Thursday, November 29, 2007

Surprising results

Well, I had this dreaded test called a colonoscopy on Monday, which turned out to be not so bad at all. Alot of hyped for nothing, if you ask me. The worst part was not eating for an entire day and then filling my belly full of liquids until I thought I was going to throw up. Gag! But the procedure itself...I have no recollection of...I was out in this nice lala land!

Anyhoo...I got my results yesterday. Turns out that I had a "tubular adenoma" removed, which means I will need to have the test done again in 2 years. I was really, really surprised..after all...I am only 38! :) I would not have even had this test until I was 50 if my doctor had not sent me for one...only because my Dad had colon cancer.

BTW: tubular adenomas are like precancerous polyps...if left alone to grow they most likely grow cancerous. SO, if this had been left alone, if we didn't know about my Dad's cancer, I would not have had this test for another 12 yrs. Yikes!

So, I am telling you this today with a very grateful heart! I am thankful that I knew I needed to have this test now, instead of 12 yrs from now.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving me this information now and making me take care of it now! ( i hope you don't think I am over dramatizing this, it really strikes so close to home for me). I don't care how unlovely this test may seem, you won't have to tell me twice to have another one! If you had seen what my Dad has been through this last year...that is unlovely! It has been downright nasty.

As for my Daddy: Keep fighting Daddy! We are cheering you home!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanks Keisha for giving my blog a new face for Christmas! I love it!! It is a great "after colonoscopy" present!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I am so thankful today that my Daddy is on the road to recovery! He is going to make it and be home...cancer-free! He has had a good week. He is still taking dialysis every other day, and may be on it even when he returns home, we just don't know if his kidneys will fully recover. They will leave his trachea tube in until he moves and then take it out and hopefully soon after his feeding tube will come out also. *** As of Friday morning, he is on a liquid diet...this includes grits!, ice cream, soups, and coffee!! He is a happy camper today!!
Pray that Mom will be able to stay with him inexpensively! The expenses are mounting! But, God has been so faithful to them - as He always is!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I am happy to report today that Daddy is off to a good start this week. Mom said today that she wished he wouldn't talk so much, he does it alot during the night when she wishes he would sleep :) I think he may be having some bad dreams due to meds.

He is still taking dialysis, but they were able to put in the feeding tube lower to allow him to get constant feeding. We hope this will help his kidneys with the protein they'll give him.
He also got a cap put on his trache yesterday and hope that by the end of the week, they can take the whole thing out!! He then will have swallow tests to see if he can swallow properly before he is given anything by mouth...then he can get rid of the dreaded feeding tube that goes down through his NOSE! Ughh!

We'll just keep praying and hope for more good news.

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I enjoyed a nice visit yesterday with my Daddy who held my hand when I held his! His hands are no longer swollen (still needs a little help with dialysis about every other day) and he is awake. The best news for him is that he is no longer in ICU!!!!! When I walked into his room yesterday afternoon he was watching the GA game and we smiled at each other celebrating his move to a room in the transplant unit on the sixth floor!!

Now we are praying for his lungs to clear up, for his throat, vocal cords, trachea and esophagus to get back to working normally so that he will no longer need the trachea thingy (?)open . Right now they are giving him some oxygen through it and it is open to allow him to be suctioned when needed. He still has to mouth words to us unless he uses the voice device on his opening, which is not easy to use. Once he no longer needs this, he may move to the rehab floor.

This is good news to us, but he is ready to get out! Pray for him to be encouraged daily by his progress. If you would like to and would take the time, please send him a card with scripture or a prayer for him:
Piedmont Hospital
6th floor TU 21
Patient: D. Lynn Ivey
1968 Peachtree Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30309
This would be such a blessing for Momma and Daddy! Tomorrow will be 5 weeks they have been there and it can get pretty old looking at those four walls. Of course, Daddy has only been awake for about 1 1/2 weeks. But I think sometimes he wonders...Am I really going to get out of here and be at home again? We believe he will and are strongly encouraging him in that direction. So, if you can encourage him too! I have been telling him of my friends who are praying for him all over the country!
P.S. Pray that these puppies will sell! I really don't need to keep any!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Puppies!! Puppies!!

These are my Daddy's border collie pups that are about ready to sell. They are so cute and we get to baby sit them for a few days and take them to the vet. I am posting this for Momma since she has not seen them running around and playing! Enjoy!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Praise for progress

So glad to report that Daddy is awake now most of the time and can respond and he tries to communicate with us. It is difficult with his trach in right now, he has to either point to a letter and you guess what he wants or he can mouth a little at the time. It is kind of difficult at this point and takes a lot of patience on everyone's part.
But it is nice to see his eyes open and his head nodding when you talk to him. He is really weak, but has a strong desire to get well quickly. he is ready to go home in his head, but his body is not ready yet. He does not want Momma to leave him any. She won't leave the hospital, but she does have a room to stay in. Daddy is still in ICU on the vent, he did come off for 7 hrs. yesterday! He is taking dialysis some, but not continually. Therapy is coming in now to help him get his strength built back up. I am sure other types of therapy will work with him as well. He is definitely a fighter! Thank God for walking him through this! Keep praying for more progress!!To God be the glory!!

Friday, November 2, 2007


OK, if you are a guy, you should not be reading this anyway, but a heads up...I am talking mammogram!
I had my first today and Mom and Grandmommy told me "oh, it's no big deal!" Well, tell that to the girl who was red all over by the time it was done! OMG, was it painful! I did not know they would include as much skin from my chest as would fit under that cold piece of plastic, which by the way, automatically compresses you until you turn blue! Ths pic tells it all!