Saturday, October 27, 2007

Update

Originally Posted on Sat, Oct 27 2007 @ 8:29 PM [EST]

Just an update on things. Well, dad hasn't gotten much better. He had to go back into the hospital again on Wednesday, Oct 17th. He wasn't able to stay awake for more than a few minutes at a time. They were thinking that his body wasn't processing his meds completely and things like his pain killers were building up. They discovered that his leukemia is back. It has been in remission for almost a year. He isn't able to be on his own right now so we were able to get him into a rehab center at a local nursing home. He wasn't happy about the idea but he understands. My place is VERY small; actually too small for my family and there isn't any place for another bed so I wasn't able to let him stay with me. It wasn't an easy thing to do. He will be starting chemo on Friday, Nov 2nd.

Now for the REALLY bad news. His leukemia is so bad that that he cannot even take all the chemo drugs he took last time. When his leukemia (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) was discovered in January 2006, they gave him three different drugs. The doctor was up front about it: "…if I treat your leukemia like I need to, it will kill you…" so if he gets the other two drugs, his body will not be able to handle it. They also have him on three different drugs to fight infections. And to quote the doctor again: "…if you get an infection right now, it will kill you…" Just so you know, my dad has gotten to know this doctor pretty well over the past couple years so the doctor knows that dad prefers he be straight forward about things. The doctor said that if there isn't an extreme improvement in his blood count numbers within the first 4 weeks of treatment, then he will not get better. I'm a realist so I'm hoping for the best but expecting the worse.

My dad was bummed for a little bit but he has come to terms with it. He is deciding now whether or not to sign a DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate). I'm pretty sure he is going to sign it and I support his decision. He knows that in his current physical condition, they will end up breaking ribs and possibly collapse one of his lungs which would lead to pneumonia. Since his body isn't able to heal, he knows that this would kill him. He already has a Living Will in place and I'm his Power of Attorney for both medical and financial. His Living Will just basically states that if his condition is terminal or if he is believed to be permanently unconscious then nothing is to be done to prolong his life (this includes nutrients and hydration unless he can eat or drink himself). All that can be done is to keep him comfortable.

My wife and I are the only ones in the family that know things are this bad. We (my dad, my wife and I) decided that it is best not to tell my brothers until we see how he responds to treatment. We feel there is no need to worry them until we know how things are going to go.

I think that is all for now. I ask that all of you keep my dad in your prayers. Be safe out there and keep the rubber on the road.

As always, I appreciate your comments and feel free to e-mail me at: truckin.tedybehr@gmail.com -TBB



Comments

I will keep your Father in my prayers. I don't know what to say but I am here for your support..VM-out!
Comment By: VM on Sun, Oct 28 2007 @ 1:57 AM [EST]

Thanks VM. No need to say anything. It is the thoughts that count not the words. I appreciate you very much.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sun, Oct 28 2007 @ 2:07 PM [EST]

I would say that I hope your Dad recovers soon, but from what you have said about him I just hope God comes to his aid so that he doesn't have to suffer too long. I recently lost my Dad to cancer and it was hard watching him suffer. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Comment By: Roadhzrd on Sun, Oct 28 2007 @ 5:02 PM [EST]

Thank you Roadhzrd. I've thought the same myself. I hope that he gets better and fast but if he does not, I hope he doesn't suffer. I appreciate you very much as well.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Sun, Oct 28 2007 @ 8:43 PM [EST]

TT, all of our prayers are going out to you.
Comment By: lenutt on Tue, Oct 30 2007 @ 7:49 PM [EST]

Thanks Lenutt. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated and you are greatly appreciated as well. Keep the rubber side down.
Comment By: Truckin Tedybehr on Wed, Oct 31 2007 @ 10:35 AM [EST]

Friday, October 5, 2007

Still Here

Originally Posted on Fri, Oct 05 2007 @ 4:21 PM [EST]

I'm still here. My dad has been having kidney problems (he has been back on dialysis for a couple weeks now) and last Thursday (09/28) we ended up taking him to the hospital because he was feeling really bad. Turns out he was EXTREMELY dehydrated and his blood pressure had dropped to 63 over 47. He ended up staying in the hospital until the following Monday afternoon. Of course, me being the good son that I am, I spent most of the weekend at the hospital with him and I've been over at his place every evening to make him dinner and make sure he has everything he needs. He is doing much better but we need to get his strength built back up and hopefully his kidney function will increase.

My dad is one of the reasons I've decided to not make any decisions regarding the trucking industry until sometime next summer. I may be a pessimistic, but with the problems dad has had the past few years, I really do not expect him to make it another year. I hope that I'm wrong.

OK … on to something trucking related.I will be heading out to another Transportation Job Fair & Truck Show. This one is being held by 'Tri-State Semi Driver Training, Inc'. Below is the info. If anyone is going to be at the show or in the area, let me know.


10/6/2007
Tri-State Semi Driver Training, Inc.
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Ending Time: 3:00 PM
Description: 2nd Annual Transportation Job Fair and Truck Show
Grand Event! 6690 Germantown Rd. (Rt. 4N), Middletown, OH 45042. TRUCKS,
CRUISE-IN, MUSIC, FOOD AND DOOR PRIZES! LIVE Remote with "Wild Walley" and the
Rebel 105.9. REGISTER to win 4 tickets to the Nextel Cup NASCAR Night Race at
Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC, on October 13th with hotel
accommodations. (Must be present at 1pm to win) BRING your hot rods old and new!
Dash magnets for the first 25 cars to arrive. Butler County Sheriff's Dept. K-9
Demonstrations. BLOOD Drive with the Community Blood Center 10am-1pm; please
call Tri-State to pre-register. ON-SITE hiring for experienced and
non-experienced Class "A" CDL Drivers by these major carriers: Averitt, Falcon,
NTB, PI&I, Prime, Roehl, Schneider, TMC, US Xpress, Waste Management and
Werner. Call 1-800-860-7364 for more details.

Comments

Amigo, my heart goes out to you. I hope that your dad's problems straighten out and everything goes well with him and you. Maybe this job fair will be much better than the last one. Hope your day goes better.
Comment By:lenutt on Sat, Oct 06 2007 @ 2:53 PM [EST]

I hope and pray also that your Father lives another 100 years..Maybe you should be looking at truck schools rather than trucking jobs..At least if you get your CDL on your own you can work local for a while..Just to give you a heads up even if you get a CDL and drive a garbage truck or a mixer that still counts with many companies as "Experience" because I had a year and a half in driving tractor trailers then I did 2 years driving a mixer before I got hired on again to drive tractor trailers again..Just letting you know..VM-out!
Comment By:VM on Sun, Oct 07 2007 @ 7:24 AM [EST]

Hey Waste Management might not be a bad gig of you want to be around the house..Don't knock hauling garbage they make pretty good coin..And like I said previously..experience there can get you what you want elsewhere if the road is calling your name again down the line..CDL experience is CDL experience to the insurance companies and that means if you put in a couple years hauling garbage for WM that still counts as "Experience" for getting a good job doing longhaul for someone else...Vm-out!
Comment By:VM on Sun, Oct 07 2007 @ 7:31 AM [EST]

Thanks guys. Things have still been pretty rough for dad. This job fair was much better than the last one. As soon as I can get a little time I will post some info. I really do appreciate you guys and thanks again.
Comment By:Truckin Tedybehr on Thu, Oct 11 2007 @ 10:19 PM [EST]