"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Friday, May 29, 2009

A full day of tests

Well, Daddy had to be at UAB's Kirkland Clinic in Birmingham at 5:30 this morning for a full day of tests. Today is the day we’ll find out if he’s a candidate for a kidney transplant. (Click here to read why he needs a transplant.)

Sometime before 7:00, my stepmom said they had already drawn 15 vials of blood. Good grief. That’s a lot of blood, folks.

From what I understand, he’ll undergo several tests today and then sit down with a panel of doctors who will review his results with him in detail.

I found out a bit of good news yesterday. Daddy said that if the doctors discover he’s eligible for a transplant, they’ll immediately test Michelle to see if she’s a donor match. We could know something in as little as two weeks. That would be such a relief.

I know that he’s busy with tests today, and that even if I could be there, I probably wouldn’t get to see him very much. But y’all, part of me is aching to be there for him. I’m having such a hard time focusing on things at work today – I can’t keep my mind from wondering how things are going in Birmingham.

Once again, I’m counting on y’all to keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.

16 comments:

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

awww (hugz) you and your daddy are in my prayers

Diane said...

You're all there, darlin'. Sending good vibes, happy thoughts, big hugs, and lots of love your way!!! XO

Kelly said...

Goodness, I hope and pray for the best!!!

septembermom said...

Heather, I'm praying for your father and your family. Hugs!

Missy said...

Putting your dad and you on our prayer chain! Everything will work out fine! :)

RileyScott said...

I hope everything works out the best way possible

Trudy said...

I'll be praying for everyone Heather!

Anonymous said...

H, I know you want to be there with your dad and Michelle. We're all so excited about the possibility of his getting a transplant soon. His evaluation is going so much faster than mine did. Thank goodness they've improved things!

I'm praying for you as well as for Mark and Michelle.

I love you, Sweetie.
AJ

scarlethue said...

I'll be thinking about you and your dad. :)

Dan Felstead said...

Heather...you got it...you and your family are being prayed for...I hope the outcome is only the best. I know it is hard to be out of town when a loved one is ill. We lived out of town for about 20 years. During that time my mother passed away and my wife's mother passed away. It is tough to miss that time together.

Dan

Kitten said...

Praying for you and your fam right now!

sherri said...

I'll be praying for all of you.

Kim said...

No question - your family and you are in my prayers. Please keep us updated. Hugs!

david mcmahon said...

As a father, my thoughts and prayers are with your Dad - and of course, for the whole family.

God bless and protect you all.

Jessica said...

Aww I know it's got to be so hard to not be there with him. I'm sure he knows how much you want to be though! I'll be standing by to hear the positive news.. you have lots of prayers going your way!

SSQuo said...

And you guys are in my prayers! Do keep us posted. All will be well.