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Heart/liver Transplant

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Raised by 31 people in 2 months
Created March 28, 2019
Dale is a 42 year old man, husband of my little sister and Dad of 2 boys in Oklahoma. He is being admitted to St. Louis MO. hospital April 3, 2019, he needs a Heart and liver transplant immediately. He will be there for months, not only in waiting for the heart and liver donor as well as the recovery time after his surgeries.
His wife will have to stay home here in Okla. To continue working at her new job in order to have insurance as well as take care of their youngest son. They are in need of assistance to take care of the home Bill's, food and gas for her to travel to St. Louis on the weekends to see and be with Dale.
Any assistance at all would be Dearly appreciated in assisting them in this Medical situation.
Thank you in advance for your kind heart, and generosity in blessing this family, You will be blessed in return.
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Sorry for the delayed update, but Great news! Dale was released from the hospital Wed evening. We have to stay in a hotel in St Louis for a bit for testing & follow up appts. Plus, they want him to stay close just in case something were to happen -which it won't.
We are staying in a hotel 3 miles from the hospital & is in downtown St. Louis. He has a heart biopsy scheduled at 6:30 am tomorrow as well as lab work & a follow up appt with the heart transplant team. So I'm glad we're close, but neither one of us is looking forward to getting up that early.
Tuesday he is wanting to go to a Cardinal's game so hopefully he will be recovered from the heart cath tomorrow.
Wed is a follow up appt with the liver team, which is the same doctors who actually performed the liver transplant. We're hoping that after these appts they will say he can go home. He is ready to sleep in his own bed & I am ready to be able to cook our own food. It gets really old having to go out to eat all the time. But we're thankful he is out of the hospital because at least we can rest & sleep all night without interruption from nurses or machine alarms going off all the time.
The boys came up to surprise Dale for Father's Day yesterday & they left early this afternoon. It was good to get to see them again.
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Yesterday they pulled the chest tube out. Luckily it wasn't as bad as what he remembers from when he had heart surgery at 7 years old; he didn't even flinch this time.
He had a chest xray this morning & lab work done & as long as everything comes back good, we will be discharged from the hospital today! We still have to stay in St Louis for a couple of weeks but at least we can have peace & quiet, get a full nights sleep & hopefully even sleep in some! Keep praying all goes well & nothing happens once released; no infections or rejections or anything!
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Well we didn't get released yesterday as we initially hoped; his chest tube was putting out too much fluid for them to remove it. He had a heart cath & heart biopsy scheduled for today & they was going to remove the chest tube while he was back there & sedated but it was still putting out more than they would like. They changed him from a box type drain to a bulb (looks like a clear hand grenade) to basically try to train his body to absorb the fluids & it me removed by urination instead of going out the chest tube. They are planning to release us on Monday & we already have 1 follow up appt scheduled for Wed with the liver team.
Today we talked with one of the liver coordinator to go over different signs & symptoms to watch for when we leave as well as things to do/not do. We also talked to the pharmacist to go over all of the meds he is currently taking & when they should be taken, etc. We will be talking with the heart transplant coordinator on Monday sometime to get any other new or different information from that team.
We're not exactly sure how long we will have to stay in St Louis once discharged. I think we will get that info on Monday. He will have to come up every week for heart biopsy for about a month; then every other week for a month & then every three months up to 1 year post transplant so we will definitely be going back & forth a lot. No worries though because he is going to have a very long & memorable life!
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You all are not going to believe this, but they are going to try & get Dale released next Thursday; of course as long as everything keeps going as good as it has been so far. We will still have to stay in St. Louis for a couple of weeks to be close by just in case, but at least he will be able to get outside, go to a restaurant, maybe a movie; anything he wants to do. We will be able to get a full nights sleep & rest.
8 days post transplant & we're already planning discharge!
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