I'm heading on Monday to Rochester, MN with my Dad.
He has an appointment at 7:30am on Tuesday (April 15th), at the Mayo Clinic. At this time he is going to be an outpatient.. but things could change. When I first found out about the chance that he might be going to Mayo, I said I would go. Well I got the call this afternoon. My Dad and I would have to leave on Monday, stay at a hotel over night, so we can get to his early morning appt. And just play it by ear as the time goes on, if he would be needing more test and such.
So, I have called work, and I will work on my Sunday off, so I can have a coworker switch with me, so she would work for me on Monday.. and my boss will be covering for me on Wednesday. I would have off Mon - Friday. I will leave early Monday morning, stop and pick up my dad, and drive the 4 hr trip from my parents, to Rochester. So I will spend at least 7hrs in the truck on Monday. As of right now, they don't know if it will be 1 or 3 - 5 days, before we could head home.
For those wondering, why Mayo? My dad has been sick since Jan '07. Over the time he has been put thru the wringer on test after test, without any results, as to why he feels the way he does. He always has a rolling in his stomach, and has been off of work since Dec 3rd. Couple of weeks ago he was forced into retirement. Back in January, he spent 4 days at University Hospital in Madison for tests.. but they could only come to the conclusion that he had a very rare symptoms of a side affect of his diabetes. Its to do with his bowels. Just very painful and very unpleasant to live with. Some days it takes him awhile to get going.. and he has lost alot of weight. We were down to visit my family at the beginning of March, and I was aware that he had lost alot of weight, but if we weren't in a public place at the time, I wouldn't have controlled my tears. He had lost 95lbs.. they said over a course of months, but I felt it was more like since Christmas. It was so sad to see him in the shape he was.
So, if you could think some good thoughts and if acceptable, a few prayers as we make this journey.. it would be greatly appreciated!
As of right now.. this trip to Mayo Clinic, is his last option, so to speak. We are so ready to hear what is wrong with my Dad. Its sad to see a person live this way.