Topic: Request for prayers for my dad

My dad Bill is going to have a very full day tomorrow.  Morning blood transfusion followed by a parascentesis and then an afternoon ERCP with possible additional stent placements.

I know that his body may be in the hands of the doctors but his life is in the hands of God.  I would really appreciate it if you could send a prayer or two my dad's way.

Thank you so much!

Richard

Re: Request for prayers for my dad

A few prayers from me you surely have and everyone on this site each and every day!
God Bless You All !
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

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Dear Richard, I pray for God's Hand to touch, heal and comfort your Dad and strength for your family.  I don't know what's involved with all the procedures your Dad is having done, but it sounds intense.  God will see you through!

Carol

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Of  course, not a problem. Every night I say prayer for guidance and help to the researchers and doctors dealing with cc patients and research. I bonus one for you and your dad is on the way.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Richard, prayers being sent right now for your dad to helped in the best way possible. I keep hoping for a miracle for one of "us", since my Dad wasnot able to be helped.

You and your dad are in my prayers,
Missing U

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Richard - saying a prayer for you and your dad.  Keep your hopes up.

Eric

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Richard,
you can count on it.
Marions

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Richard I will be saying a prayer for you and your dad, good luck Fran

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We pray for cc sufferers everyday but like to know when something special is going on. Take care.  Mary Anne

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Thanks so much to everyone who prayed for my dad Bill.  The day actually got off to a really good start as the parascentesis was deemed unnecessary because his ascites had gone away through the low potency water pills.  This was great news since it meant dad didn't have to endure the pain of having a large needle placed in his abdomen to drain fluids.  Next was the blood transfusion which went very smoothly also and the nurses were so super nice.  Finally, came the biggie in the day which was the ERCP.  We've been fortunate to have one of the most expert practitioners perform the procedure.  This was supposed to be on an outpatient basis, but for some reason, dad's bili level skyrocketed after and he was admitted overnight.  He has not eaten/drank for about 36 hours and is being monitored with no estimate of discharge.  Now they are talking about maybe having to do another ERCP immediately if his liver functions don't show improvement.  Again, the roller coaster of this disease.  It seems like it's always a couple small steps forward followed by a huge jump back.  It's difficult for me and obviously infinitely more difficult for my dad, but right now it really breaks my heart to watch my mom.  I worry that the emotional and physical toll of the last 22 months is really starting to reach a head.  and now we're looking at the prospects of another procedure which likely means several days of recovery in the hospital, with mom in a folding cot by dad's side.

..."roller coaster" doesn't even do this disease justice.  The doctor just came in and said that the ERCP specialist believes the bili spike is likely not something to worry about and is probably a result of normal debris/inflammation/clotting post-ERCP.  In other words, if dad can tolerate liquids for the next few hours and doesn't experience fever, significant pain or vomiting then he will be discharged this afternoon.

God works in mysterious ways.  Just as I was about to hit "submit" to ask for another prayer the news got better.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jeff and Carol and Kris and Mary Anne and Fran and Marions and Eric and MissingU

Richard

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Richard,
Another prayer for you, your dad, and especially your mom coming your way. My list gets bigger and bigger, but I think that is a good thing because it means that this site has become more of a community and family and that we care what happens to one another.

I hope your dad gets comfortable and gets to come home soon.
Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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What wonderful news, Richard. 
Hugs to all of your family,
Marions

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Glad to hear the coast is clear for now Richard.  Let's pray it keeps sailing as smooth as possible for your Dad, Mom and You.
God Bless,
JeffG.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

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Richard, I was glad to hear things are starting to look up.  You know, every little blessing is monumental in scope when it comes to this disease. I always believed, and still do,  that so long as a heart is beating, there is hope.

My prayers continue for your dad, your mom and for you... I know full well the toll this disease takes on the caregivers as well.  My  mom and I are still recovering, but it is a small price to pay for the priveledge of supporting my Dad on his very difficult journey.

Blessings,

MIssing U

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Richard, that's great!  What a blessing you are to your Mom and Dad.  I can tell you have a lot of strength.  Prayers as always for you and your family.

Carol