Allan Irey Allan Irey's Journey

First post: Jun 28, 2022 Latest post: Jul 22, 2022
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for our dear Allan.  Our dad, grandfather, brother, and friend to so many. The last year has been a challenge for Al. Starting off with a stroke that has left him unable to speak, besides some mumbles and groans, unable to walk, and unable to do a lot of basic movements. After being transported to a full-time care facility, we have been trying to make sure Al has had a best quality of life during this challenging time. On Monday, June 20th Al was rolling over in bed with the assistance of a nurse and fractured his femur bone. This is a severe injury that happened with little to no force. He was immediately taken to University of MD, Baltimore, shock trauma for treatment. After a handful of tests and scans it was apparent that Al has been suffering, unknowingly, with a type of cancer causing his bones to become weak, and therefore causing them to break easier. He has a femur fracture, clavicle fracture, additional fractures in his tibia and legs, as well as multiple lesions in his pelvis and right arm. The cancer he has is " Multiple Myeloma" which is cancer of the plasma cells in your blood.  On Wednesday, June 22nd the doctors were able to successfully place a rod in his femur and "caging" to stabilize his leg.  Thursday, as he was recovering his blood pressure and oxygen levels started to drop causing extreme fatigue. After being on oxygen and a blood transfusion, Al's color and overall look has improved. As of now, we are still waiting to get a game plan together to see what the next days/weeks might look like. We are working very hard to make sure he is comfortable, loved, and cared for as we know this is an aggressive cancer. Monday, June 27th we will sit down with the doctors to decide his next move either to hospice care or to Tracy's home (his second oldest daughter's home). Please continue to pray for comfort, peace and strength for our beloved Al. We will continue to post updates here throughout the weekend and as we learn more. This is an overwhelming time so updates through Caring Bridge will be the best place for you to access information. Thank you, kindly, from the bottom of our hearts - Al's family.