Introduction

September 28, 2006 from Don | Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | 1 Comment

In 1997 our family went through a major crisis that rocked our marriage to it’s core. As a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company, heading up Research and Development, creating new coffee based products and manufacturing platforms, I had let Starbucks become much more than a job. Somehow, day by day since joining Starbucks in […]

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 – […]

Why Northwest Hospital?

September 28, 2006 from Don | Hospitalization, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Why Northwest Hospital?

Skip mentioned that one of the Agros board members, Larisa Kaukonen, is an ER Physician. It just so happens that another board member’s husband, Greg Schroedl, is also a ER physician and Vice President of administration at NorthWest Hospital. While we had originally left Whidbey Island heading for Swedish Hospital, by the time we reached […]

An Amoebic Liver Abscess from Guatemala?

October 1, 2006 from Don | Hospitalization, Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on An Amoebic Liver Abscess from Guatemala?

Good morning Skip, I woke a little early this morning but I am feeling good. I think the doctors may have the acid reflux under control so I am hopeful I can begin eating today. The article below from CDC is a good one and shows the life cycle of the amoeba clearly. Thanks for […]

Pneumonia?

October 2, 2006 from Don | Hospitalization, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Pneumonia?

Skip, I am hoping to head home today. I am now being told the I have low grade pneumonia in bottom of right lung and it is because of my shallow breathing with the liver issues. I had a CT Scan this morning and have been eating real food for lunch, dinner and now breakfast. […]

Home from the Hospital & Building a Medical Team

October 6, 2006 from Don | The Whole Story | Comments Off on Home from the Hospital & Building a Medical Team

I was able to return home yesterday. I am scheduled to meet with Dr Bill Ehni on Monday. He is the Infectious Disease Specialist who met with me while I was in the hospital.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);

Continuing to Drain the Liver

October 9, 2006 from Don | The Whole Story | Comments Off on Continuing to Drain the Liver

Larisa, I thought I would check in with you since I went to Dr Bill Ehni, the Infectious Disease specialist today. I am feeling stronger every day and have been up and about since Saturday. I went off pain medications on Friday. I still have some discomfort in the lung/liver area, especially when breathing in […]

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 […]

Research on the Nasty Amoeba

October 14, 2006 from Don | Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Research on the Nasty Amoeba

Skip, I found a great site from India and here is some information that might explain the abnormal cells: On microscopic examination the pus may show dead and deformed hepatocytes (although often they are not recognizable as liver cells), RBCs and a few polymorphs. The trophozoites of E. Histolytica are usually present in the wall […]

The Dreams and Visions Begin

October 15, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on The Dreams and Visions Begin

The Lord has been waking me up a lot these last few days– 3:30AM yesterday, 2AM this morning and I have had these amazing conversations with him that have been so sweet and tender that I can hardly put them into words. There are a few thoughts specifically about our leadership gathering at the Rainer […]

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