Sunday, December 13, 2009

Home+Difficult+Argumentive=Dehydrated at Twin Cities Hospital

Well here we go again. Dale & I (Hillary) know that Kevin coming home was not a goo idea.  He was in such a hurry to get out of the hospital that he rushed it and here we are 4 days later back in our po-dunk hospital. Without an on-call oncologist 24/7, pain management team, the top multiple myeloma cancer doctors in the world and Dennis.

We don't know how long he will be in the hospital again or if Dr. Bonis will try to get us back up north before his scheduled January return. We had an appointment with Dr. Bonis Monday morning so we don't know if he will be able to come to the hospital tomorrow or not. We don't know much at this time but what we do know is WE'RE BACK!!!!

Just after we left UCSF we got some hard news from Dennis' family. To quote his blog  
"After long discussions with the doctors, nurses, and between ourselves, Dennis has chosen not to receive the transplant and  to return home  to Alaska. Not the course we were hoping for when we left Eagle River in September, but a course we always knew was a possibility.  His blood counts never did recover and his body has put up the biggest fight the doctors have ever seen (really!), but the fight has weakened his body and spirit.  Dr. "Optimistic" Martin admitted he has lost his optimism and is having real doubts that Dennis' body could survive a transplant.  Although they were willing to wait to see if the lung infection would clear and his body get stronger, with the risks so high and the chance for a successful transplant now so low, Dennis has decided that life in a hospital is not the quality of life he wants.  He wants to be in Alaska, in his home, with his kids, grandkids and friends.

We continue to send our love and prayers of comfort to Dennis and his family. We miss them so much and we were extremely saddened not to be there when they made this extremely hard decision.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing pictures of my father... it is so hard to be so far away and not have any idea of what life is like there. Thank you for all your kindness and kind words~ my dad is a wonderful man! :)

    -Angela (Lozano) Lawson