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Home with Hospice... was posted 09/30/2006 10:57 pm by Cathy
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My Dad finally made it out of the hospital and is home in his bed for the first time in nearly 2 weeks. He hada gatric-jejunal bypass the Wed before last and he had a very slow and difficult recovery considering it was a laprascopic procedure. Then on Mon afternoon of this week, he abruptly turned the corner and was doing great except for the fact that his bilirubin numbers were starting to creep up. Turns out his metal biliary stent was failing and he had an ERCP to try to 'fix' it Fri afternoon. The GI guy couldn't do anything because of the scope of the tumor and said it may be Mon before an external drain could be placed. he was feeling so bad and was quite jaudiced- I could not believe this was the answer! The surgeon who did his bypass really came through for us and got the best interventional radiologist in town to add my Dad on for a 2 hour procedure at 4:00 pm on a Fri afternoon- unbelievable! Anyways, that did the trick and my Dad was doing well enough today that he was discharged home with Hospice. It was a bittersweet homecoming, but I am so very thankful he is there. My kids and I made some welcome home signs and we had some balloons for him too. I know the end of our journey is near and I pray that the rest of it is more peaceful and less complicated that the past few months have been. My Dad has faced all of this with such incredible courage. He said tonight he wants to make videos for his grandkids and he wants to teach me how to back the boat trailer into the water ( he is REALLY brave to take this last one on!). I am so very sad but I also feel like we are all partaking in something very sacred with him and I feel honored to do that. Thansk so much for your continued prayers and support. Praying for all of us. Cathy

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