Heart/liver Transplant

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Raised by 25 people in 23 days
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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I couldn't get to St. Louis fast enough after work on Thursday, but I'm thankful for the extra day I get to spend with him. When the doctor came in yesterday she said that he has already received 2 offers since they listed him on Monday; the first offer was received that same night. They weren't able to get the liver on either one so they couldn't accept them, but it was nice to know he's close enough to the top of the list that he's getting offers. He's excited to see how he feels after the transplant with how much more energy & stamina he will have & everything he will be able to do with it. He's also ready to go home, but he knows that it's best for him to be here right now & he is doing a really good job of handling everything. He hasn't even plugged his PS4 in yet because he hasn't been 'that bored yet'.

Keep up the prayers because we can see them & feel them working! Love to all!
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Insurance FINALLY approved Dale for transplant this morning! & by the afternoon the drs got him listed for the heart & liver transplant. The liver team is going to enter the 'exceptions' in the next day or so, which the only thing I really understand with that is they enter additional information into the database to raise his status so that he is closer to the top. There is no guarantee for that & they don't know how much they will be able to get in exceptions, but hopefully it's enough where he doesnt have to wait much longer.

I will be going back up there this weekend & luckily it's a 3 day weekend so I will have an extra day with him before I have to come back home.

Please keep praying; pray that Dale doesn't have to wait too long for the right donor as well as for the donor & the donors' family that they would have comfort & peace & know how much this means to us.
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Yesterday Dale was finally able to get out of the room & walk the floor which helped boost his spirits some. Anyone that knows him knows he doesn't like to be 'stuck' inside & it was starting to get to him. He is still on .5mg of the milrinone & gets a new bag about every 8 hours. They're going to drain the fluid off his stomach sometime on Monday & then Tuesday they're going to do a scope to check the hepatic & other arteries that go to his liver to see if theres any varices in his veins. If there are then they're going to band them to shrink it to prevent a rupture or excessive bleeding when they do the transplant.

I will be heading back home today so he will be here by himself until I come back up. He's already bored so if you get a minute you might just call & say hi to help get his mind on something else for a few minutes.

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers. We appreciate them.
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Picc line was done yesterday with no problems. He said it was even better than a regular IV. He has finished the first bag of milrinone of .25mg. They now have him on .5mg of milrinone which is the dose that will help increase his status on the UNOS transplant list. As long as he tolerates that well today he will be 'moved' from ICU status to TCU status, which is a step down from ICU. He will still be in the same room just the status changes.

The doctors did their rounds about 30 minutes ago & they are talking about draining him maybe today so that will help him feel better. Otherwise they're just going to monitor him with the increased dose of milrinone.

They are very attentive to all of the machines & come in to check on him often so that helps me feel better about having to leave him here so I can go back to work next week.
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Created March 28, 2019
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