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Getting him back to the golf course

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After fighting what felt like the flu for almost two months, David went to have his blood drawn to see exactly what was going on, they also did an ultrasound to check some pain. on June 6, 2018 David was diagnosed with lymphoma and a spot on his liver. He had been having some heart issues also, which he had an unsuccessful procedure back at the end of May. Before going to MD Anderson the heart procedure was to be tried again. After two hours of surgery it was yet again, unsuccessful. They went ahead with the appointment at MD Anderson on Monday, June 25th. He was confirmed the cancer but the words hurt a little more. Aggressive Large Cell Lymphoma.  His organs are so expanded, his Kidney isn't even in the correct spot. The team of wonderful doctors were right on it, knowing he had heart trouble they wanted to be certain he was healthy enough to start treatment. They met a team to check his heart on Tuesday, June 26th. First the GREAT news, this cancer has a 95% chance of going into remission, and then the painful news. David's heart level was at 39%. To start treatment the team of doctors want it at 50%, just last month during the first unsuccessful heart procedure it was at 49%. Honestly, not sure what this means but these are the numbers given at this time. They are currently running more test to see what medicine can be taken and or route can be taken to get his heart to that magical 50% so he can kick this cancer out of the park forever! David, along with his wife Sheree have been in Houston for the past 3 days acquiring food, lodge, gas, and of course medical bills. It has just started and the bills are piling up. If you know David, he would give you the shirt off of his back (after he complained a little...right, Dad?). His love for God is something people see in his everyday actions, his love for his wife? that is something to talk about!! He has built a loving home with 4 children, and many grandkids who all adore their pops! His children, all poke fun at his "glass half empty" mentality but they seem to show him what life is all about and he quickly changes his mind! His life really is just getting started, grown kids, precious babies to love, and a social life most of his children envy! Please help David and Sheree with the burden of all bills. Everything is unknown, but we do know this. His faith is strong, he is strong, his wife is strong, and his kids are strong!! We have this Dad! You will be golfing again in no time!
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Good morning everyone! I was able to bring my kids to see Dad and Mom over the weekend and I am glad I did. Yesterday morning Mom called to tell me Dads elbow was swollen and red, he was also running a low grade fever. They have only seen an oncologist in Beaumont when Dad was in rehab but haven't had to really use him or the facilities here locally. When she called, I could tell she was uneasy about it and it was concerning Dad. After a few hours of tossing up what they should do (go to Beaumont or just make the trip to MD Anderson) they packed a bag and headed to the ER in Houston, and we are thankful they did! They admitted him for some infection in his elbow, and started IV antibiotics yesterday and through the night last night. His temp spiked to 101 which doesn't seem too high but for his current state it can life threatening. I spoke with them this morning and other than a restless night he was ok. No fever as of this morning so that's a great thing! He will have to be there anywhere from 24 to 48 more hours if everything stays the same.

like always, thank you all for the continued support and love! I text Dad yesterday and told him that "this too shall pass" maybe like a kidney stone, but it will pass! He is taking it hour by hour because the reality is, that's what we have to do! Please if you get the chance, send him a text or even a phone call if you feel comfortable doing so. He wasn't suppose to go to MD Anderson until the 20th but Cancer has its own plans! We know he is FIGHTING hard to beat this and I KNOW he will beat it!! My Brady Bunch was happy to see them Saturday and you can't see his smile but he was just as happy to see us!!

If you do not have his contact information please get with me 409-651-7065

Thank you and we appreciate each and everyone of you!
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Hey guys just wanted to update everyone on Dad! He was able to come home for one night before going back to MD Anderson for the next round of chemo! They were admitted Thursday after testing. His heart wasn't as weak as the first test showed but not as strong as they needed it to be for the certain chemo the doctor wanted BUT they were able to compound some pretty strong drugs and add that in, the doctor was pleased with that. He had his first round on Friday and besides a headache and night sweats he hasn't had any other side effects which is great! His hair is falling out pretty rapidly, he is all gray now! I am thinking of getting him a wig or two...maybe a man bun or a Mohawk! He has continued to have rounds since Friday and is still holding on strong! I was able to visit today with a friend of ours and to me, he looked better than he did before cancer! We joked, ate lunch, and enjoyed telling stories. He will have his last round tomorrow morning around 4 am, and is to be released until August 20th. From what is being said that will be a big day, MRI and testing to see how well his body has responded to the treatment! I have no doubt he is beating the heck out of this! His use of his left is still very limited but he is VERY PROACTIVE with it! He was watching Golf when we walked in today and can't wait to play again.

Again, Dad and Mom want to thank each and every one of you for the out pour of love we have received. It is so heart warming to see the love for our family!

If you would like to contact him and do not have his number feel free to contact me and I will get it to you! 409-651-7065

If you plan to visit when they get home please contact one of us first, his white blood count will drop and we don't want to risk any type of infection! Thank you all for understanding.
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Good afternoon everyone, a lot has changed since the last time I updated, and several have reached out wanting to know the latest.

First of all, Dad and Mom have asked that I tell each of you how absolutely thankful, grateful, and humbled by the support you all have shown. Phone calls, prayers, donations, visits, text messages, things sent to the hospital, and some of you even reaching to us, the children...it has meant more than any of you will ever know!

Dad is in very good spirits, he has his moments but overall he is kicking this cancer to the curb! Over the weekend, we had a small scare as his fever rose and white blood count dropped DRASTICALLY (scary levels) we expected him not to feel well and for the levels to drop but not to dang near nothing, They put him in reverse isolation (reverse, because we, the visitors are having to mask, suit, and glove up not him) I know for me having to do that to walk in a room to be with my family hurt, it was like a kick in the gut, I couldn't imagine the way our Dad felt. I instantly got this HATE in my heart...I shouldn't have to do this, my Dad should be at the golf course, having a date with my Mom, seeing his grandchildren, not laying in a hospital bed watching his family visit him and only seeing their eyes. That feeling instantly changed when Dad comes scooting in the room in his wheelchair complaining that the physical therapist told him to slow down. He said, and I quote "I told them, I don't work this way! You give me 6 task and I am going to do them, and then we go from there! I gotta get home!" David, is coming every day to help Dad shower, they were getting ready to do that when I got there yesterday and Dad dang near ran to the bathroom with his walker! I say that to say, his hip and leg are better!! He is still very swollen (if you don't know me, I tend to make laughter where I shouldn't) he is so swollen he looks like The Nutty Professor, he knows I call him that too so its ok, you can tell him I said so! He is still needing the therapy because we aren't sure how much damage is really done, but he is doing a WONDERFUL job and making big progress. I spoke with him this afternoon and the oncologist from MD Anderson called, he made us all feel better by saying all these levels are normal. This is going to happen. We having nothing to worry about and he will see us on August 3rd for his next round of chemo. Dads faith isn't shook, not at all. He is faithful, and prayerful for complete healing!

Although he is doing great, and everything seems to be on the up and up we still ask if you are sick, have been sick, been around anyone that was sick, and or feel under the weather stay home! He is enjoying text and phone calls just as much as anything.

From us, the children, thank you for loving our family. Daily we are reminded of Gods love for us, Dad, and the promise of healing!
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I wanted to update everyone on the recent progress we have made in the past two days. Maybe some wouldn't call it progress but for us any little thing we can celebrate is!

Last time I updated we spoke of rehab for Dads left leg, I was able to be there Wednesday (thinking that was the day we were moving to Beaumont) when the doctors came in. You guys, it was scary to see 5 white coats walk in to the very small room Dad and Mom have called home for a week but, I look over to see Dad with a smile on his face, although kind of rare right now(even though I do get quite a few when I am there) I all of the sudden felt the peace I saw on Dads face. FIVE people working for a cure, FIVE people educated on exactly what Dad is going through, FIVE people fighting for him just as we are. How cool, right? They were very optimistic of rehab, kidney levels starting to be where they needed, and things looking somewhat ok for now.

His hands and feet are swelling pretty bad at this point (normal), he says he sees lines or metallic butterflies (I think?) which is also normal for the chemo and everything that is going on. I was able to sit beside him and hold his hand, something that I can honestly say I haven't done in A REALLY LONG TIME, and we both needed that.

David (brother) has been busy making sure things were taken care of around the house, and helping Dad with some personal business...getting everything lined out. Maisie, (sister-in-law, David's wife) cleaned the house, and made sure everything was ready for them to come home! The baby sister , Liz came Wednesday afternoon to relieve Mom to go to work and help with transporting to rehab! She spent the night with Dad last night and said he had a pretty good night, BP was low but it was actually the way he was sitting, it was great all day!

They wanted to do an ultrasound of the leg to make sure there were no blood clots (the swelling is pretty significant) about 3 this afternoon he was CLEARED FOR REHAB!! He might not be going home, but closer to home worked just fine for him! The sooner we get to rehab and he kicks that in the butt he gets go home before going for the next round of chemo! As of now, they are taking him by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Rehab in Beaumont.

He is in very good spirits, he has moments, we have our moments, but then I hear him say "I am going to get through this!"

I have always been thankful they raised us to be a FAMILY, to count on one another because at the end of the day that is who we have. But the past month...man....WE ARE FAMILY!!!

And of course, we want to thank you. Each of you that have come to visit, sent a text, phone call, prayers, donation, offers of helping, and much more. We can't thank you enough, how awesome it is for us to see the love for Dad, Mom, and us as a whole family. All of our spouses have each been rocks, exactly what we need.

If you would like to visit Dad while he is in Beaumont, please call or text me and I will gladly let you know the floor and room. 409-651-7065.
As of now, he is cleared for visitors and very much enjoys them. We ask that if you have been around anyone with fever or have not been fever free yourself for at least 24 hours, and or have the sniffles please wait until it passes before you visit, A phone call would just as much brighten his day.

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