Internal Bleeding Resolved (Updated October17, 2012)
On Friday, October 9, I vomited a great deal of blood and was rushed to the Cleveland Clinic ER for internal hemorrhaging. The type of hemorrhaging I had suffers a 20% mortality rate, so it was quite serious. I spent four days in ICU, before being transferred to the Palliative Care unit, where I stayed another three days. During my stay, I underwent two endoscopic surgeries to repair blood vessels that had ruptured (or were about to rupture) in my esophagus and stomach. I am now at home, and have been assigned a hospice unit to work with my Cleveland Clinic team.
Not surprisingly, the days leading up to October 9 were difficult in various ways (though we didn’t know why); however, the recovery at home has been going very well. Evidences of God’s love and provision have been on display throughout this entire hemorrhaging experience, and we are so very thankful for that. I hope to be able to write about it at some point, but for now we thank you, deeply, for your prayers(!!).
How I’m Feeling (Updated October 17, 2012)
I generally feel relatively “fair” throughout each day. My pain meds have been increased yet again, and generally keep the pain away. My main struggles are tenderness/distension of the abdomen, difficulty breathing, nausea, poor appetite, gas, and acid reflux.
Blood clots (Updated September 29, 2012)
Due to ankle swelling and leg pain, my doctor was concerned about about possible blood clots in my legs. However, ultrasounds showed both legs are normal!
Treatment (Updated September 29, 2012)
My body has rejected all forms of alternative treatments that we have tried to date, and we still believe chemotherapy is unwise for purposes of my particular pancreatic cancer. (This does not concern us at all, for we trust that our God in heaven is guiding and directing our steps, consonant with His plan and purposes for our lives and His kingdom. He is good, He is great, and He is invested, wholly, in these moments with us, His children whom He loves(!).) We are relying primarily on prayer / spiritual warfare. I am also taking “protocell” and an herbal supplement (paw-paw). We are in His hands, and there is no other place we would rather be. We say, with Simon Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go [if not to You]? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jn 6:68-69.