Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day 1 at MD Anderson

Where do I start, we have had a very eventful day that has yet to end. I think Houston would be a nice place to visit for any other reason but if you ever needed a specialty hospital, this would be the place to come. It is a beautiful city and the weather has been great but that's about as much good as we have had.

The day started out really well, we made it to our appointment, figured out where we were going. Within a couple of hours we were able to see the doctor. The news was not what we had hoped but not all bad. Apparently having the prostate cancer (although gone now) has now made him ineligible for any clinical trials, this was the same reason a liver transplant was not an option. The doctor did offer the possibility of another treatment that could help relive the pressure on a large major vein. Of course more testing and a team of specialist would be needed to make the final decision. This leaves us in limbo again. More test were scheduled for tomorrow and we were hopeful for an answer by Wednesday. 

We finally made it back to our hotel and decided to order some food, going out to eat is just not an option and neither is fast food. We had our order called in to restaurant #1 and Becky and I were on our way but never made it there due to a traffic gridlock caused by a wreck that had closed the interstate. Then we found and navigated to restaurant #2 only to have to cancel that order because we needed to bring dad back to the hospital. 

After reviewing his lab work the doctor decided that he needed to be admitted for observation to find out why is lab work is off. So after a busy and frustrating day we are back to where we started, waiting on test, waiting on information, needing comfort and relief from very many symptoms that I don't mention in my post.

Please continue to pray.

15 comments:

  1. Hang in there. There are so many people with you.

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  2. You are all in our prayers. I believe we serve a God Who is still in the miracle business, a God Who has our future secure in the palm of His hands, a God Who has a perfect plan for us all, and a God Who will never leave nor forsake us no matter what our situation or circumstance. I love you Billy, and along with you, I trust the Lord for your every tomorrow! - Johnny

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    1. Thanks Johnny, Dad and I are sitting here reading over the comments from the last couple of days, he is really sleepy but I keep waking him up to eat and drink some fluids. He says hi and thank you for praying for him and keeping him positive!

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  3. Billy we are saying prayers every night with the kids for you and your family! We love you so much and your family! Hang in there!

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  4. I'm so sorry for all of your problems on the first day and am praying for today to be much better. I pray that God leads these wonderful Doctors to the best treatment possible for your Daddy. You are all in my prayers and I love you all <3

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  5. Praying for each of You daily! Fight this thing Billy, as Hop would say Dig, Dig, Dig!!! phil

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    1. Had a better day today we have been staying after him.

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  6. Good luck to Billy and family! I am sure you guys are searched the country for a place that can help Mr. Standridge. If you have not checked into the University of Cincinnati .. it may be worth it. I know for a long time ... they were doing Extended Criteria Transplants (My Father had one in 2003 ... still kicking and wilder than ever!). Dr. Steven Rudich may be someone who can help. (One of the premier transplant surgeons in the country--once he completed the entire list of "potential" liver transplants at UC ... I believe that he moved to a hospital in Dayton, OH to do some type of trauma surgery. He is a great guy .. and would most like look for doorways as opposed to dead-ends). Good luck!!!!!

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  7. Billy, Today was not the news I wanted to read on Jayski. With tears in my eyes, I am responding at my computer desk surrounding by memorabilia of our friendship and travels together on the race circuit that began in 1998.

    You opened the door to my son Barry and I to a lifetime of experience in the Nascar garage. To are a true Gentleman and one of the finest examples of what is meant by Nascar being a family.

    Prayers work and Good Things do happen like the races in 98 at Daytona and Talladega.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers every day.

    Gary Buchan

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