Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Lance Miller update March 1, 2016
Once again I come to bring an update of Lance Miller, and have to start with saying that Lance is back in the hospital again. I hate saying that he is basically back dealing with the same thing that put him in ICU on September 1st, 2015 - 6 months go today but that is pretty much exactly where he is.
I talked to Lance 2 weeks ago on Valentine's Day and things seemed to be gong really well. He was happily ensconced in a Motel with our brother, Brett and Brett's wife. They had gone to an evening Church service, and to the beach and to a Horse race and shopping for a jacket because Lance was too cold, not on the beach, but in Church.
I also talked to my Sister-in-law and she said Lance was getting a lot stronger, but still on a feeding tube and a catheter. Still sick but making progress.
Only five days later Lance was back in the hospital for a barium swallow test to see why he couldn't eat but could drink things like Ensure or juice. The barium test went OK, but once he was home he was violently ill, all night with the heaves but nothing in his stomach. A new Dr. said he might have a narrowing where his stomach entered the bowels and he does, and his pancreas was inflamed so he needed antibiotics, and still the urine leak, "Repaired" in September, is unhealed, as if it had just been done inside, only the skin healing. So the urine leak can be causing the pancreas inflation, and the stomach narrowing needs addressed but at the heart of the matter, most of ll he either needs the kidney bypassed of the leak repaired and that means more surgery. So tonight he heads to UVA hospital and the knowledge that every surgery impacts his blood pressure and breathing enough to put him in ICU. He still is having issues getting approved for medicare and his hospital bills are outrageous by now of course.
If that isn't enough, Brett's wife has been very sick too, and
mom's money is running out so they may need to bring her home to their house soon, but she is really difficult to care for too. Any positive thought, prayers or funny cards you care to send their way would be greatly appreciated I'm sure.
All the other details in life pale beside the fact that they are actually still together, still sounding cheerful and hopeful and not giving up.
Lance has a cell phone (540)-359-1413 and you can send cards and pictures and letters to him or to Mom at the same address
Lance Miller /PO box 865/ Middleburg, VA 20118