November 24, 2004
Thanks for The Prayers
Unfortunately, nothing short of a miracle will help my FIL. We are praying for a miracle.

I will update after we know more about his long-term prognosis...

UPDATE 11/24/04:

Well, after many tests and evaluations, my Father-in-Law has a prognosis. It isn't a very good one, but at least they aren't talking timelines or anything like that yet. It appears that his heart damage is caused by the chemotherapy drugs he had over 17 years ago. The report from his catheterization showed "severe heart damage". They have told him not to drink more than one liter of fluid per day - this includes eating watery foods like fruit and soup. Absolutely no salt/sodium. And now he has a number of medications to keep his heart rate down, the fluid off, and some other stuff as well. They are hoping that if he loses about 20 pounds (without exercising, which could stress his heart too much) and is strict about his diet and fluids plus resting a lot, with the medication he can live indefinitely (comparitively speaking) with this condition.

We are all praying for a miracle, though.

God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving.

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