low ebb

Things aren't going as well as we thought with my dad.

My dad's remaining kidney is failing, and not likely to hold out much longer. Either someone fucked up or we're really fucking unlucky cos the reason his kidney's failing is possibly due to human error. We don't really know yet but now our main concern is just to get my dad healthy again.

Also, there's still a leak despite the stent, and there's still a risk of aneurysm. Because of the leak, the false lumen of his aorta is still being supplied with blood. The possible side effects of the surgery were paralysis, stroke and kidney failure due to a drop in blood supply from the false lumen. We thought that at least the risk of aneurysm was fixed, with no danger of paralysis and stroke. That getting kidney failure was just the least of all evils.

Instead what we've got instead is continued risk of aneurysm – albeit arrested to some degree – and total kidney failure. Attempts to plug the leak will still risk paralysis and stroke. He's actually kind of worse off than what he started with.

So now we're looking at long-term dialysis – thrice weekly sessions of some very painful 3 to 5 hours, costing up to around 3K per month. I guess I should be grateful he's still alive but it still looks pretty bleak.

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4 Responses to “low ebb”


  1. 1 avalon June 6, 2006 at 1:02

    Oh dear. I pray your dad gets better and over this critical illness. With God all things are possible.

  2. 2 airhole June 6, 2006 at 9:44

    ouch.

    bro, i dunno what to say, but i can only imagine.

    i can only offer prayers.

  3. 4 moby sky June 8, 2006 at 12:34

    just be there for him…i’m sure he appreciates everything that you all are doing for him…send him my most sincere regards…and take care of yourself too…catch up with you soon ok?


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