Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Biggest Mountain Still to Climb

Good Evening Everyone,

Technically it is 12:11 AM and I am dutifully typing up the most difficult post I've had to write in quite a while. To begin with I would like to say that my dad is not doing well. At all... It never ceases to amaze me at how quickly things can change. After the benefit my dad starting feeling a bit more under the weather than usual. It got progressively worse until he was admitted back into the hospital this past Saturday (20th). He went in with a fever that spiked over 101 degrees. He has been down at Mayo ever since with these fevers, and severe nausea. He also hasn't been eating very well because of the nausea so his potassium levels are not doing great either. Besides these symptoms he is also having trouble with infusions of red blood cells and platelets. The doctors believe that because of numerous and frequent transfusions his body has developed antibodies to combat any blood or platelets they give him. This is not good. His life has been saved over and over by these transfusions and without them I don't care to think about what could happen. Another major issue, one that could also be linked to the blood products, is his insanely high fevers. This is mostly just a hypothesis given out by the head of the Oncology department at Mayo, but for now it is the only explanation we have.

As for my dads spirits, its challenging for me to put them into words. I know my dad very well and through this he has been relatively good at vocalizing his fears and his hope. As you can imagine though, the hospital turns even the most respectful and kind person into a bit of a grump.  That would be accurate in describing my dad right now. Things are very very serious and I personally think that he has every right to be mad at the situation. The only bright spot during this week was my dad's 51st birthday. Thank you to everyone who mailed him a card! It was so awesome to open the mail box and see it filled to the top with birthday wishes!

I will continue to keep you updated on this situation. I have to warn all of you that it could get progressively worse so any prayers, thoughts, or words of love you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. A big thank you to those of you who donate blood as well. You save lives every day. Remember to give someone you love a hug today.

Laura Katchmark

He always has and he always will...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Heartfelt Thank you

Good Afternoon Everyone, 

Sometimes I start out a blog post by saying, “where do I begin?”, but today I know exactly where to start! Wow! What a fabulous party this past Sunday was! I was simply thrilled to see and meet everyone, and to see my family so happy! My dad keeps walking around the house saying how blessed his is to have so many people in his life who are so incredibly supportive.  He loved seeing familiar faces, and meeting people who were complete strangers. It was a truly humbling experience and I will remember it for the rest of my life.
To make this benefit happen, many hours of hard work had to be dedicated and I’d like to recognize and thank some of the people who really outdid themselves. Firstly, I would like to thank my dad’s siblings (and families) and my grandma. Uncle Dean, uncle Kevin, uncle Steve, uncle John, aunt Brenda, aunt Cheryl, and my grandma Bena. These people took on the responsibility of planning, collected donations, and ultimately put together absolutely everything! Throughout the entire benefit, they worked the different tables, and made the event flow smoothly. I would also like to thank everyone who donated something for the silent auction or for the bake sale. Both events were extremely successful. Finally, I would like to thank everyone who came, donated money, or sent their thoughts our way. I am so grateful to all of you. The burden of paying for medical bills, and gas (especially) was greatly eased. All that is left is for my dad to get well!

Again, we are so humbled, so grateful, and so touched that so many people care about what my family is going through. It was such a good day and hopefully we can celebrate my dad’s recovery all together sometime soon. Thank you. 

Laura Katchmark