My Dad needs a Liver Transplant | The Momma Diaries

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Dad needs a Liver Transplant

I don't normally post super serious topics. I usually try to keep my blog positive, and upbeat. However, I also like to be honest, about everything in my life...so I'm going to tell you about my Dad.

My father was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver 8 years ago. And no, before you ask, my Dad is not an alcoholic. In fact, my father rarely drank prior to his diagnosis. He is just one of the lucky few I guess you could say, that didn't need alcohol to destroy his liver.

I could seriously write a ridiculously long post about everything he's been through the past years, but I think I'll try to just cut to the chase.

We [finally] have some good news. Here in the New England region, for my Dad to even get a liver, he'd have to get really really sick....almost to the point of death. He's getting weaker and weaker by the day, and honestly, is no where near the point of getting a liver. He is on the list, but his numbers are too low to actually obtain one. At his last appointment, his doctor mentioned getting the transplant in a different region. Apparently the wait list is A LOT shorter in other regions. He wouldn't have to move there. He'd have to go there for about a week for his initial appointments. Once the hospital knew he'd be receiving a liver soon, they'd call him and tell him to make arrangements to get there.

If he goes to another region the wait time is one week to three months. That is beyond amazing! It would literally take YEARS for him to receive a liver here in New England. To think my Dad could have one in a few months, seriously, I don't know what to say.

We also found out that his insurance will cover a portion of their flight, and up to $100 per night in lodging while he is there. More than likely my brother will take a family medical leave from work. He's still living at home, and honestly has no responsibilities, so it's pretty perfect. My Mom is the insurance carrier, so she needs to work...not to mention she needs the cash coming in!

My Mom would be able to take some time off from work here and there during the time that he would need to be in the area. I'm hoping I would be able to visit once or twice as well.

I am seriously so happy. This is really my Dad's best shot at getting a healthy liver. It's really hard seeing him so tired all the time. He seriously has no energy whatsoever. I want him to be able to enjoy his grandson. I want him to enjoy his life. He's only 55 years old, that's young in today's world!

Anyways, if you can spare a few prayers for my family, I'd so appreciate it. I'm not normally one to ask for something like that, but it would mean a lot.

Now that you know that whole story, I promise to keep you all updated on this whole process. Hopefully we're finally at the end of the road!!

5 comments:

  1. I've stumbled upon your blog and have been reading for some time now. I don't usually comment but this subject compelled me to respond.

    My mom had a liver transplant 3 1/2 years ago. She too was not an alcoholic or drug addict, but somehow contracted Hepatitis C at some point in her life which caused cirrhosis and eventually she got a tumor on her liver that resulted in the transplant.

    It has been a "rollercoaster ride" of an experiences with many ups and many downs. If you have any questions or someone to talk to, feel free to e-mail me.

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  2. Your Dad and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers!!

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  3. I'll keep your dad and my family in my thoughts. Many, many prayers and positive thoughts to all of you.

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  4. I've been a reader of your blog for several months, but I don't think I've ever commented. I just wanted to say that this is GREAT news. I'm so happy that he might get the transplant he needs. Huge T&Ps from me to your fam.
    -Meghan

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  5. Oh Kami, your dad and whole family will be in my thoughts. Best of luck to you all. :)

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