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)
September 3, 2020
Hey Everyone! Update on Dad! So many positive changes have happened this past month! He has been eating well and has his appetite back! The trach collar has been gone now for a few weeks. We were planning on continuing dialysis after he would be released, but Dr. Singh (such an amazing man) has made the decision dialysis is no longer needed. They removed the dialysis ports and kidneys are doing great at the moment! He has been working with physical therapy, he is able to do a few steps with a walker. Depending on how continued physical therapy goes, he may need surgery on his feet to really be able to walk on his own again. But, you never know, he has made so much progress! The best news of all, we are scheduled to take him HOME this weekend! I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are! He hasn’t been home since early February and it definitely hasn’t felt the same without him. The little chihuahuas sure have missed him! I will be attending a discharge education class with Dad before I can take him home, I know we will have plenty of upkeep to learn about to keep him and his new organ healthy. He is a fighter for sure and this hasn’t been easy for him, but the upkeep on his health will be easy compared to the past 8 months! To everyone who has prayed, checked in, encouraged us, donated to his campaign, and kept our family in their thoughts…. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Our family is just so grateful for Dad’s second chance at life and are just so appreciative for the support we have received. I hope everyone is staying well during this crazy year and please know how much we love you all!
July 28, 2020
Hi Y’all! Quick update on Dad! We’ve had quite a bit of good news lately. He hasn’t had the feeding tube and has been eating real food! In fact, the nurses said he loves the breakfast, but said the lunch needs some work. Sounds like Dad for sure! (being the son of parents who owned a restaurant, he is particular!) It seems like the trach collar will be gone soon as well. Recently, they added a voice box to the trach collar so we were able to talk to him on the phone. He sounds like his old self again! He has been doing great with physical therapy working with them more frequently and making strides with that. From what we are gathering, he may be released within the next couple of weeks. He will still have a long journey ahead, but he will be able to be home. Physical therapy will be a must to get him walking again, really walking again. He will still have dialysis a few times a week, frequent follow up appointments and a laundry list of medicines to take. But, he will be with us so we can help support him! It’s still strange to think it’s been about 8 months since he has been home and what a long trip this has been for him. Thank you again to everyone who has prayed, offered words of encouragement, donated to his campaign and has shown their support! We are just beyond grateful and our hearts are so full. I hope everyone’s families are staying healthy and well!
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September 23, 2020
Wishing our friend and classmate a speedy recovery
Cathy Calderon Muniz
September 3, 2020
VERY happy to hear so much great news about your Dad. Sending lots of love from California. Praying for continued progress and happier days ahead! XO
July 13, 2020
Keep fighting the good fight!
June 23, 2020
Stay strong “pop a top “. Praying for daily improvements.