PACINI'S 1999-2002

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you all for your love, prayers, faith, support and encouragement, etc. etc.

The last 10 days has been a life time worth of learning experiences. I apologize for not providing an update sooner, I just thought Cam’s challenges would at least level out by now, but they just went into hyper drive. I will try to give you a brief overview.

To start with, the last 4 days (Sat. through now) – Saturday, Cam was receiving IV therapy when he went into severe cramps in his rib cage that sent him to the hospital by ambulance. He had contracted pneumonia and pleurisies. Two hospitals ER’s later lasting through the night we arrived back at therapy Sunday to keep Cam’s homeostasis and immunity system stable. Sunday evening Cam started to internally bleed, back to another hospital ER for a blood transfusion through the night. Monday morning from ER to IV therapy and by 3 p.m. Cam’s feeding tube (GJ – Gastric Jejunum) had stopped working and his abdominal cavity started to fill with fluids that then started to run around the outside of his GJ tube at a rate of soaking up hand towels every couple of minutes. Sunday night Cam was taken ambulatory to the hospital to find out what was happening. After four scans through the night it was determined that the staples attaching his stomach to his abdominal wall had come undone causing his stomach to dump the acids directly into his abdomen, mixed with the ascites that was already “weeping” from his organs and vessels. A few hours ago a new GJ tube was successfully placed and the immediate problem is over.

Now the fight is on with the infection in his abdomen, along with his pneumonia, pleurisies and oh yeah, some cancer.

Cam’s “normal” day is 7-11. Includes IV therapy, paracentesis, thoracentesis, TPN, Antibiotics, homeopathic protocols, IHC home care protocols, etc. etc. I can’t keep Cam’s pace and yet he faces each day with termination, fortitude and an optimistic attitude.

Cam has been faced with several Goliaths and yet each time one comes the Lord places in his sling a little pebble that slays that Goliath. Each time someone turns us away, or can’t find an answer, we are shown another door to go through that contains the answer to the immediate situation.

I could back up and tell you more that happened just prior to the last 72 hours, but I am getting windy and Cam says that I should be done by now.

The bottom line is that we are strengthened each time Cam faces his opponents and rejoice in each day we have with him. These last 10 days have been the most difficult, yet the most sacred and precious that we have ever had and we are pretty sure there are many more ahead. We hope to be learning from this privileged circumstance our family has been provided. Our children have been incredible in ways that are so tender and so needed. Cam teaches us lessons each day. We are humbled by your service and generosities. Time has warped into a moment by moment, hour by hour trek. We don’t know how long it will last, but we do know that we are sustained by our All Knowing Creator and His Will is what matters and it nets down to what He has in mind for Cam. It’s between Cam and Him. We give all the credit to the God’s mercy and grace for allowing us to have the joy of being with Cam. Together We CAM!

With deep appreciation,

Dave, Paula, Cam and Family

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