Archive for August, 2006

August 29, 2006

One Year Ago Today, Do you remember?

For most of us it was a normal day, except that we were watching the storm on TV as it was hammering the Gulf of Mexico. I also remember that I was a little tired but just figured it was the hours I was putting in a day, at the office, on the farm and around the house. I even told people that I was just trying to get some attention, I really wasn’t. You know being married to a nurse in the ER your little aches and pains ain’t nothing compared to what she has experienced in an 8 to 12 hour shift. Now if something is wrong she will be the first to start nursing me back to health, but the whinnying to get attention won’t work with a nurse.

Well come November 2006 after a whole lot of testing was when I was diagnosed with liver trouble. Wow that was the last thing I could have came up with! The doctor had told me for some time that I had a fatty liver, that didn’t surprise me due to the fact that I had fat every where else. The doctor then told me that a whole lot of people had fat in their liver. People over weight, perfect weight, and below weight. This usually don’t cause a problem, but in a small percentage of people it does cause the liver to be damaged.

In my family history there is a gene that a lot of the family has or is a carrier of the gene, which causes damage. In my case I have been test since I started going to Charleston, MUSC and I don’t have the gene. The doctors also questioned my job, but I could not give them any specific chemical I had been exposed to, and I told them that was about 25 years of fire. They told me that they had no data on Arson Investigators.

If I could spread two words to every one out there, be tested for the gene and if you are in a hazardous environment protect yourself, skin and lungs. I am now trying to echo what Lt. Doug Ross has been teaching about exposure, there is no need to risk your health for an investigation. Dead or sick heros can’t save any more lives!

God Bless You & Keep Safe,

Lightning

August 28, 2006

Well it is Sunday evening, and we still have not heard anything from Charleston, but still look for it to be soon. Daddy hasn’t been sleeping much at all the past few weeks and it is starting to catch up with him, along with all the same aches and pains, but besides that about the same. We are all so gracious of all the thoughts and prayers that everyone has give, and hope that you will continue to give.

August 19, 2006

Friday Night Update


Well it has been a week now and I sure can tell you the ringing of the phone sure can make a fellow move fast or in my case wobble fast. I use to think I wobbled fast when the fire phone rang, but you let the phone ring and I wobble fast until I see if it is a state number from Charleston. One thing is for sure all will happen in God’s time not ours, and I thank God for that.

I have had a pretty good week but it has been like the ones in the past good and bad times.

Well as you know it is now that time of year for the kids to go back to school and Justin has been working so hard around here and yet getting things ready for his new apartment at school. Claire has also taken on new task around the house and when she gets home from work she not only checks to see what I need but she does the outside work before it gets dark, then comes in and does all the wife and mother things inside.

I have said in the past there is a lot of things that are hard to deal with when you just don’t feel good. The one thing that has been the hardest for me is having to let other people do things for me. I sure am blessed with a wonderful family and friends who will just jump in there and do what needs to be done, but I still have a hard time just sitting back and watching.

Oh well enough of my winning, God is good all the time to each and every one of us, so I have learned to set back enjoy the moment, oh as Claire would say I have learned to savor the moment.

The spell checker said I spelled everything right, but I don’t beleive it, so if something is wrong it’s not my fault.

God Bless You and Thank You Everyone,

Good Night,

Pel

August 18, 2006

Hello
This is your sister, it is past my bedtime but I am trying to get this modern equipment to work and I think I have done it. I hope you sleep well tonight. I love you.

August 16, 2006

Hey youngin’ just learming my way around this thing. How are ya today?

August 15, 2006
God Has & Will Bless Us All

August 15, 2006
Welcome Audio From Lightning

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August 15, 2006

Liver Transplant Listing

MUSC Liver Transplant Coordinator called me on Friday Morning and stated that I had been placed on the list and that due to my blood type O+ and my MELD score of 19 that placed me at the top of the list. They have put me at # 1 or # 2 on the list, the transplant team feels it will be soon when they call me.

I would like to first of all Thank God for all that he has done in my life and my family’s life and all that he is going to do. Second I want to thank my family and friends for being there for me and helping me through this whole process. Third I would like to thank each and every one that has lifted up a prayer for me and my family and please keep those prayers flowing. Fourth I would like to thank each and every person that has contributed to my assistance in any way, from financially to planning and processing benefits, blood drives web-sites and all the other ways people have helped us. I did not ever think I could be a lost for words but all of you have done it to me, just saying Thank You would never come close to show you how my family & I really feel.

When they do call us to come to Charleston my family may not be able to post updates due to the lack of internet access, so please check back here often and they will be placing an audio on the blog instead of verbiage, when internet service is not available.

We hope this will keep you informed, as my family may forget to call someone.

God Bless You All & Be Careful

Pel (Lightning)

August 14, 2006

Welcome To Pelham Medlock’s Website…

This site has been created for Pelham Medlock and his family and friends. Pelham will use this site to give personal updates on his progress before, during, and after his liver transplant by using this site as a personal blog or by posting audio messages here. He will also be able to view messages, pictures, and well wishes from his family and friends. Our hope is that this interaction will allow Pelham to stay in touch with those he loves as well as provide all of his family and friends with accurate and up-to-date accounts on his progress.

We will also use this site to get word out concerning fund raising events. Help us spread the word about the activities that are being planned. Invite your friends and family members to get involved. Check this site weekly and help us raise the funds necessary so that Pelham and his family will not have the additional stress of medical bills.

Good luck Pel!!!