Many of you have asked how Fred is doing so I thought I would place periodic updates on this blog.
Last month, the doctors were able to figure out that the reason he is always sleeping is because he has developed narcolepsy. He is also having trouble breathing and the pulmonary specialist said he has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to the fact that his liver can't filter fluid or waste so it sits in his abdomen and causes his liver and spleen to enlarge and pushes the lungs up and backs into the blood vessels in the esophagus which causes difficulty breathing and swallowing. He continues to have short-term memory loss and confusion.
We continue to hope and pray that he will get a new liver sometime soon. We appreciate all the prayers, thoughts, and help you have given us. I especially want to give a very special thanks to three very special people and good friends, Jean Ahrens, Belinda Harris and Sally Snyder. Jean, Belinda and Sally are one of those special people that God places in your life to help you with your struggles and remind you that he has not forsaken you. Thanks for all that you do!
Please notice the message below: we have begun our fundraising to assist in Fred's medical bills. These two raffles are wonderful items and we hope to continue to do raffles with different items. We will also be doing special events like a pancake feed and chili feed. If you have any items you would like to donate for a raffle or if you have any ideas for future events, please let me know.
Remember to check out the raffles below.
Maria Medrano-Nehls (July 17, 2009)