PACINI'S 1999-2002

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Dear Family and Friends,

Cam continues to climb his Mount Everest, sometimes facing sheer rock faces with no apparent way to move forward and yet other times he is provided a reprieve. As he puts one foot in front of the other, he has the strength of so many of you supporting his back side and praying to keep the multitude of foes that are attacking his body and spirit at bay, but most importantly he has his Infinite Partner, Jesus Christ, walking along side him, carrying his burden, giving him encouragement and enabling Cam beyond our mortal comprehension.

This week Cam faced a few new “rock faces” by losing his Grandfather, Kay Williams, (Cam’s the oldest Grandson) on Monday to a Cardiac Arrest due to a massive staff infection. He left quickly and with little suffering. Cam’s Grandpa would have been the first one to volunteer to move from this mortality to the next estate in order to help Cam in any way that we don’t understand, yet we certainly feel.

Wednesday morning Cam had another “rock face” to conquer as his heart rate soared to 191 and his oxygen dropped to the high 70’s in a matter of minutes. We are grateful for the speed of the paramedics in arriving at our home. While Cam was in the hospital some very positive things happened. Before anything was administered in ER, his temperature started to fall and he became stabilized. Cam’s chest catheter in his left side was removed and a new catheter was placed in his right side where fluid had built up suppressing his lung from expanding.

Cam was diagnosed once again with multiple high grade infections in his blood, in his old “pick line” and in his pleural cavity. Thus, a new double lumen pick line was placed in his right arm. Cam’s said that he is going for the record of the most tubes hanging out his body. The next morning Cam’s stomach “G Tube” had a smaller “J tube” inserted that runs through the G tube, but instead of stopping at the stomach wall, it runs down approximately 6 inches in the small intestine. This will allow Cam to try and hold down some juices through this new J tube, without immediately hitting his stomach and then being rejected back up and out his mouth. Cam continues to receive the majority of his caloric intake through his veins called (TPN) Total Parenteral Nutrition and when continues to go to daily immune strengthening therapy….when he isn’t in the hospital.

While receiving the J tube, new pictures of his stomach were taken of the bottom of the esophagus and bottom of the stomach showing more “normal” tissue being formed. We give all the credit to a Merciful God of Miracles for any and all improvements.

Each day that Cam is with us is nothing short of a miracle. It is a sacred and a holy experience for us to participate in his trek and continue to have confidence in his full recovery and are behaving as if he is already healed and have no doubt that he will be according to the Lord’s time table. Yet we remain watchful and provide around the clock care because at any moment, Cam’s body can surprise us and we can have another adventure.

Cam turned 25 today and we are particularly grateful that he has made it to this milestone and know that he will make it to many more.

What a journey….One that we would not wish upon anyone and yet would not trade for.

Humbly and Gratefully,

Dave, Paula, Cam and Family

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