Monday, November 2, 2009

"Life sucks and then you die....and then it sucks some more."  Georgia Lass--Dead Like Me.

I can really relate to this lately.  My sister and friend came up to visit, and that was fun for a few days.  I got a call from a place to go take a typing test and a placement test.  They want 45wpm, and I did 60, so I'm hopeful.  Then there was the call about my dad.  He's turned yellow. 

I talked him into going to the ER, and they did some tests, and pretty much could only rule out most forms of hepatitis and a blockage from stones.  He does have gallstones, but the ct scan didn't show a blockage.  They took 5 vials of blood for testing...  After 3 days he was finally able to get in to see his doctor.  They ordered more blood tests, and an MRI, and took a week getting him an appointment for a "specialist" that is taking him another week to get into.  Of course I'm freaking out.  There are NO good reasons for a person to turn yellow.  The only not bad reason is if the CT scan missed a blockage that the MRI picked up, and they can do a "minor" surgery.  If its not a blockage, that pretty much leaves liver failure of some form, liver cancer, or pancreatic cancer.  Liver cancer is always secondary...meaning its already moved from some other organ, meaning its stage 4, and pretty much terminal.  I'm not sure I can handle losing 3 people to cancer 3 years in a row.  It also seems like it can only be something major if the doctor is fine with taking nearly 3 weeks to get a diagnosis (assuming the specialist can give him one in a reasonable amount of time)...  I mean, the only reason you let somebody wait that long when they're YELLOW is because you already know there's not much you can do for them, right?

Dad is supposed to see the doc tomorrow, they told him to bring someone that can stay with him for 4-5 hours of tests.  I'm trying to tell him not to stress out about all the doctors bills he'll have...but I suppose its easier to focus on that, then that he might be dying...

So yeah...I still haven't been blogging much, and I'm sorry about that, but I haven't quite felt up to it.  Still no job, not many prospects.  Unemployment running out in a few weeks unless I get an extension, and now this.  It was nice to get some of this out though, and I'll try and post something more positive soon.

3 comments:

Rich said...

I've been gone all month to, no time at all, barely any time to read the blogs, let alone write them. Too much drama lately, it seems never ending. Hopefully the Dr. finds out its some weird hangnail type thing....

Steve Julian said...

Waiting is a hard thing. Not knowing is a hard thing.

Michelle said...

So sorry to hear that you and your family are still struggling. Are you going to be able to be there with your dad? I hope the doctors will display extraordinary wisdom and that you both will find peace this week.