Doug Continues to Fight

Our latest journey with Doug!!
We did not send out our Christmas letter or our Christmas card this year. We’ve spent the last six weeks (he is still there) at the hospital with Doug. He was admitted to City Of Hope for stomach issues, testing was done and he was battling graft versus host disease that comes with a transplant but usually very early after the transplant. We got that under control and his kidneys were not functioning properly and then it was decided to do dialysis. The morning after dialysis I received a phone call that Doug’s heart rate was extremely elevated and they were transferring him to the cardiac unit. After being on the cardiac unit for less than 24 hours it was decided that he needed to have a cardio version, this is a procedure that shock his heart and takes it down to a normal rhythm. This procedure had to be done in the ICU in order for Doug to do a 24 hour slow running dialysis. In the last seven days we have had a very emotional roller coaster ride. Doug had to receive a breathing tube (intibated) in order to help his lungs and heart work so they could get the fluid out of his body. He spent two days in a special bed that rocked back-and-forth to trick his brain to think his body was moving and this allows his heart and bongs to work harder on his behalf. Two days later, Doug was able to go back into a regular bed still in the ICU and with the breathing machine. The dialysis is working well and most of the fluid is gone from Doug’s body, his heart rate has been stable and his blood pressure is improving. We are still in a critical phase and we ask for continued prayers. Everyone is asking what we need or what they can help with. The first thing is please pray for continued healing in Doug’s body and for financial help-to cover traveling back and forth, household expenses, insurance costs and house psyments. Doug is on state disability so thst is a bug difference from his normal paycheck. Nancy has taking several days off to be with Doug and has used all her sick time. Thank you to everyone who has called, text, and more! Today, 12/27 Doug started to wake up from his medicated coma! That was AMAZING, we still have a long road ahead of us! Doug will win this battle too!!!




Donations

  • Jerry Holowak  
    • $100 
    • 24 mos
  • John & Gwen Seymour 
    • $200 
    • 24 mos
  • Tim Carter 
    • $50 
    • 25 mos
  • Linda and Roger Walls 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
  • Jerry Holowak 
    • $100 
    • 26 mos
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Organizer

Nancy K Beltz 
Organizer
Chino, CA
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