At the end of 2019, Dad found out he had problems with his liver, but we didn’t quite know the extent of everything. Things started to really get bad early this year when we learned he had stage 4 liver failure. He hasn’t been home since February while admitted at St Luke’s in the medical center as he waited for a transplant.
Thankfully, on March 16th he successfully had the liver transplant! We are so grateful because we didn’t know how much longer he could wait. Because of his condition before the transplant, he continues to be in the ICU and has a long recovery road ahead. (as I write this, we are 5 weeks post transplant)
June 22, 2020
Hi Everyone! Today is Father’s Day and we are definitely missing Dad! It has been officially over three months since the transplant surgery. As of a couple of weeks ago, the hospital has been allowing one designated visitor per patient during certain hours, so Mom has been able to see Dad. He is still in ICU, but good news! He is now officially no longer needing the ventilator! Such great progress and we are so happy! He still has the trach collar and feeding tube, but we are grateful for this big step! Still working with physical therapy and not able to stand on his own, but he is getting stronger. The Doctors are saying if he keeps this up, they will be able to move out of an ICU room sooner than we think. We are really feeling positive and are confident he will be able to come home healthy, strong and even better than before the transplant! I wanted to say THANK YOU to y’all for the prayers and reaching out to check in. To everyone who has donated to his campaign, please know how grateful we are! This has been a huge help to Mom with the hospital bills coming in. I hope you and your families are staying well and having a great Father’s Day!
May 9, 2020
Hi Everyone! Dad is still in the ICU, it has been almost 2 months since surgery. Doctors have ordered physical therapy for 2-3 times a day now. Getting his strength back won’t be easy, but he is working on it! Just getting him to sit up on the side of the bed is a big win! With the trach collar, he is working on breathing more on his own without the ventilator. The nurse told mom if he can breathe on his own for 24 hours, they will start talking about moving him out of ICU. He is up to 11-12 hours, half way there! The nurses are trying to teach him to talk on the trach collar, but it takes some time to get used to. He’s a bit too weak to hold the valve and can feel like he can’t breathe while attempting to talk. We have been able to do quick video calls with him and the nurse which has been such a blessing to see his face! He is definitely been getting antsy to come home! We pray we will be able to start visiting again soon now that Texas is opening back up. Of course, we respect and understand the decision the hospital has made to not allow visitors, but we miss being at his side through all of this. Thank you again to everyone who has reached out, prayed, donated, and given their positivity! We are so grateful and our hearts are overfilled by the support!
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June 23, 2020
Stay strong “pop a top “. Praying for daily improvements.
June 22, 2020
May 29, 2020
Continued prayers for your recovery, Lee!
May 29, 2020
You’ve been on my heart and mind for awhile, now. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers. You are loved by so many, Lee! Hurry up and get well and get back to your feisty self!
Andra Smith Scott