Let me begin by saying Shane, Hydi, Allyson, April, Rosie and the entire family are beyond grateful for all the acts of kindness shown to them. We are most thankful for all the prayers. I (Heather) will be doing my best to update the site daily.
Shane began experiencing pain on his right side a few weeks ago. He went to the doctor on the week of Nov 20th. On Saturday Nov 25th he had an ultrasound on his gallbladder where they saw some sludge in his gallbladder. The doctor sent him to see a GI doctor on Monday (Nov 27). The GI sent him to the hospital immediately, under the assumption he needed his gallbladder removed. On Tuesday the doctor and nurses absolutely put Shane through the ringer. They drew blood (in true Shane fashion, after about the third blood draw, he assured them he was completely out of blood) and did every test known to man, (according to Shane). Tuesday afternoon the doctors informed us that they found three masses on Shane’s liver and that he was in Acute Liver Failure. Obviously, were shocked and speechless and the gallbladder removal was put on the back burner. We spent the next few days praying and waiting on test results, but as the days passed his liver failure continued to progress and his kidneys began to fail. On Friday, Dec 1, the doctors told us that due to the severity of the liver failure and the kidneys failing, Shane had only about 3 to 6 months left to live. During this time, we were waiting on one more test that we would have hoped would tell us more about the masses, but that test was inconclusive. Shane and Hydi wanted a biopsy of the masses. The biopsy was done Tuesday morning (Dec 5) and with no complications he would be able go home after 24 hours and they would call home with the results. The following day (Wednesday), the doctors came in and said that due to the severity of the kidney function, Shane’s time was very limited, days or weeks, not months.