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My Dad has been admitted into UVA hospital

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Tina Blondek
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Hello My dear friends,
This is sudden news to all of us. My dad, Ray, was admitted into the hospital on Tuesday 12/15. He had a bout with constipation last week, we got through that, and then he developed a severe pain in his right side, and was turning jaundice. Took him to his primary dr. Dr. did blood and urine tests. They showed that his billirubin count was high, and he had blood in the urine. Dr. sent him immediately for an ultra sound. Wanting to rule out gallstones. The ultra sound showed no stone, but did show the bile duct to be enlarged, and lesions on his liver. Dr now wanted him admitted into hospital. Got him into the hospital, he is dehydrated, jaundice, and anemic. He spent the day yesterday getting 2 pints of blood and fluids.

When I left him last night, his color was not as yellow, and his urine was not as dark. He said he was starting to not feel as weak as before.

This morning, or sometime today he will be getting an mri. This will show much more detail than the ultrasound. After this, he will be getting a scope done to check out the bile duct, and have a stint put in the duct to drain the bile.

The drs are most positive that the EC has now spread to his liver. They also said that this cancer is treatable with chemo.

I have been the strong one so far. I am the one with the most faith in the family. I have even been able to accept the fact that my dad may be dying.

Please keep us all in your prayers. I will keep you posted as I can.

Love,
Tina

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JaneE2366
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Tina,
Sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers are being said and will continue to do so.
Stay strong and God Bless.
Jane

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K_ann1015
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Tina,

so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers are being sent your/his way this AM... Your faith will help you---just let it and don't get discouraged. We here on this site are with you too.
Kim

emg09
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Joined: Mar 2009

I'm praying for you now and always. Bad news just keeps on flowing. Try to hold on to your faith, I know it's HARD!! Please keep us posted. I'll be thinking of you and your dad.

Erika

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chrisk06
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Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
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Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
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Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
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Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
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Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
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Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
Posts: 114
Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
Posts: 114
Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

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chrisk06
Posts: 114
Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

I will be saying extra prayers you and your Dad. I know from my own experiences this past few weeks that is hard to be the strong one, but your faith will help guide you!

{BIG HUGS}
Chris

Pghmomma
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Joined: Nov 2009

Tina,

Im very sorry to hear this. I will continue to pray for him and I hope everything turns out just fine. Please keep us posted. Just consider this yet another Bump in the road and hopefully the last that you guys will see in the year of 2009.

God Bless,
Tina

marielle
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Joined: Dec 2009

I am sorry Tina. I remember when you responded to me recently...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope and pray that everything turns out well. Please stay positive.

Best regards,
Marielle

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Betty in Vegas
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Don't have answers because I haven't dealt with liver mets...but I do know how to pray. So I'll do that.

Hugs,
Betty

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Tina Blondek
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Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. On Tuesday 12/21 dad had a stent put in his esophagus, and a stent put in his blocked bile duct. We brought him home on Wednesday, 12/23. So far so good. We are taking this one hour at a time. He goes back to primary dr on the 28th for blood work, and to the ongologist on the 4th. After he recovers from this, we will be dealing with the lesions found on his liver. Please continue to prayer for us!
Love,
Tina

Hope_Faith
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Joined: Aug 2009

Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm praying for you all!
~Shelly

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Tina Blondek
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Thank you Shelly and William. You are so full of useful information! Dad had his check up with his primary dr. today. All is better! Each day dad gets stronger. Today he said his energy level was at 50% and his pain level was at a 3. Heck, I will take that over 0% and a pain level between 8 and 10!! Thanks again for this info, I will keep this in mind. We go back to UVA on Monday 1/4. Thanks for the prayers for us caregivers too! Mom and I are sometimes running on half a tank! I thank god for my strong faith. My faith has got me through this so far. Keep in touch.
Tina

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