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Journal entry by Sara Irvine

Services for Dad

Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1915 Ave J, Gothenburg, Nebraska; Monday, July 30, 2018, 5:00 - 7:00 pm. with the family present beginning at 6:00 pm, followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel, July 31, 2018 at 11:00 am with Father Marty Egging officiating. 

Private family burial will take place in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska.


Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

When Dad was talking with Tara, his home health nurse, about transitioning to Hospice Care, he said his goal was to get his pain managed and be home on Thursday. We understood that to mean that we would leave the hospital and go to his house on Thursday. What we now know was that he intended to be home, with God, on Thursday.
Dad fought a good fight. His wish was to have the opportunity to say good-bye. At about 11:20 Thursday night, Dad was with his family and went home.
We are working on funeral arrangements and will send out an update when we have the details. Thank you for all your prayers, love and well wishes. We feel them and sincerely appreciate them!

Journal entry by Sara Irvine

Dad hadn’t been feeling well and decided to go to the doctor yesterday.  It was quickly discovered that he has an ileus, (the inability of the intestine (bowel) to contract normally and move waste out of the body).  He was admitted to the Gothenburg hospital.
Tests found that there are clots in the mesenteric vein and in the portal vein.  (These are veins that take blood out of the bowels and into the kidneys.)  The cause of these clots is related to the cancer and is not something that can be easily fixed.   After learning the possible treatment options, Dad decided to begin hospice care.  

Dad’s wish is to spend his time at home with his kids and our families.  He requests no other visitors.

Cards and letters are welcome.  We will be sure to share the well wishes we receive from all of you.

Thank you for all of the love and support for Dad and our family.  

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

Today Dad had his first chemo treatment. We were surprised that the oncologist, who was different from the oncologist we met with last week, recommended that he do doses of both gemcitabine and abraxane. Last week it was decided to only do the gemcitabine because Dad was already fatigued and his health, overall, is probably below average. However, the oncologist that we met with today offered to do both and Dad jumped on the chance to fight the cancer with all he has! He has lost 4 pounds in the last week but there is something in him that wants to give it all he has! We are so grateful for Dad's strength, courage and determination! 

The oncologist also recommended that Dad eat a lot of ice cream. He loves ice cream but hasn't eaten it much in the last few years. Today, he ordered strawberry ice cream for lunch and we stopped and picked up mini drumsticks on the way home! 

Today Dad, his kids and grandkids, were sporting Superman shirts that Kate and Matt put together for us. The back of Dad's says, "Team Captan" and everyone else's says, "Team Wyatt!" We certainly love our Dad/Grandpa and want to support him however we can!

We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you've shown our Dad! Please keep calling and visiting! It is likely that he will be more fatigued but we also know that Dad is like no other patient! If you need his landline number, please don't hesitate to call or text one of his kids for it. 

Here is some information on the chemo drugs they are giving Dad.

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

Today Dad took one step closer to starting his chemo treatment. He had a PET scan which will allow the oncologists to know the size of the tumor and gage the effect of the chemo treatments. That was the final piece of the puzzle that he needed to put together before beginning chemo. Dad is anxious to get started!

Dad was able to catch up with some friends and family when we were in North Platte today. He was in a lot of pain this morning but visiting with others who love him really brightened his spirits! We have been grateful for the generosity and love that has been poured out to Dad and our family! We cannot thank you all enough!

Please keep calling and visiting Dad! He doesn't always get great reception on his cell phone so he is putting his landline back in next week. If you would like his number, please text or call him or one of his kids! 

Journal entry by Sara Irvine

We want to first say thank you to all of the visits, calls and texts. Dad thoroughly enjoys hearing from everyone!

Today we met with an oncologist from North Platte that sees patients in Gothenburg. Dad will start chemo next week. Rather than doing the typical 2 types of chemo for pancreatic cancer, we are going to start with one and see how Dad tolerates it. 

The treatments are not going to cure the cancer. The goal is to slow the growth of the tumors, increasing Dad’s length and quality of life. 

Having you visit in person has had the greatest positive effect on Dad. We would appreciate having this continue. If this is not possible, phone calls are also good. 

Thank you all for your love, prayers and support!!

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

Happy Fourth Of July!
Dad was able to leave the hospital. He started his first day home enjoying pancakes from one of his many favorite chefs! We are hopeful that he is able to stay comfortable and gain strength and weight in anticipation of meeting with the oncologist next week. The one constant in Dads life right now is that hearing from people who care about him lifts his spirits and makes his day. Now that he is home, feel free to contact any of the kids if you need help finding him! 

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

Dad had a good day yesterday! His sister Pam visited, along with some of the great people of Gothenburg. Fr. Marty Egging, a good friend from the days Dad worked TECs (Teens Encounter Christ), drove from Grand Island on Friday. He said it was great to catch up with him and visit about some of the things of life!

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness of the nurses and hospital staff, along with the amazing community of Gothenburg. It is a community that rallies together in support and love of it's members! 

If you haven't had a chance to stop by or give Dad a call, we encourage you to do so! Finding a balance of medicine that keeps him comfortable but alert has been one of the challenges. What seems to brighten his day, almost without failure, is hearing from his family and friends!

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

Dad was pretty amused to find a diaper in the bathroom of his hospital room. It seems to be his mission each day to keep us and the hospital staff on our toes and laughing, so, he put the diaper on his head. He proudly wore his 'hat' while he roamed the halls of the hospital for his first PT session of the day. While he was gone for the second session, Addi and Ellie got their hands on it and added a touch of color. He very proudly shows it off for all of his should come check it out! =)

Journal entry by Roger Wyatt

As many of you know, Dad has a pretty rich history of medical complications. Back in 1996 he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. After beating the odds with that cancer, he was diagnosed and beat colorectal cancer in 1999. Since then, there have been a variety of infections and complications from those treatments. 

On May 20th of this year, Dad was transported to Methodist Hospital in Omaha because he was jaundice. It was discovered that he had a blockage in his bile duct. They were able to put a stint in his duct to open it, which allowed fluids to pass again. During that procedure, it was apparent that a tumor was causing the blockage. Eventually, Dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which has spread to his liver. 

We believe that Dad is Superman and has beaten the odds many times. We also know that the cure for pancreatic cancer hasn't been discovered yet. 

Dad is currently in the Gothenburg hospital and he he working on getting stronger so that, if his body is able, he can start chemo therapy. We don't know a timeframe for when that decision will be made so we are taking everything one day at a time. 

What we do know is that Dad LOVES hearing from people and he knows that prayer works! We ask that you keep Dad in your prayers and if you would like, he would love to hear from you! Phone calls, texts and emails are great. If you are in the Gothenburg area, he would love it if you stopped by! 

If you're wondering if you should wait to get a hold of him, we would recommend sooner rather than later. Pancreatic cancer is pretty nasty so taking advantage of the days that he is up for visitors, calls, etc. is probably best. Right now he seems to be up for all of that!

We will post updates and pictures of visitors as we have them! Please know that we appreciate your prayers and care for Dad more than we can express!
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