Friday, March 23, 2007

The D words!

Discouraged, disheartened, depressed, disgusted... these are the "D" words that we are feeling right now...

Wednesday went well. We spent all afternoon with John at U of M getting EKG's, X-rays, lab work, classes and meetings with doctors. All three of us felt good about the day, and went out to dinner to discuss the upcoming weeks. They had told us that if all looked good John would get a cat scan within a week, and we could be going to transplant within the month. However...

The doctors, social workers, nurses, and coordinators all met yesterday morning, and...after discussing John's health, and family history, they decided that they did NOT want John to be a donor. They feel that he has too high of a risk to become diabetic like his mom and sister.

Jim hadn't slept in over 3 days due to pain from gout and RLS, I finally got him to sleep this morning, and now am afraid I won't beable to get him out of bed.

Where do we go from here? Well, Chad did say that if we could find another clinic to do the transplant using John that he would send all of the paperwork to them. Which would probably mean going out of state. We could also go to Ohio or another state that does not have a helmet law, as their waiting list is usually 2 years shorter than ours. I need to do some research as I believe going out of state would include a move for us for insurance purposes. I know someone that had to do something similar cause California wouldn't do her husband's transplant, and they had to move to Utah where he got a transplant right away that saved his life. As you can imagine we are filled with SO many emotions right now, although Jim just says that he is numb right now.

I would appreciate any and all prayers for God's guidance and strength, not only for Jim and I, but also our children. And if you know of anyone that is A or O type blood (the factor does not matter) that would be willing to give the gift of life, please have them contact Chad Abbott, his information is on the left side of the blog. Thank you and Blessings

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