David's health journey began 18 years ago with colon cancer, he made the hard choice to have the surgery and to have a colostomy bag for the rest of his life! This saved his life and he went on to enjoy his favorite things, Florida and fishing, a snow bird! Unfortunately he lost the love of his life 2 years ago very quickly to pancreatic cancer, my mother, Margaret, and his life change was very dramatic, but in December of 2019, he began noticing that something wasn't right, I could tell by his actions, so I asked Daddy what is wrong, something is wrong with you, he broke down and told me how he felt health wise and Gary and I took him to the hospital, that night in early December we learned the cancer had returned, we took Daddy back to Duke and all was set to start Chemo on his abdomen tumor. I was spending the weekend with Dad and on Sunday night he woke me up at 1:00 in the morning to tell me he was sick, we spent the night with him very ill, I thought it was the stomach flu going around, but early morning Dad asked me to call an ambulance and I knew something more was wrong, so I called, the ER Dr also thought it was the stomach flu and sent him home. The next night and day was the same, so we took him back to the ER and told a different Dr this is not the stomach flu and he did a CAT Scan, and found a blockage in Dad's small intestine caused by the tumor, we spent a week at Catawba Medical center waiting to stabilize him and see if their efforts would correct the blockage, no Doctor in Hickory would perform surgery on Dad, so we transferred him to Duke where they accepted him as a patient and Drs willing to perform the surgery to reconstruct his small intestine and colon around the blockage. Now we wait, and wait, and pray and pray to see if the surgery was a success. Dad is very weak, prayers for strength, peace, and healing, All things can be done through Jesus Christ our Lord and savior 🙏!
Update: As of today, Feb 4th, World Cancer Day, the surgery is starting to work, they have removed the stomach pump and he can start having somethings by mouth for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks, Praising God for his blessings and for continuing to strengthen, heal, and give peace to my Dad! Amen
Update: Dad is leaving Duke today Friday February 7th, at 1:00pm to go to Rehab, prayers for safe travels!
Update: Dad is at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Conover on 4th St SW Room 407
Update: Dad is home and started Chemo today, 3/19/3020, he is also having Home Health Care come in and work with him on physical therapy.