects that make her feel like she’s been run over by an 18 wheeler.

...up and on the road early tomorrow morning…

Stay tuned and thanks for caring,
Dave

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Update From Dave

8 pm

Thanks for checking in. Here’s a Wikipedia LINK relative the angiogram procedure that Irene is undertaking @ UCSF on Thursday:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angiogram

Here’s a LINK to the potential angiogram complications:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Angiography/Pages/Complications.aspx

Irene has dialysis tomorrow and hopefully recovers well for the early morning drive to UCSF Thursday morning.  She’s cheerful, poised, joy-filled and courageous despite the surreal journey.

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Monday, February 27, 2012

Update From Dave

7.30 p.m.

Irene left the house by 6.30 am for kidney dialysis. “Hand-warmers” were continuously used throughout the treatment in order to reduce chronic pain but she was able to persevere through most of the session. Technicians used yet another entry point today; she’s had 4 new needle entry points in the last week alone. Her arm looks like a pin cushion.

This afternoon we drove to San Francisco where Irene met with her UCSF vascular surgeon, Dr. Charles Eichler. After examination he recommended that she undergo another angiogram which is now scheduled for Thursday morning. The first time she had this procedure (July, 2011) it led to a 2 night, 3 day UCSF hospitalization.

So, she’s got the “day off” tomorrow, then dialysis on Wednesday which hopefully she’ll endure without too much pain. We will leave the house by 5 am Thursday morning, driving to UCSF for pre-op and angiogram. Hopefully this surgical procedure will mitigate the “stealing” sensation in her right arm and source of horrendous pain during dialysis. It’s unknown at this time how long she’ll be at UCSF.

This evening Irene reflected on Joni Eareckson Tada’s personally autographed DEVO to Irene, Pearls of Great Price, which Irene’s been reading consecutively for three years.

February 27

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” -- Psalm 63:7

Joni continues in the DEVO by sharing the lyrics from this old Gospel song:

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His Child.
Under His Wings, under His Wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.


Irene and I celebrate our 32 wedding anniversary this Thursday, March 1st. It will definitely be an anniversary to remember!

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Update From Dave

9 am

Thanks for checking in…!

So, the new morning “recovery” is confirmed…Irene has already given me 3 tasks to complete that are on the “honey DO” list for today.  smile

The Churchill Clan, lead by Shirley & Ken, graciously dropped a beautiful bouquet of purple flowers on the porch last evening. It was a refreshing sight for Irene!!!

”...his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5

Irene’s really looking forward to “no dialysis” today or tomorrow.  One more 3 hour session on Monday morning before we drive to UCSF for the appointment that afternoon with Dr. Eichler.

Stay tuned and thanks for caring,
Dave

Friday, February 24, 2012

Update From Dave

7 p.m.

BRUTAL is the best word I can think of relative the last 2 weeks of Irene’s journey of faith.  She’s endured enormous physical and mental challenges…much more than what anyone can remotely begin to understand…except the Lord Himself.

Her quiet and gentle perseverence reminds me of this verse:

“Exodus 14:14: “the Lord will fight for you while you keep silent”

Here’s a brief summary…another needle entry today, a dangerous drop in her blood pressure while later her pulse is racing at 120 beats per minute….certainly a HUGE stress factor on her heart.  The needle “stealing” was mitigated by direct heat on the fistula region.  The nausea RAGES and her equalibrium has been a challenge.  She’s exeperiencing sever cramping and chronic weariness.  I liken it to a boxing match where she’s facing an opponent and the rules prevent her from punching.  All she can do is try to duck, spin and try to avoid the continued pummeling of her assailant.

Hoping for recovery and a better tomorrow.

She silently awaits the Lord battling on her behalf.

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Update From Dave

5 p.m.

Thanks for checking in.

Irene completed her 2 hour make-up at dialysis treatment today and experienced a second day of blood pressure dropping to extremely low levels.  She’s home, exhausted and nauseated…but now resting…and gets to go back for another 3 hour session tomorrow.  Another new needle entry point today…her arm is more like a pin cushion…

She’s enduring a rugged journey…with a quiet, gentle and faithful spirit.

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Update From Dave

4 pm

Irene had another setback today and was unable to complete the dialysis treatment do to intense pain and discomfort in her arm…even with using a new entry point.  She returns tomorrow for a 2 hour session.

Irene is tustling @ home ...

An appointment with UCSF surgeon Dr. Charles Eichler is scheduled for this coming Monday @ 3.30 pm.

Stay tuned ... and thanks for caring.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Update From Dave

8.15 p.m.

Thanks for checking in. 

@ dialysis today, the technicians abandoned one of the “button holes” and created a new needle entry hoping to mitigate the ongoing, late developing pain.  Irene was able to complete the three hour session without much disruption.  I took a photo and lifted it to Facebook earlier today. 

This evening Irene’s tustling through the normal course…still smiling and looking forward to the mercies of a new morning.

Thanks for caring!
Dave

Friday, February 17, 2012

Update From Dave

“Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us.”

—Romans 8:35,37

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Update From Dave

7 p.m.

The defining word today is “BOUNCE” which is what Irene did after a grueling Monday night.  Her cheerful and bouyant spirit filled the day…what a SWEETHEART…!!!

smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile

...glad she’s on our side…!!!

Happy SweetHeart’s Day…!!!

Thanks for caring.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Update From Dave

8.15 p.m….

Thanks for checking in…!

Irene’s tustling through another rough evening…almost same song, same verse…and for those of you who check in regularly, you probably wish that there was another track to to run on…

Hopeful she bounces back tomorrow….......

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Update From Dave

7.15 p.m.

Thanks for the many many well wishes and prayer support for Irene.  She had someone of an off and on day yesterday and today was a better recovery day…ups and downs not withstanding. 

...back to the drill tomorrow….......and hoping for a non eventful dialysis treatment…

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Friday, February 10, 2012

Update From Dave

7 p.m.

Thanks for checking in.

It’s been a BRUTAL week for Irene and it’s ending on a crescendo.  She experienced challenges today @ dialysis when her blood pressure dropped to 88/40 and they had to add more fluids into her system because her heart was laboring so heavily.  As a result, she was unable to remove the targeted amount of fluids.  The nausea is raging this evening…because it looks like it’s going to be a long night…she’s fighting for that comfortable, relieving position, bouncing back and forth on her bed like a fish out of water.

I continue to be amazed at her perseverence…and hoping she’ll recover and bounce by morning.

Thanks for caring,
Dave

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Update From Dave

3.30 p.m.

Thanks for checking in. 

Irene did some heavy lifting today during dialysis treatment, enduring a series of cramps in her kidney, abdominal region and both legs.  The session lasted 4 hours. For the first timein 4.5 years, she required oxygen assistance during the last 30 minute duration of the treatment.

She cautiously drove home and is battling ongoing cramps and raging nausea.  It looks like a tough evening ahead.

...hoping for a better tomorrow…

Thanks for caring,
Dave