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8/28/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Hi Family and Friends,
We have been overwhelmingly blessed by all the love and concern that everyone is pouring out towards our Dad, Dan Schar. However, since he has so many people that love him, it’s a challenge to keep up with updating all of you. So we will be posting updates on the Caring Bridge website that will keep everyone informed. It’s also a place where you can post messages for him that we can read to him when he is feeling up to it.
Some of you know that my Dad has not quite had as much energy as he is used to having over the past few months. He kept thinking it was just a body getting a bit old but in reality there were lots of things happening inside him that were causing the overwhelming exhaustion and pain.
This past week he went in on Tuesday to have a basic carpal tunnel surgery to try to relieve a little pain in his wrist. However, when he was recovering his pulse dropped to 44 and he really was not feeling well. I took him into the emergency room and a journey of discovering just how sick he really is ensued. The multiple tests, scans, biopsy’s etc. showed an enlarged liver, kidneys that were not functioning, lungs that had infiltrates giving him pneumonia, a fractured vertebrae and a fractured rib. All of this seemed quite confusing to us especially because his white blood cell count had been normal and he didn’t have any sort of fever.
We were even more concerned yesterday when he went into full cardiac arrest. Fortunately, we were in the right place and the rapid response team did an amazing job of bringing him back. It’s quite a traumatic experience to see your father literally die before your eyes and then return to you a couple minutes later. He has some more fractures from the experience in his sternum but he is alive and we are grateful.
After that experience he was moved into the ICU and put on pressurized oxygen which helped significantly. Unfortunately, he had a bit of a rough night last night and his pulse went down to 20. He kept the ICU staff on their toes. Today they have added a beta blocker that has kept the heart more stable and his oxygen saturation has also improved. He is now scheduled for a pace maker to be put in either tomorrow or Monday.
Today we finally received the diagnosis from the oncologist of Multiple Myeloma. Not great to hear that you have cancer and that it is not curable. However, it is treatable and if managed well you can continue to live for several years. On Monday he will be having some bone marrow taken and they will assess to what stage the Myeloma has progressed. (Stage I, II or III)
At this time, he is focusing on getting the acute symptoms under control and then we will look at the long term treatment. He needs lots of rest to get over the pneumonia and get his heart stabilized. So for now they are limiting visitors to immediate family.
Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement. We will keep you posted as best we can.