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. […]

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 […]

Recovering from Delusions and Hallucinations!

November 30, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Recovering from Delusions and Hallucinations!

What a difference a day makes. Don walked around his hospital ward twice today with a nurse and his IV pole by his side. The nurse claims she had a hard time keeping up with him. He was clear-minded most of the day. He even tried to do e-mail (not as successful, but he did […]

Spinal Tap is Clear!

December 1, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Spinal Tap is Clear!

Another even better day. Today Don looked and felt better than I’ve seen him in at least two weeks. “Astonishingly good” is how he described his own condition. He walked a number of times around the ward hallways. Last night he stayed up late, reading from 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Timothy, and was […]

Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

December 2, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

You’ll understand what a good day this has been when you see below the 2 update e-mails sent by the one and only Don Valencia. The decision to stay at the hospital instead of going home in a couple of days was prompted by Don’s own sense that this would be the best way to […]

Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

December 2, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

Skip, Had a good night sleep last night (12:20AM- 8:30 AM with the usual nurse prods and pokes at the deepest part of your sleep). Good shower, eggs, bran muffin and a bowl of prunes. Heather slept over again and it was great to hear about the fun time she had with her small group […]

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