Jim's so much better; we don't know why

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Jim's wife
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/11/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Even as recently as New Year's, Jim, who is in end-stage liver failure, was suffering mightily with encepalopathy and low-sodium induced low blood pressure. He was on a walker (when he could stand without fainting or having a seizure), couldn't walk steps, needed 24 hour supervision, was completely dependent for all bathing and toileting.
The DRs removed his Aldactone and Lasix (diuretics). Slowly he started coming back. Now he walks steps, makes many of his own meals, cleans up his personal space, does his laundry, cleans the litter boxes, administers his own meds, walks without assistance (although I make him take a cane outside of the house). He wants to drive, but DR said only after his gait improves and he has an evaluation by an occupational therapist.
He was building some ascites, so he is back on 50 mg Aldactone once a day, and that had relieved some pressure without screwing up his progress.
We are very very very thankful that he is "coming back." We call it our miracle.
As for me, I had my "final" breast cancer surgery this week to insert permanent implants on both sides. The one side I had radiated could not accept an implant--skin was too thin and infection would have been a guaranteed outcome. After surgery the DR said I may have to wait for up to a year of healing before some other reconstruction method can be tried. Happy news for Jim; unhappy news for me.

Venita and Jim
Wlmington DE

Barbara P
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   Posted 2/11/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Venita,

May Jim's miracle continue and I pray one lies around the corner for you so that you can complete your implants.

Your story gives hope to others who are struggling with end stage liver disease.

My Gene continues battling his list of ever changing symptoms but just the fact that he is here to honor the three year anniversary of his diagnosis of esophageal cancer attests to the fact that we should never give up. There are always miracles and exceptions to the rule.

Peace to all,                  


                     LIVE IN THE MOMENT!
                          Hugs and Prayers

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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Venita, that is wonderful news about Jim! May he continue to improve.

I know you are disappointed that you could not have implants on both sides, but at least you are HERE! Get a mastectomy bra and form so you will not be off-balance (my aunt did this.)


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   Posted 2/11/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Such wonderful news about Jim. You both are deserving of all the mircles that are offered. I know that even with your own disappointing news that you are overjoyed with his progress.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both for continued improvement.


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 2/11/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Venita, So glad that Jim is doing well. My husband has been doing well also. It makes life a little easier on that front. My prayers will be with you both..........Pink Grandma

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   Posted 2/12/2007 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great news for Jim, Venita. You must be disappointed with your own news but the "miracle" liver turn around must have you "over the moon". May he continue to improve.
Take care, bith of you. You are all in my prayers.

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