4.07.2008

Its Official

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.

19 comments:

Milly~ said...

My thoughts and prayers are with your Dad.

Shari said...

will be praying Kim...keep us posted & know all are thought of.

Jen said...

I am thinking of you and your family, Kim. Good luck to all of you!

staci said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad. God speed.

Sandra said...

We've had some really good success stories about going in for a workup at the Mayo Clinic. My family suffers from heart problems, and they have a great team of doctors there to investigate and offer new solutions.

May your Dad find answers to his health issues. God's love and blessings to your family.

sandra
www.craftingwithsandra.com

Virpi said...

I wish you have a successfull visit to the clinic. You and your dad are in my thoughts.

Irene said...

Drive safely. I will be thinking of you and your dad.

Nic said...

I hope that the visit to the clinic goes well, and they can offer some solutions.

Chiloe said...

I hope your trip will be fine and that they won't find something serious about him... (((hugs))))

Anonymous said...

Dear Kim, Just wanted to send some good thoughts your way. I hope your Dad is able to get a diagnosis and treatment quickly. Hugs and prayers from a blog reader in NY -Nancy

Jennifer said...

Good luck to you and your dad!!

timetostitch said...

All the best on your trip and your appt at the Mayo Clinic.
I will say an extra prayer.
Petra

Amy said...

I just read your blog entry and I cant help myself. I cant stop crying, I am so scared. I hope they find out what is wrong with dad and fix it. We are too young to lose him. It is so nice that you let all of your friends know what is going, we need the extra prayers.

Aussie Stitcher said...

Hi Kim, will certainly have your Dad and family in my prayers during this time {{{HUGS}}}

Doris said...

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad.

Jennifer's life and goings on said...

I am praying for your dad, and for you.

Michele said...

Sending you and your dad positive thoughts and warm hugs. I hope the can find out what is wrong. It's so tough to be sick like that and not know what is going on.

Mylene said...

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your Dad. Hope all goes well with your Dad.

valda said...

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your dad and you!

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