|In his hand are all the corners of the earth|
Jere Wolf (Melanie Zimmer’s dad) was put into ICU the afternoon of 20 April 2014 (Easter) with Congestive Heart Failure and a blocked aortic valve. Mel writes: Sunday afternoon, they released Dad out of ICU and into a tiny HOT little room he shares with another guy at present. His cardiologist and his partner have both been in to check on Dad and agree that for the present, Dad is holding steady with his aortic valve still between .8 and .9 blocked off, but they do not feel at this time he needs a valve replacement, which is good as the only approved method would be through the unpleasant "Chest Cracking" and at this point he is nowhere strong enough to withstand that. They also stated that even though they removed a full liter of fluid out of his left lung, his CHF is not better, if anything it is getting worse. It will take a solid 6 weeks for his pneumonia to clear. His white count is rising, but they are keeping him on IV antibiotics. There is still fluid building up in his lungs, but they have chosen at this time to try to clear it via medication, but is off the Lasix and on his normal Bumex as it has been very rough on his only kidney. Although he is down 1.6 units of blood again, (now at 10) we were told that the kidneys trigger the production of the red blood cells, and that with the kidney under the kind of stress it has been over these past 11 days, that could/should account for the count going down. He is not eating enough to keep a bird alive and to get some idea of what I mean, since he has been in the hospital, he has maybe eaten the combined total of a Big Mac Meal and perhaps not the super sized one. Based on this and having no energy at all, they are administering nutrients through the central line in his chest, (through the jugular vein) it is a thin clear fluid instead of the thicker white stuff that goes in normally via IV in the arm. They got him up for a second attempt to walk, but he was only able to stand up and march in place just small steps. He wants to be able to get out of that place. Mom is being very strong and Cindy & I are doing our best but tonight I was a sticky chocolate mess. I waited until I got out of his room, but it is very hard to see my Dad in his present condition. He is very weak. We are asking that you pray for him to gain strength, and personally for me to be strong enough to be supportive to Mom. Though small in stature, my Dad has always been a strong gentle giant in my eyes. I hope to have more positive news in my next update. We do so appreciate all of the outpouring of love and support you have all given us.
May God continue to bless each of your lives, Molly (another name for Mel)
Please pray for Jere and family to keep their faith strong in the Lord, as well as for guidance for the medical team treating him.