Monday, August 10, 2009

"He's Not Out Of The Woods Yet"

Clark returned to the operating room today so they could clean everything out, check that the liver is working properly, and change the dressing. Dr. Schwartz, the head surgeon, came to talk with us for the first time since the transplant and explained Clark’s current status. He said that the insides are still swollen but they were able to bring the muscles slightly closer together. They will go back to the operating room in a couple days to “get some more stuff closed up.” From every other stand point Clark is doing exceedingly well and the liver appears to be functioning properly. He said it took a couple licks when putting the liver in because it was a little older and its time out of the body was a little longer than they would have liked. Because of this, it will take the liver more time to recover. He feels that if they didn’t use this one, Clark may not have made it. It was the only organ they had at the time and it’s better than the one he had. He said they could have waited to see if another one would have come along but he didn’t think there would have been. There is a chance that Clark could potentially develop problems in the future but they will watch for that closely.

For now the liver is holding its own. Clark’s blood supply looks good which was the biggest concern. They continue to get rid of the extra fluid that has accumulated, which is normal at this point in the operation. Clark has developed a little bit of a fever so they are watching for signs of infection. Before they took him in for surgery, Clark was grabbing Dr. Schwartz’s hands and giving a strong handshake. He said that if Clark didn’t have a big hole in his belly you probably wouldn’t be able to tell he’d been through all this. He warned that it’s a marathon type experience, not a foot race or 40 yard dash. Everyone needs to prepare themselves for the long haul. Clark is making improvements day by day but he will probably be in the hospital for another 2 weeks. He will be waking this afternoon when the anesthesia wears off and will be back to the mental status he was at this morning. Dr Schwartz ended our consultation by saying, “All things considered, and given how borderline he was at the time of his transplant, we are very pleased with how well he’s doing but he’s not out of the woods yet.”

We’re excited to see and talk with him again. Even though some of this news makes us nervous, we will focus on all the positives, which are many!

8 comments:

Elliot said...

We're still praying for you Clark and family.

solumca said...

Hes a tough guy! Glad to hear things are good. And the prayers will keep coming!
-Cassie

Anonymous said...

I don't know Clark personally, but I went to school with Ryan. It sounds like Clark is a very strong and positive person...that is great. He obviously has a HUGE prayer circle going on from 12 different countries...WOW...AMAZING!!!! How comforting to know that SO many people are following this blog, he must be a very special person, and touched a lot of different people. I continue to follow this blog, I think and pray for Clark everyday, that he has a speedy recovery, and everything goes as planned. Good to know that he is following commands, and responding to all of you. I can't wait to read more about his progress in days to come. God Bless!

Sheri said...

Myls and Wyatt: Your Hy-Vee "family" is still thinking of you and wishing you all well. Everytime I'm in the store I get asked if I've heard anything from you. You have alot of people who care about you, Clark and your family. What a strong family Clark has in his corner. Still sending thoughts and prayers your way!

Susi said...

Heavenly Father, we bow before You again today in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Thank you, Father, for the miracle of prayers already answered. You have blessed this family with safe travel, a life sustaining organ and have guided the hands of the surgical team. For that, we praise your Name. You have encouraged us to ask for the desires of our heart, Lord. With that in mind, we ask you to reduce Clark's swelling and fever. Continue to heal this new liver and bring it to its full and complete function for years and years to come. Lord, touch Clark with your presence and reassure him that You are in control. Let him be patient with himself as he regains health and strength in the months to come. Remind us all that just as the healing comes from You...and so does the timetable. Forgive us, Lord, where we have faltered and fill us with the peace that surpasses all understanding. May our thoughts, words and actions bring glory to Your Name.

In Christ's precious name we unite in prayer, Amen.

Elizabeth Engel said...

Great to hear you're doing fine, Clark! I've been praying for you since I found out about your situation last week and told my parents who have also been praying for you. Keep up the strength! - Elizabeth Engel

Anonymous said...

I know you guys dont know me (sorry for blogstalking). This blog has been very touching some of my friends, family and I have gone to Red Cross to donate blood in Clark's name. I find myself sometimes crying with your entries. Keep fighting Clark many people that don't know you or your family have been praying for you.

Roxie said...

Clark, You are a marathon kind of guy, alays to tenacious and patient, strong and kind. You WILL
make it through this. In the mean time you are constantly in my prayers, Lance, Desiree, Josh and I are with you in thought every day. Love you guys