Monday, March 21, 2011

3 year anniversary of sorts...

Good or bad, on Conner's b-day I always remember an anniversary of sorts regarding Geoff's liver. 3 years ago (approximately) I was being induced @ 38 weeks pregnant "just in case" Geoff was headed into the hospital for his second liver transplant.

Although the transplant never happened, I will always remember that time in our lives. I/we are still very grateful for the miracle that my family witnessed.

It's hard to believe we entered that journey 3 years much has happened since then. The Dunkle family is in a different place these days. A work-in-progress.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Big H

And no, Geoff is not having a hysterectomy, but he is having his hernia fixed.

After all of the surgeries in the past couple of years this is something Geoff has put off for quite some time. It can no longer be put off because the thing is getting huge. He's actually quite excited. He continues to refer to it as a "free tummy tuck".

The surgery is scheduled for Dec. 21st and he will not be able to lift anything for 6 weeks. Sound familiar? Last year on Dec. 21st I was having a surgery too, where I couldn't lift anything for 6 weeks either. Let's just hope Geoff does not come out with the same results. We only need one pair in the family.

I'll be sure to post pictures of the before and after. :)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Happy 11 years you freakin' cat!

I'm tellin' ya, he's the cat with 9 lives.
Happy 11th Liversary Geoff!
He's never been healthier.
In honor of this day, I will have a drink for you. And I only say that because your transplant was not because of alcohol, but if it was then that would be really mean.

Monday, June 28, 2010

He's like a cat with 9 lives

Go figure...almost 18 months later he is healthy. It's so unbelievable and we are so grateful. I'm pretty sure it had something to do with the 47 bottles of wine I drank over the last 18 months. Or maybe it was these 2 things we call kids that played a part in it? Who the hell cares where it came from, right? He's healthy, happy, and deserves it.

If anyone wants to spend the night at the Dunkle Miracle house of love....c'mon over your room is ready.

I know we're kinda tappin' out on the miracles over here, but I'm pushin' for just one more. I would like to have a built-in skinny girl margarita machine just appear in the kitchen one day for me and all my peeps.

Here's to another miraculous 18 months.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Testing Day #2

I'll make this short and sweet....he's least health-wise :)
All of his liver biopsies looked normal, kidneys looked like they had improved, and blood flow to the liver looked MUCH better.
As always, we asked for some grand explanation. The response was the same sometimes this just happens...
He stays on the list because the doctors see no harm in it and it can always be his "safety net" just in case anything were to ever start to go wrong again.
So, here's to another 10 years!

Monday, September 14, 2009

10 year check-up

Today Geoff began his 2-day testing for his 10 year anniversary check-up at the hospital. Today was the more evasive day of the two. They made an incision in his neck (AHHHHHH!!!) to somehow end up with 4 liver samples.

Tomorrow he will receive preliminary test results from the biopsies along with bloodwork, an ultrasound, a kidney test, and a visit with the transplant team to hopefully discuss results.

Some thoughts I am having:
  • Yeah for 10 years
  • I wonder what my liver looks like
  • Here we go again
  • Those damn kidneys better cooperate
  • The word jugular makes me ill
  • I wonder if the doctors will have a better indication of the future
  • I wonder if Geoff will show them a picture of the liver cake
  • I wonder how many people make it to 10 years with a liver transplant

To be continued...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

You are number....

75 on the list.....

yeah, not joking. They called Geoff the other day to give him a status update. Um, thanks. So he was at #1 and #2 FOREVER and was never transplanted and now #75. Good thing he's healthy right now otherwise we would be in a lot of trouble.