There are People Worse off Than You…Right?

Well, not quite sure how to begin, so here it goes.

On Saturday morning Joey was admitted to hospital in Powell River for problems with his liver (his liver was producing gallstones that had plugged up his bile duct). The procedure to remove these stones is called an ERCP, which they don’t do in Powell River, so he had to be air ambulanced down to Vancouver.

He was unable to get the procedure until Tuesday morning due to staffing issues (they don’t staff enough to do ERCPs on the weekend and on Monday he didn’t get done either. Don’t ask me why. Not too impressed about this. Write letters to your politicians about health care cutbacks).

Usually he bounces back after ERCPs. Not so much this time (his first post-transplant ERCP). Then he started having kidney problems, which thankfully seem to be resolving themselves. Let’s hope that it keeps going in this direction.

Now for the bad news:

-He had another DIOS flare up as a result of all of the painkillers and not being able to eat or drink for three days prior to his ERCP. Still trying to deal with this.

-Worse: for the past two days he has been having problems with his lungs. The doctors aren’t sure whether it is rejection (they had to hold one of his anti-rejection drugs for two and a half days to help increase the kidney function. This particular anti-rejection drug is really hard on the kidneys), infection, or fluid on the lungs from his kidneys not functioning properly. So to summarize, it’s either: rejection, infection, or fluid, but they’re not sure which.

Tomorrow morning they are going to do a biopsy of his lungs (bronchoscopy) to help determine what the problem is. We will likely not get any results until early next week.

So, there you have it. Things are not going well right now. Hopefully stuff gets sorted out soon.

Oh yeah, anyone know how to run a golf tournament? It’s happening in 8 days in Powell River.


3 thoughts on “There are People Worse off Than You…Right?

  1. Trevor Umlah June 20, 2008 / 12:22 pm

    Sorry to read about the recent downturn, Joey. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. I guess we can expect these (hopefully very) infrequently.

    Hang in there.
    2007 LTX #62

  2. Leeah June 20, 2008 / 1:44 pm

    We love you guys. Joey you are in my thoughts…

  3. Lo and To June 20, 2008 / 8:33 pm

    Damn….double damn……and damn…..luv ya
    both and thinking of you…xox Lo and To.

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