Darryl had only been on his new job for just over six months. He had worked all day and then driven straight in from Maryland. It was about 3am. Now, It was his "other" foot. It was swollen and red like his left foot just 2 1/2 years ago, but there was no visible wound. We were at the ER by 9am." Just a case of cellulitis," they said. He would spend the next four nights in the hospital with IV antibiotics. He was sent home still swollen. Again, we went to the infectious disease center. More antibiotics. Upon the second follow-up and still swollen we were sent to a foot and ankle specialist. Within seconds of entering the room, the doctor diagnosed him with Charcot Foot Syndrome. WOW! He had been misdiagnosed. So his own body weight was causing the bones to collapse and separate in his foot. He could no longer perform his job and was forced to resign in early March.
While out of work, he chose to apply for a diabetic study at NOCCR at UT. He had to meet some specific criteria in order to participate in the study. They did an ultrasound to make sure he was free of gallstones. And then, On March 31st, it happened again.
I got a call from him. "Are you sitting down?," he said. He didn't have gallstones but they had found three lesions on his liver. First a MRI, then a CT. Yes, it was cancer. But the doctors were baffled. It didn't present itself toward a particular cancer. It looked a little like this cancer and a little like that cancer. The radiologist was 80% sure he knew what it was but his partners were not in agreement. Another CT scan was scheduled to make sure there was no cancer in his chest. It came back clear. On June 2nd, he finally had a biopsy and their conclusion was that there was cancer somewhere in his GI tract. Scopes were done on June 9th to reveal the real culprit... Stage 4 Colo rectal Cancer that had metastasized in his liver.
Tomorrow, June 14th, we will meet with a surgeon to discuss THE Plan.
We would appreciate your prayers as our family takes this journey. Please know that Darryl is taking this one day at a time. He does not feel ill. He is in high spirits. He believes that there is a purpose for ALL things. So, he is waiting to see what God has in store for him and us.
Your prayers and encouragements would mean so much to us.
By the way, his foot is in remission and as of now has not showed up in the second foot. He will be wearing a CROW boot for the next 8-10 months.