Archive for October, 2006

October 14, 2006

Friday Night In Possum Kingdom………….

Well all I can figure is Claire must be getting old, cause here we are sitting at home with warm ups on and talking about how cold it is getting outside. That should be enough said to get me put out in the cold, when she reads this, of course she did go to Palmetto.

On to conversations with MUSC, I spoke with them today and they have received my blood work results. My MELD score now is 19 and they have reactivated me on the list. They said that my score was high enough to put me at the top, now that’s not to say # 1 or # 2 or any number, they just said that put me at the top, and there are other folks listed on the O blood type list also. In case I have not explained this before there is a lot of factors that come into play when the candidate is chosen for the transplant. First of all who ever is the sickest at the time, MELD score the highest. Then there is other factor that is taken into account, some that have been explained to me but my simple mind just did not grasp, therefore I can not repeat. One factor I do remember, just as the county song says size matters. Yelp who would have guessed, livers don’t come in one size fits all.

Some folks have been asking how I have been feeling since I got out of the hospital. The ole infected leg is a thing of the past according to the blood work. I have over all not felt great; I am back to the feeling of a bullfrog on steroids. I know that retaining fluid is a part of the big picture but it sure isn’t any fun. One thing is since I have lost the weight that I needed to, now I feel like a fat man again who only wants to wear sweat pants and slip on shoes.

Now on to other comments; I hope every one has had a safe and happy fire prevention week. To my brothers and sisters in the fire service I know that every week is fire prevention week and most of all the ones you can’t prevent be sure you are safe and walk away knowing you did your best and you kicked the dragon’s butt.
To my brothers and sisters in the SCIAAI , NCIAAI & IAAI and any other arson investigators headed down to Myrtle Beach to the joint conference, first of all I hope each of you know how much you mean to me and my family and how much I miss being with you at the conference. I hope you have a week of wonderful weather, training and fellowship. Train hard and learn much because the maggots and mini-maggots are training and learning to try to outsmart you. Maybe before the conference is over I will be sending you news that I am headed to Charleston, but if it’s not God’s will that will be OK also. Thank each of you for your prayers, cards, phone calls and donations for my family and I, we thank you and love you more that you will ever know.

God Bless You All,
The Medlocks

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October 11, 2006

Just In Case You Were Wondering !!!!!

Yep, I can still type, maybe not spell and I am still around to harass everybody. I just wanted to take a quick moment and thank each of you for your prayers, phone calls, cards, flowers and even the lemons. I enjoyed them all.

The meds the doc sent me home sure has been rough on my stomach, but I will be finished tomorrow.

I am headed to AnMed right now to have blood drawn for Charleston so they can place me back active on the list and fresh blood work will allow them to figure my meld score so they will know were to place me on the list. When I went in the hospital my MELD score was 22 but MUSC said that was because of the infection.

Well I must go now, but will make other comments later.

Remember Fire Prevention and smoke detectors saves lives, please practice and check your smoke detectors and your neighbor’s (EDITH – Exit Drill In The Home) and be sure they have a smoke detector and that it works.

God Bless Each One Of You,
Pel

October 11, 2006

Just In Case You Were Wondering !!!!!

Yep, I can still type, maybe not spell and I am still around to harass everybody. I just wanted to take a quick moment and thank each of you for your prayers, phone calls, cards, flowers and even the lemons. I enjoyed them all.

The meds the doc sent me home sure has been rough on my stomach, but I will be finished tomorrow.

I am headed to AnMed right now to have blood drawn for Charleston so they can place me back active on the list and fresh blood work will allow them to figure my meld score so they will know were to place me on the list. When I went in the hospital my MELD score was 22 but MUSC said that was because of the infection.

Well I must go now, but will make other comments later.

Remember Fire Prevention and smoke detectors saves lives, please practice and check your smoke detectors and your neighbor’s (EDITH – Exit Drill In The Home) and be sure they have a smoke detector and that it works.

God Bless Each One Of You,
Pel

October 7, 2006

Long Week

Well Daddy is back home now, he got home yesterday about 4 pm. He had a very rough night last night, he felt very bad all evening. He is still taking anitbiotics by mouth to get his leg back how it was. He is feeling some better today, not completly better but still better. But he is glad to be home, and out of the hospital.

October 5, 2006

October 5, 2006

Well as it stands right now, Pel will be coming home tomorrow from AnMed. He will continue on oral antibiotics for a while. The Doc doesn’t want to overwhelm his system with too many antibiotics in fear he will become immune to them and when needed with the liver transplant they won’t be effective and if he gets infected then, that would be the grandaddy of all infections, let me tell you! So trying to find that magic day of when to continue or stop the antibiotic is up to the Doc, that what he makes the big bucks for! Ha, Our family sure does miss Pel when he is not here. Our horse, Spirit, misses him too, cause Pel feeds him a scoop more than I do and if you ever have a horse to founder, you learn your lesson about feeding too much. Hope you all have a blessed day. Hopefully Pel will be here to drop you a line tomorrow.

God Bless,
Claire

October 5, 2006

update oct.4.2006

Just an update on Pelham. His leg is improving, still receiving IV antibiotics. He had to have a central line inserted today secondary to his veins are really bad now, but his spirits are good and he is very eager to recover from this infection so he can resume his active status on the tranplant list having to put him on “hold” until he is completely free of infection before he has surgery. Pel sends his love to you all and thanks again.

God Bless,
Claire

October 2, 2006

Update:

As an update to the post below, Daddy is in the hospital for his leg. He is in room 693 at Anderson. Again please just keep him in your prayers. Sorry this is short, just wanted to let everyone know.

October 2, 2006

Quick Update –

Well I don’t want to wine but several people have told me to put on here when I have bad days as well. So I am doing this quick update to say that I had a very unconfortable weekend. I have been cold all weekend, but did not appear to be runing a fever.

On Sunday I really felt bad and around 1800hrs my left leg started hurting, just like it did the last time. My leg then began to run a fever, turn red with red streaks and beginning to swell.

So this morning I am headed to Anderson, either to the doctor’s office or to the hospital.

I hope each of you have a wonderful day.

God Bless You,

Pel