I am sitting next to Michaels hospital bed as I type this morning! God is so good! He has been in charge this whole time! Every little piece has come together so miraculously that I want ALL to see the power of Christ through our story! Michael has been listed at Georgetown Medstar, as well as University of Minnesota for over a year and then University of Wisconsin was added. (I was beginning to stress out!) He had received 4 organ offers over the past year or so...ALL of which ended up not viable...pretty heartbreaking. Georgetown called one week ago, Sunday September 17th with what seemed to be a very promising offer! When the surgeon was confident enough to have us begin travel on Monday morning I shared on FB. We really thought this had to be 'the one'! After traveling most of the day and being checked into the hospital, I just knew it was a go. My sister had flown in from St. Louis, and our daughter had called with the surprise news that she would be there by the next morning! That being said, we were STUNNED beyond belief when the surgeon came in the room and told u that an unexpected hematoma had been discovered on the back side of the pancreas....I'm pretty sure my heart skipped a few beats! I felt like I couldn't breath! We cried. Together. Michael and I. We were just absolutely DEVASTATED! I loved Georgetown University Hospital! The nurses, docs and the surgeon, Dr Peter Abrams! A pretty special surgeon by the way. Look him up sometime if you get a chance! He was seriously disappointed as well. He WANTED to transplant Michael! He actually asked us to stay in the D.C. area for a few days, as he planned to aggressively seek new organs for Michael before we had to return home to Eugene. At that point we just thought we really needed to give him a chance! While Michael was still admitted, he DID actually fIND another possible donor. Once again, not viable! Six offers, no new organs! Our daughter had planned on leaving Friday and my sister was up to remaining in the area to wait it out with us as well. Michael had only packed enough dialysis for one night. A 'just in case'...We did manage to get more shipped, but Michael was required to remain admitted in the hospital until that arrived. After he was released Wednesday afternoon we went to our Airbnb. Our daughter planned to leave Friday morning, so Thursday was our day to tour around the D.C. area and see the sights...there was a bit of a cloud over us, as we were hoping, PRAYING for a call at any moment! We decided to just go for it. We rode the subway, walked miles and ended our day with the Lincoln Memorial and a delicious Mexican dinner! With her leaving bright and early on Friday, we were all congregating in the bedroom chatting and hanging out. At 1:30 am University of Minnesota Medical Center calls with an offer for Michael! He was still reeling from disappointment over Georgetown and questioned (for a short moment) whether to say yes again, just to be let down again. I am sooo thankful we came here! You see, God had a bigger plan than we knew about! Of course! We got off the phone, booked a flight, and went straight to the airport. We were here for just over an hour when he was taken to pre-op! It was very fast! If we had chosen to just go back to Eugene after we originally discovered it was a no go, Michael would not have these new organs! God KNEW! We didn't know, but God was working behind the scenes and orchestrated it all to perfection! HIS perfect timing! Amen!
Aug 17, 2017
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Jan 09, 2017
Well to say this last couple days were a whirlwind is an understatement! Michael got 'The Call' from Georgetown University on Friday the 6th. We were told he was on standby for a kidney pancreas! ...
Dec 08, 2016
We are still waiting! Georgetown hasn't received all the testing results yet. Also they may have one more test for him. When he had his stroke, they did a brain CT scan and a MRI. The notes say he...
Dec 06, 2016
Michaels stress test results are in and good! Such a HUGE RELIEF! Georgetown asked for one more thing at the last minute. Michael will be having a CT scan on his abdomen and his chest tomorrow...
Nov 30, 2016
Michael Ediger and I would like to thank all who turned out for Michaels fundraiser at Papas Pizza today! A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO Oscar Maciel as well as Rosie Nguyen!
Without you guys we would not...
Nov 23, 2016
Just a quick update. Today Michael heard from Oregon Heart and Vascular. His stress test appointment is on December 5th at 630 am!
Nov 22, 2016
We made it home from Georgetown University Medical Center. My best description of our current thoughts is that we are cautiously optimistic about a transplant for Michael! He is going to have...
Nov 12, 2016
Next Saturday we will be in Washington DC at this time. Michael is going to be evaluated for kidney/pancreas transplant at Georgetown University Medical Center on the 21st. We are both hopeful and...
Oct 22, 2016
Michael just went LIVE on the transplant list at University of Minnesota as of yesterday, October 21st! Big stuff folks! We are so excited that he is healthy enough to finally get on the list! I...
Oct 05, 2016
Well, yesterday was yet another big day towards Michaels final goal! Being a non diabetic without kidney failure! The cardiac surgeon said 2 more weeks of not lifting more than 20 pounds now and...
Oct 04, 2016
We are beginning the celebration of Christmas a bit early this year, as our Christmas Card Fundraiser begins
As you all know CHRISTMAS is just around the corner!
My dear cousin Diane Powell,...
Sep 17, 2016
Yesterday was a huge milestone in Michaels journey. He has been accruing wait time on the transplant list for 1 year! University of Minnesota told us that his wait could be up to 2 years. Today...
Sep 06, 2016
For all who haven't had the blow by blow via Facebook, I will spare you and give a summary of Michael and his latest procedure. August 23rd he had a triple bypass and is now recovering at home at a...
Aug 12, 2016
On Monday the 8th Michael received a call from his cardiac surgeon postponing Wednesday's bypass surgery. Due to his dialysis fistula things have become a bit more complicated. Now I'm no surgeon...
Jul 26, 2016
Today was a long but productive day! And then Michaels uncle and aunt picked us up and we got to visit over dinner. Michael hasn't seen him in 23 years! The surgeon said he thinks Michael is a...
Jul 15, 2016
Today was Michael's angiogram. We did not get the news we were hoping for. He has more blockage in his LAD (left anterior descending artery). Because of his long term diabetes the stenting can be...
Jul 12, 2016
Ok, we went to Dr. Cook, Michaels cardiologist this morning. The bottom line is that he will be having another angiogram on Friday morning. The doc said he believes the blockage is in one of the...
Jun 15, 2016
As we wait, God has it all under control! Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a...
May 09, 2016
I have been a bit late on the update, I know... We are extremely hopeful he will be listed at University of Minnesota Medical Center. He has been assigned a transplant coordinator already and we...
Apr 26, 2016
I am writing a temporary update for now...Today Michael spoke with the surgeon we had seen last week. UW will not be doing a pancreas/kidney for him. He sees his nephrologist on Friday at 1pm. His...
Apr 19, 2016
Well today was a big day! A lot of info. We will find out by Monday at the latest whether Michael gets 2 organs or 1. We did get some info we were a bit shocked about. He had a small TIA...
Apr 12, 2016
Well. One week from today Michael and I will know...pancreas/kidney??? Or kidney...this is an extremely stressful time of waiting. Please join us in prayer this week! We are trusting God knows...
Apr 02, 2016
God cares about every detail! I have felt Gods presence surrounding Michael as he goes out and works...still. He has never been one to sit. He will work as long as he can as this helps him in more...
Mar 19, 2016
New pics! My vision must be going because they are a bit blurry, but I did want to document the occasion! Papas Pizza Fundraiser! What a fun night with our dear friends and family!
Mar 15, 2016
We have an appointment date folks! April 18th at UWMedical Center. This will be a very critical evaluation, as the surgeons meet with Michael to make a decision as to whether he is still up for...
Feb 17, 2016
I was incorrect on the when part of our trip to Seattle. End of March, beginning of April. We should have a specific date in the next couple days!
Feb 10, 2016
We heard from the transplant coordinator in Seattle yesterday. They plan on doing Michaels 3 month checkup themselves. So we will be heading to Seattle end of the month or beginning of March. He...
Jan 26, 2016
Wow what an outpouring of love and support for the fundraiser tonight! Michael and I both were completely AMAZED by all who turned out! Thanx to ALL! I will post pics as soon as I figure out how...
Jan 19, 2016
You can print your Papas Pizza Fundraiser flyer from the link below, 'Fundraiser', or simply let them know when you order that it is for the Michael Ediger Fundraiser. Please join us with our...
Jan 10, 2016
Michael had his angiogram on Friday the 8th. They put in another stent and he is all good again! Will be having stress test test again in 6 months! Prayers that he will remain all good! He is on...
Jan 07, 2016
Michael will be having another angiogram on Friday. January 8th. Please pray all is good!
Papas Pizza Parlor Fundraiser W. 11th and Chambers Eugene January 25th. All day! Come join us for...