Monday, April 21, 2008

My Mom and Dad

So these past few weeks have been a little bit of a whirl Wind, sorry I haven't posted in a while, but I have been a bit of a mess. I found out a couple weeks ago that my Dad, Kent, has leukemia. He has the worst possible kind you can have. His odds of surviving it were not very good. He is currently in LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. He finished his 4th day of Chemotherapy today. I know he is putting on a happy face and trying to be positive, but I have seen glimpses of the pain he is going through and it breaks my heart. He was bleeding uncontrollably on Thursday and they couldn't get his blood to clot until Friday morning. We drove up to Utah Thursday and dropped the kids in St. George with their cousins. Then headed up to Salt Lake. The bleeding had stopped a couple hours before i got there so they were able to get him and his room cleaned back up. When I got there he had been wheeled out for a procedure. When they brought him down the hall, I lost it, he looked so different. I mean less than a month ago he was chasing my kids around, throwing them up on his shoulders and just completely healthy. He was wearing gloves, and gown and a mask as they wheeled his bed back into his room, he had IV's in each hand, several tubes coming out of his heart and his color was so ashy. He was still positive and strong, he was so weak though and kept falling asleep while we were there. They started the Chemo that day and the next day he looked like a different person, he had color back in his face and was sitting up and more alert. It is crazy what your body does when you have virtually no blood platelets. I am glad I didn't have my camera on Thursday when we went to the hospital, I never want to remember how sick and frail he looked that day. Here is a picture of him and my mom the following day! They look great in this one...

8 comments:

The McEwen Family said...

I'm so sorry Alison. I wish your family all the best. My prayer are with them and you all.

Angela said...

Oh Ali. That's so crazy! I'm sorry for you and your family. I'm glad you were able to visit them, and go to the temple. We'll pray for you guys. Let me know if you need anything, I know we don't live close by, but stil...

T is for Thompson said...

I am so sorry you and your family are having to go through this. It's amazing how fragile life is and it can so easily be uprooted. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Audycamp said...

I'm so sorry...My heart breaks for your Mom, Dad & your families..You all are so strong and I know can get through it! Best Wishes!

kristal said...

Ali, how are they? I was looking on here for updates. I hope things are ok.
And on a different note...you look hot in that temple picture!

Joy Rae said...

Alison, I am so sorry to hear about this. It is not fun seeing someone you love go through this. Ken had a cousin cancer to Leukemia, Lymphoma and it is hard to watch them go through all the pain of being sick. But, there are so many good medicines out there now, and I know your dad is in good hands! Please keep us udpated.

Harding Family said...

Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless the Men in our lives. Thank goodness for the gospel.

Tia said...

Oh Alison my heart is breaking right now for you, I am truly sorry. Again I have tears in my eyes. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.