The Journey Begins!

September 28, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on The Journey Begins!

Dear Friends, Here is a summary and update on our brother Don: Wednesday night at Whidbey during dinner with the Agros Foundation board (we had just gathered for a 2-day retreat), Don complained of pain in his gall bladder for the last couple of days which affected his sleep.  One of our board members – […]

Abnormal Cells Detected in the Liver Abscess!

October 13, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Abnormal Cells Detected in the Liver Abscess!

This afternoon Don found out from the NWH team that his abscess has not gone down in size as expected, and it is still draining.  They are not finding amoeba & fecal matter in the drainage as they expected, but are finding some “abnormal” cells.  They want to do a biopsy, and try to find […]

Heather and I met with my Oncologist Dr Doug Lee today. As you know from my earlier update I was accepted into the Taxoprexin Phase 3 study. I was randomized in the study today, as required and I will be on Taxol and not Taxoprexin. While this is not what we hoped for it is […]

Off to the Hospital

November 19, 2006 from Don | Discouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Off to the Hospital

After my chemo on Friday I felt great and felt good Saturday as well. Today I was feeling a little flu-like and about 5:30PM I started to get a temperature. Doug Lee (Oncologist) had told me if my temperature ever hit 101 I needed to get to the hospital within 2 hours for IV antibiotics. […]

What a Pain

November 26, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story | Comments Off on What a Pain

A very rough day for Don today. He was in great pain. They finally changed his pain medication again, and by tonight he was feeling better. The medical team still has not made a decision on the liver drain. Their preference is to leave the drain in until the tumor has shrunk. But so far […]

Don Hospitalized Again- Please Pray!

November 29, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Don Hospitalized Again- Please Pray!

Please pray. Don was admitted to the hospital around 5PM today. The doctors think the swelling in his abdomen is from the liver infection spreading elsewhere, and they want to have him under care so they can address the problem. They also consider it important to drain more fluid volume from the liver tumor. At […]

Back Home is a Pain in the Liver!

December 11, 2006 from Skip | Discouraging Times, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Back Home is a Pain in the Liver!

A very hard day today for Don (and Heather). He has very strong pains in the liver area not relieved by the pain medication. It’s the kind of pain that brings him to his knees, doubled over. He went to the doctor’s office, and they think it is his drainage tube shifting inside his liver, […]

Morphine Withdrawal Pain

December 14, 2006 from Don | Discouraging Times, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Morphine Withdrawal Pain

It’s 3AM (Monday) and I have gone through quite a night. About 11:30PM pain started to develop in my legs then the rest of my body. Bad 6-7 pain (on scale of 10) pulsating and really causing me to groan. Heather tried helping with massage and electric blankets but it only grew more painful. We/she […]

Extreme Pain at the Liver Tube!

January 15, 2007 from Don | Discouraging Times, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Extreme Pain at the Liver Tube!

It has been a while since I have given an update. In this case no news is good news. I have even made it up to the office in Everett a couple of days and had some business meetings at home as well. I can’t even begin to tell you how great that feels. I […]

Prayer for Foot Pain

January 29, 2007 from Don | Discouraging Times, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Prayer for Foot Pain

I had a CT scan today with and without dye injected through the liver tube. The dye flowed normally into the liver (not plugged) and also into the colon. This was a little surprising since we thought the connection between the colon and liver had been closed off with additional scar tissue, resulting in lower […]

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