Eric was rushed to the hospital yesterday with a high fever and shortness of breath. The doctors worked on him all day, trying everything they could think of to bring down the fever, improve his oxygenation, and bridge him back to a level of stability. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful and Eric died at 7:15 last night from complete organ failure.
I truly appreciate your continued prayers during this time.
With love, Gwen
Mar 18, 2017
Back home from another inspiring trip to Cleveland Clinic! This time we met with the head of the lung transplant program, who keeps seeing Eric Florida's name and wanted to meet the man at the top of her organ transplant list. Due to the nature of the organ allocation process, she says, Eric will likely spend at least two years waiting for a donor. She also took over his case and will coordinate our future visits so that we're not spending so much time going back and forth - it's not easy for Eric to spend 12 hours in the car, nor is it easy for our budget to spend several nights in a hotel every other month! So buckle up, friends, we may pursue listing Eric on a second transplant list to try and shorten this projected 2-year time frame. You may read about visits to Pennsylvania or Arizona, where the other hospitals to perform lung/liver transplants are located. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers, and we hope against all odds that Eric will be healed very soon.
Dec 01, 2016
It's a humbling moment when you see God show up to meet your needs. For all of our dear friends and family who are so generously walking with us on this journey, we send our immeasurable thanks!
Nov 29, 2016
Happy Tuesday! If you've clicked over from the Facebook link, please be sure to sign the guest book before you leave. It's so encouraging for Eric to read notes from friends both new and old, far...
Oct 29, 2016
Finally! Eric is officially on the transplant list and we will now begin the living 'on the edge of our seat' portion of this journey. Packing our go-bags, making sure our bills are on...
Sep 19, 2016
Hi Friends and Family! My lung transplant coordinator at Cleveland Clinic called today with the news that the transplant committee has given me the green light. Now that I have been approved by...
Aug 13, 2016
We're home and happy this weekend. The visit to Cleveland was truly (finally!!) the last one in Eric's pre-transplant evaluation process. He will get the last two tests done here at home next...
Aug 11, 2016
Day 4 of 5 @ Cleveland Clinic is over and we are still feeling very good about Eric's chances of actually being done with evaluation. One last consult on the schedule for tomorrow, two additional...
Aug 09, 2016
Greetings from Cleveland Clinic: we are done with day 2 of 5 @ MTL and feel very optimistic about this visit! Today, Eric was cleared by a cardiologist, who actually removed a test from his...
Jun 30, 2016
If you'd asked me two years ago, what would you do with $20,000? I probably wouldn't have said "spend it on medical expenses". Now I look at the generous donations from our friends and say, we're...
Jun 18, 2016
This week brought us a whole slew of upcoming appointments and information. In a few short weeks, Eric will once again be undergoing all of the same tests plus a few surprising new ones, in hopes...
Jun 08, 2016
Pre-transplant Evaluation: Year 2 We got kicked out of Cleveland Clinic.
Just kidding: the three scheduled days of repeat testing turned into a single day, with several things being postponed. ...
Apr 29, 2016
Just over a month from now, Eric will have pre-transplant re-tests at Cleveland Clinic. He is responding well to treatment for the lung pressures, and hopes to get a green light for lung...
Apr 13, 2016
Well friends, it's been a whole year since Eric saw the doctor who said the words that started the process that changed our lives. Today, we recognize the failure of the English language to...
Apr 09, 2016
What an excellent fundraiser! Although it was chilly, we had a great turnout from our neighbors and community, and now we get to end another day feeling so blessed. With Eric fighting...
Mar 11, 2016
As spring cleaning brings a sense of order to our lives, candles bring a scent of clean cotton to our living rooms, and baking cookies brings...well, you get the idea. We're hosting our first...
Feb 27, 2016
Well friends, the pre-transplant evaluation process is finally finished - hooray!! However, he is not [yet] a candidate for transplant - boo!!
Yesterday we learned a lot about the relationship...
Feb 07, 2016
GREEN LIGHT: the liver committee met and checked "yes" for Eric's transplant, and the lung team has lined up their three more tests for this month. So we'll be making the trek to Cleveland twice...
Jan 18, 2016
News today ~ exactly as assumed: a few more tests are on the horizon, after which we truly hope the transplant committee will be satisfied and come to a decision!
We are thankful for a...
Jan 15, 2016
Well friends, no news today.
Jan 10, 2016
We heard from our coordinator: the transplant committee will be discussing Eric's case next Friday! Our expectation is that they will want a few more tests before giving him the green light, but...
Jan 06, 2016
Day 3 @ Cleveland Clinic: 8 hours and 8 appointments, plus they added one more to the schedule for tomorrow morning.
Today ended on an upbeat note with the pulmonologist telling Eric that he's...
Jan 05, 2016
Day 2 @ Cleveland Clinic: Another grueling 9.5 hour day, 11 more appointments, Eric is down 55 vials of blood, but wow, did we have a good day. It's obvious there are some real prayer warriors...
Jan 04, 2016
Day 1 @ Cleveland Clinic: We are exhausted. 9 hours and 6 appointments down, much and more ahead. We learned some new things about how careful and cautious this transplant team will be in...
Jan 03, 2016
Eric has 25 appointments over the next three days....each with their own automated reminder phone call, it seems. We're excited to find out if he will be "chosen" for Cleveland Clinic's transplant...
Nov 25, 2015
We have a new thing to be thankful for: an appointment with Cleveland Clinic! Eric's transplant evaluation will take place January 5th & 6th, so we can relax and take care of life for the rest of...
Nov 19, 2015
Eric has taken several calls from Cleveland Clinic over the past week, and we are definitely 'feeling the love' from that place. The doctors in charge of his organ transplant needs are reviewing...
Nov 12, 2015
Good news! Or just news, really.... Eric's records were sent to both U of M and Cleveland Clinic for review. We are hopeful that someone will contact him soon regarding the next steps, if there...
Oct 28, 2015
I received THE CALL from IU health at noon today. They have decided not to go forward with a liver transplant. At this point the plan is for them to send my records to U of M Ann Arbor for...
Oct 10, 2015
Three quiet weeks have come and gone, with one more test complete and those results now pending. Fall is officially here, and we've been enjoying the little things: down comforter on the bed, all...
Sep 17, 2015
This week brought a few more tests to a close - two CT scans and a sleep study to monitor his oxygen levels. Once again we hope those will be the last, and that someone from the transplant team...
Sep 03, 2015
Thoughts from Eric: It is by now apparent that this process is going to take as long as it takes and we have no way of predicting whether that will be days, weeks or months. The current issue...
Aug 29, 2015
This week was full of news! Eric was able to get in for his heart cath due to a cancellation, so we found out his heart is healthy but there is increased pulmonary pressure related to his failing...
Aug 19, 2015
The clock is ticking: Eric's cardiac catheterization appointment is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 @ 8:30am and (once again....) we expect that to be the final piece of the puzzle; after which...
Aug 12, 2015
Logged in today for the first time in a week and am once again blown away. Truly, we are so blessed by all of you who have joined us in this journey with your support and prayers. ~ thank...
Aug 05, 2015
Thanks to everyone who stopped praying for patience last week ~ it worked, we have an action step to take! :)
The cardiologist has finally weighed in and believes that a heart cath is in...
Jul 28, 2015
Patience is like willpower: if you don't use it, you lose it. Apparently, our patience muscle is flabby, so we're being coached by the Almighty!
We continue to wait and wonder and try to stay...
Jul 17, 2015
Remember being in high school and waiting for a friend to call? You’d tell your family to stay off the phone, then continuously pick it up to check for the dial tone. Just in case.
Jul 10, 2015
I think Tom Petty said it best – “The waiting is the hardest part”
Well, we’re still in the same holding pattern: waiting for the transplant committee to present Eric’s case for approval. On...
Jul 02, 2015
Everyone says that when you go through a life-changing event your focus shifts and you begin to care more about the little everyday blessings. I believe this is true ~ you don't mind the weather...
Jun 26, 2015
Thanks to everyone who came together this week in prayer and support of Eric. We believe he's done with the evaluation process, so we should hear from the transplant committee soon. What a treat...
Jun 23, 2015
Welcome friends! Now that Eric is through the transplant evaluation process, it's time to begin planning for the surgery and following medical costs. We appreciate your prayers and support, and...