UPDATED: Prayers for Labgrade's son...


December 27, 2002, 03:12 AM
Hello, High Roadsters. I received a telephone message this evening that our colleague Labgrade's stepson is being admitted to hospital for a very major - and very risky - surgical procedure. I won't give further details at this time (that's for Labgrade to do if he sees fit), but the surgery is probably under way as I write this. Labgrade has asked for our prayers for his stepson, and I think we should also include his stepson's wife and their children, Labgrade and his wife, and their extended family. This is very much a life-threatening situation, so please put your praying hats on! Thanks to all of you on behalf of Labgrade and all the family members involved.

UPDATE - 3 P.M. CENTRAL, 12/27/02:

I spoke with Labgrade this afternoon. He informs me (and has authorized me to tell all of you) that his stepson underwent a heart transplant this morning. All your prayers must be working - the doctors say it went very well indeed, as well as can possibly be expected under the circumstances. His stepson is now resting, and has seen his wife and mother. Labgrade and his wife haven't had any sleep since yesterday, and will be trying to get some this afternoon. He says he will get on-line as soon as he's able and post his own message and update. He asked me to thank you all VERY MUCH for your prayers, and says please don't stop! This is a long-term recovery that will need ongoing attention.

Please also remember that for Labgrade's stepson to receive this heart, another person had to die... There's a family somewhere out there mourning their loss. Please keep them in your prayers as well.

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December 27, 2002, 03:13 AM

December 27, 2002, 03:21 AM
Been praying for him for awhile now. Glad the surgery is finally here, after the waiting. Hope all is well...

Thanks for passing the word along.


Pray, and let God worry. -- Martin Luther

December 27, 2002, 03:41 AM
Labgrade,your stepson and your entire family will be in my prayers..

Thankyou Father for keeping us informed.


December 27, 2002, 04:06 AM
We pray for success and healing.


Dave McCracken
December 27, 2002, 04:38 AM
Prayers sent, more to follow...

December 27, 2002, 06:58 AM
Another family in the circle.

(Even resorting to crossed fingers!)

December 27, 2002, 08:02 AM
He has mine. Hope all goes well.

December 27, 2002, 08:11 AM
Hope all goes well.

December 27, 2002, 09:38 AM
May God's Will Be Done....I John 5:14-15

Jeff White
December 27, 2002, 10:10 AM
Still praying for him...

Jeff, Mary, Jeff Jr., Mark and James

deputy tom
December 27, 2002, 10:13 AM

December 27, 2002, 10:15 AM
Prayers sent, thanks for the heads up Preacherman!

December 27, 2002, 10:33 AM

December 27, 2002, 10:51 AM
Speedy recovery!

December 27, 2002, 11:09 AM
I'm in.

Steve Smith
December 27, 2002, 11:25 AM
He's got 'em!

December 27, 2002, 11:57 AM
I hope everything turns out alright.

Prayers sent.


December 27, 2002, 12:07 PM
Will do hope all goes well !

December 27, 2002, 12:19 PM
and many more to come!

December 27, 2002, 12:22 PM
Sent one off to St. Raphael...

Hope for the best.


December 27, 2002, 12:51 PM
May God hold his hand.

December 27, 2002, 01:07 PM
Done. And some more for a speedy recovery and peace of mind for the whole family.

Ala Dan
December 27, 2002, 01:30 PM
Att: Labgrade-

My thought's and prayer's are with you and your family
as we speak. I'm a little late getting on-line this A.M.
but very sorry to learn of this news. I hope everything
works out well; and that the family receives some very
good news soon! Trust in the good works of the LORD;
he is great, my friend!

May GOD bless each of you, and keep you all safe-
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

December 27, 2002, 01:48 PM
Sure I'll include him in my Mincha and Maariv prayers tonight along with another TFL, um, Highroad member I put in my prayers 3x a day.

Felonious Monk
December 27, 2002, 01:48 PM
Prayers sent up for the young fella.
And also for a speedy recovery and peace and comfort beyond all understanding...

December 27, 2002, 01:53 PM
And from us, as well.

Calamity Jane
December 27, 2002, 01:56 PM
Sending my thoughts and prayers to Labgrade's stepson. May God bless and keep his family.

December 27, 2002, 02:42 PM
Yes, and continuing...

December 27, 2002, 02:42 PM
Prayers for a successful operation and a quick recovery.

"Where there is great love, there are always miracles." - Willa Cather

Jim V
December 27, 2002, 03:16 PM
Dear Lord, help Labgrade's stepson through his operation, and be with the family at this time and give them peace.


Neal Bloom
December 27, 2002, 03:40 PM
Labgrade, his family and son will be in our thoughts and prayers.

December 27, 2002, 04:15 PM

December 27, 2002, 04:21 PM

Preacherman, are you going to post the next update here or in another thread?

December 27, 2002, 04:28 PM
Blackhawk, I'll post any and all updates in the first post on this thread, and add a post at the bottom of the list pointing readers back to the first post, as I just did. When Labgrade logs on (hopefully later today or tomorrow - he's pretty exhausted! I told him to get some sleep...) he will tell us more, either as a new post in this thread, or in a new thread if he so chooses. I'd rather keep everything in one thread for ease of reference, myself.

Thanks, everyone, for the prayers. Keep 'em coming! :)

December 27, 2002, 05:03 PM
Labgrade, my every prayer is with your son and you and your family. May your son come through this to be even stronger.

Greg L
December 27, 2002, 05:36 PM
Done for both sets of families.


2nd Amendment
December 27, 2002, 05:50 PM
Consider it done.

December 27, 2002, 06:13 PM
Will continue to get mine. God bless.

December 27, 2002, 06:48 PM
I know of a couple of people in my area who have had heart transplants, and one of them is a very young man. Best wishes to all the families involved, and I hope that one day Labgrade's sone can meet the donor's family to thank them in person. This is truly a season of miracles.

December 27, 2002, 06:57 PM
Labgrade: thoughts and prayers sent

I have witnessed the transplants
I have witnessesd the donors

Thoughts and prayers to the family of the donor

December 27, 2002, 07:33 PM
Up about 36 hours & just home. A bit fried.

Preacherman covered it pretty well.

A donor from Wyoming last night, a call, a frantic drive, a long wait & a wonderfully successful transplant this morning.

New heart seemed to be rarin' to go go (if I can be so crude) with Shane. Turned on & tickin' like they were made for each other - perhaps they were.

Unbelieveable joy at our good fortune, a very deep sadness for the donor's family. The two, by all accounts, can never meet - just isn't done except for a thank you letter written by Shane's to theirs. No names appears to be the watchword for these things.

Can't tell y'all how appreciative I am (The Wife's a bit teary just now at y'all's out-pouring of love & kindness).

Thank you. We're certain your prayers helped immensely.

Some much needed rest & back tomorrow AM. Should be alert enough to grimace. ;)

Will keep y'all posted.

December 27, 2002, 08:38 PM

Do ya'll need anything? I know that you will be spending time at the hospital and will miss out on dinners and such. Im in Colorado Springs and can cook stuff and bring it up or whatever you guys need. Anything else I can do, just let me know...


George Hill
December 27, 2002, 08:44 PM
My prayers are with them.

If they need anything, let us know.

Dan Morris
December 27, 2002, 08:57 PM
All of you, walk with God! May he be with all.

December 27, 2002, 10:00 PM
Stetson_CO, I don't think so right now.

A Son, on the way to being healthy, (Ta-Dah! ;) ) is A Gift - kinda transends everything else.

We're good far as stuff goes. Shane's Mom (The Wife - a Stout & Hearty Lass to rival any here) & his wife's mom is on-hand, I'm there in a big way & we've a couple other support-types. Did I mention Shane's Wife? A Wonder in her own right.

I really appreciate your offer, but do think we're covered.

We're a small-knit group, but tight & pretty hearty. I'm the weak link. The Women-folk are The Hard-Cores here.

Think we've got the logistics down fairly well & we will call if needed ( a PM couldn't hurt ;) )

Frankly, from the prayers from y'all & those from some other conects, I do b'lieve we're covered quite well.

Under A Blanket, if you will.

(kinda funny how 36 well-beat hrs can turn into 38 - & still, the tiredness turns to more of an energy ..... )

Sleepless in Loveland,


December 27, 2002, 11:45 PM
In my prayers. Praying for a speedy recovery,

December 27, 2002, 11:57 PM
Labgrade, I remember your post when you first asked for prayers over at TFL. I asked the father to be strong in your heart and he has been faithful. He never fails us. Stay in the faith.

Calamity Jane
December 28, 2002, 12:23 AM
Thanks for your update, Preacherman, and labgrade, it's so good to hear that things are going well. :) My prayers for your son are continuing. And remember, God's arms are around you all.

December 28, 2002, 05:48 AM
Having underwent bypass surgery in '99, I can sympathize with what he must be going through. My thoughts and prayers to both recipient and donor families.

Mike Slisher (aka Moondancer)

December 28, 2002, 07:24 AM
My thoughts are with you and yours Labgrade

David Scott
December 28, 2002, 08:26 AM
Preacherman, thanks for the update. Glad to hear the young lad come through it so well.

December 28, 2002, 10:15 AM
Hope all is well. Amen.

December 28, 2002, 10:18 AM
Even though the surgery was a success, prayers are still coming from my household for a speedy recovery and peace of mind for the family that has stuck near him through it all. Wish you all the best.

December 28, 2002, 03:41 PM
A quick visit this AM. The Ladies are holding vigil, while the guys get to haul the trash. As it should be. ;)

Shane's BP a hair low, so pain medication is on the light side. He hurts, but it's a good hurt.

Everything is going very well indeed. Fairly miraculous.

Clear fluids (he bitched about getting MountainDew when we wanted a Sprite ;) ) ... looks like he'll enjoy a steak, etc. for lunch tomorrow.

I shake my head in amazement at it all.

... and there's a Wyoming family likely having a funeral today or tomorrow. :(

Thanks, folks. A prayer or two still wouldn't hurt.

Jim V
December 28, 2002, 04:03 PM
Labgrade, there are continued prayers for Shane, you and the rest of the family. I have not forgotten the family in Wyoming either, may they find peace in knowing the heart from their loved one has saved the life of another.

December 28, 2002, 04:44 PM
Labgrade - Godspeed to your step-son.

December 28, 2002, 05:07 PM
Geeziz, Labgrade, I hadn't even thought of the donor family. A prayer for them as well as another for Shane.

If he's complaining about no "Dew", that's got to be a good sign!

December 28, 2002, 05:31 PM
I wish your family all the best for a complete recovery...


December 28, 2002, 05:42 PM
Thanks again.

I'm in the "watch the house & make sure The Women have what they need" mode 'bout now. They're running cover-fire & if nobody's ever seen THIS, 'tis a sight to behold - so calm, so effortless (somehow), yet so determined & adamant.

Any enemy should get to behold such calm determination one time only to see what we are made of. No force could dare stand in its face ..... I kinda just step back & say the obligatory "Yes M'am" & do stuff to make sure I am a good boy. ;)

L'il Women, indeed. So very cool. Gotta love southern women, but I'd daresay, any are up to the task.

Monkeyleg re that donor family ...

Right now, I've some time on my hands (sorta) & would wish I could go see 'em.

Nope, don't think so.

I betcha those who have dealt with these things have an idea on what works, & what doesn't. Likely, me & mine are the last they want to know about, grieving that they are.

I am absolutely choked up - on that gift & anything I'd have to say right now could only cause them further heartache. Inept, I am.

Maybe much later. Maybe never.

December 28, 2002, 07:25 PM
In reply to a pm I rec'd from from Labgrade:

"So far an unbelieveable miracle - of God's adaptation allowances ... this heart, when first barely hooked up just jump-started & said "Hey! where you been? Let's roll!" - no spark needed/nada - just a "wanna live?"-thing. So cool & so amazing ....

Sorry. Losing it some.

Shane's just been taken off to a "special place."

Seems something isn't "quite right" - "need some tests" ... "a problem .... "

We're waiting.

It all went so well/could have never expected so good/so soon - & perhaps waiting for the other shoe to drop.

It may just have.

Do me a favor & make a post at the thread .... I'm outa here & just can't "

December 28, 2002, 08:00 PM
Came in late on this thread but have been praying bout it from the original thread on TFL. Will pray for the donors family also.

Doubt I could do anything else but pray but I'm in the Springs also and will do what I can if you need anything. I'll PM you my Phone # for the just in case I could help in ANY way.

December 28, 2002, 08:11 PM
Done. I can't imagine what I would be like if it were one of my children.
Please keep us informed Preach.


December 28, 2002, 09:48 PM
Not being able to get online today (shabbos/the sabbath) I continued my prayers during today's prayer services (4 opportunities to include a prayer for health). Seeing what it is about I'll keep it up until I hear otherwise.

As far as the last update from re1973, I'm hoping for the best here. Hopefully, it turns out to be just one of those things that happens with these kind of operations and all turns out ok. I'll keep him in my more informal prayers tonight.

December 29, 2002, 02:01 AM
PreacherMan, you keep bumping this back to the top and I keep opening it looking for another update, and there isn't one!

Color me conflicted and , well you know....

December 29, 2002, 02:05 AM
Can we Sticky or Float this thread?

December 29, 2002, 02:05 AM
Sorry about the confusion. Just trying to make sure that our new members, and those who haven't visited for a couple of days, are informed of the need. It's still touch and go, last I heard, and Lab's son won't be out of danger for some time yet. I'll stop bumping it, and let it ride until there's another update.

December 29, 2002, 02:17 AM
Our prayers are with you and your family Lab.
Prayers for and thanks to the donors family as well.

December 29, 2002, 03:09 AM

Thanks. Besides the thread is on "Auto Bump" from responses it's getting anyway. Makes me feel good! :)

December 29, 2002, 03:31 AM

December 29, 2002, 11:18 AM

Any updates?


Bob Locke
December 29, 2002, 04:33 PM
Will be going to get the family from DC in a couple of days, and will be back on the 3rd or 4th it looks like. I'll be calling then. Was gonna call the other day, and then didn't. Maybe I got "intervened" on, eh?

Give that lady of yours a BIG hug for me, and I hope to meet Shane soon as he's up to it.

I am so happy for the two of you, 'cause I know what a burden this has been and for how long. 'Tis true that there's another family out there hurting, and I know you're in tune with that, but I'm betting that since the person who gave this heart was a donor that they're a giving sort of people and are likely drawing some measure of comfort from the knowledge that their loss is another's gain.

See ya soon, amigo.

December 29, 2002, 06:54 PM
I'm hoping that the long silence is not ungood.

Still praying.


December 29, 2002, 07:13 PM
Looking forward to it, Bob, & the rest of y'all = thanks. The Wife passes on her thanks as well.

Bit scary last night with "a problem" & inability to connect with cell phones, etc. ... I'm about an hour out from the hospital, as if it could matter.

Drs a bit aggressive in lowering a med-dose which caused BP to drop some - alarms all over & well, you can imagine.

Today - perhaps 50 hours-post, Shane tells his wife "I've some bad news." We all swallow - hard. He's 1/2 out of it - me & His Wife go talk to The Drs.

Nothing. Nada. Shane's fairly semi-stupid/the drugs & is just picking up on random stuff - all the attention (duh, Shane! ... we'll talk later ;) ) Things are good though.

A Big Deal & a Forever Thing is the anti-rejection drugs which suppresses the imune system. The Body doesn't want that heart/foreign material in there, it doesn't belong & tries to reject it. This will be a fact of life (please, God!) forevermore.

Good stuff today. A huge Bronco fan, Shane was (albeit a bit out of it) pissed that well within the red zone & they're blowing it time after time in the first 1/2 ..... gotta love it.

Bionic. Shane's lost probably 5 tubes & still has another 20 to go.

Thanks again folks for the attention & caring - truly a family.

Oleg & mods, thanks for letting something so OT to ride.


December 29, 2002, 07:29 PM
Hard to pray when holding your breath.
Labgrade, happy to hear some news. praying it was a med /dosage thing as I pm 'ed you. Didn't know your boy had that many alarms...did ya?

Keep us posted

December 29, 2002, 07:31 PM
So far, so good! Thanks for the update, Labgrade. :)

December 29, 2002, 07:35 PM
It's good to hear that things are going well.

I'll continue to pray for your son.:)

Jim V
December 29, 2002, 07:50 PM
My prayers continue too. For all involved.

Calamity Jane
December 29, 2002, 08:30 PM
*whew* - I'm glad that things are continuing to go well. :)

I can "hear" the love in your posts as I read them, labgrade. Your son is lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful family during his crucial ordeal.

My prayers are continuing. And God bless.

December 29, 2002, 09:18 PM
CJ, et al.

You have no idea.

I can hardly post without breaking out in tears. ... ah, strike that, I can't post without breaking out in tears. I do, I am.

It's a Dad-thing, I'd guess.

A Son, his heart cut out ------- & replaced ..... whew! ..... wish I could add a .wav-file/amplified to express what I feel. Better yet I can't.

& the love, care & attention y'all express .... never to be forgotten.

I'll bitch, I'll call y'all when I think you're outa line & I will never, ever know that y'all ain't part of my community.

Buncha slackers, you! ;)

(sob! sniff!) & group hug!

I am so completely beyond anything I thought I could - so very strange.

Preach' = thanks for the call - it helps, sir.

Good Lord! so long have I seen my son 's life hang in the balance of a minute's worth & while now it's "fixed," so hard is it to watch this drama play out.

With a congenital defect, he was an absolute butt-head as a teenager, a fool. He turned into a wonderful Dad, a Father, & worthy of it all.


I wax stupid.

Can't tell you how this man has tried to overcome so much every one of us would just rather take for granted .... 32 years of just eating it to finally be a full-blown Daddy, & a husband.

Watching the miracle of a life hanging in the balance so is ... somehow beyond my comprehesion, although very welcome.

Thank God for Southern Women & their ways. Likely, their Northen Counterparts would do just as well ...

December 29, 2002, 10:18 PM

December 29, 2002, 10:22 PM
He'll be in my thoughts. :)

December 29, 2002, 10:41 PM

Just saw this thread...

Prayers to Shane and all the CareGivers! God gave those all those people of the medical profession some special caring/healing gifts that are just so amazing.

My favorite uncle used to live in Wyoming, there are great people there. God will help them through through their loss.

Come summer, get Shane up to the high country - being up in God's country will heal any ill.

God Bless

December 29, 2002, 11:29 PM

I know I'm a bit late, but it's never too late to be lifted up in prayer. :)

Hope everything is going well for your step-son and for your family.


Calamity Jane
December 30, 2002, 01:08 AM
Big hugs to all of you, labgrade. (that's big, *gentle* hugs for your son).

Prayers still coming. :)

December 30, 2002, 01:43 AM

Oh, a congenital defect. I had two friends who were born with heart trouble. One found out in his 20's when he had a required physical for a sports league he was in. Dr told him that he would have died within months w/out open heart surgery had it not been discovered- thank G-d for sports physicals. The other died when she and her husband decided to have a baby against doctor's orders- her heart couldn't take the pregnancy (she had had surgeries throughout her life and I guess she simply wanted a kid and took the risk, and everyone lost).

Not knowing exactly the situation I was praying hard for you and really felt bad for your situation (and good that it seemed to be working out). Now that I know it was a lifelong situation, something that, through friends, I can understand more intimately- well, I guess the only difference is it is bringing back memories.

I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers. I sincerely hope that all continues to improve as it looks like it will.

December 30, 2002, 11:11 AM

Thoughts and prayers to your and yours. When our children are involved, regardless of their age, it is a hard time for all.

Remember, though, that what seems to be the weight of the Universe on your shoulders is the Guiding Hands of Our Lord.

May God grant you his Grace and Peace, for a quick recovery, and to the donor's family, too.

Amen and Amen

December 30, 2002, 07:33 PM
Almost at the 80 hour mark. All goes well.

Docs tinkering with the anti-rejection meds - which will be a life-long thing.

Shane sat up last night for a couple minutes, even stood for one. Was sitting in a chair when I came in earlier today. Still hasn't had that steak dinner.

May need an NG tube due to some light throwing up & they want to get the stomach empty. Big incentive for Shane.

I actually have The Wife at home & may be a little short on my keyboard time tonight. Depends on how long the bath lasts. ;)

Not like anybody's hanging on every word, but don't expect updates till early evening. Something terrible happens & Peter gets a cell call.

Thanks again, folks.

December 30, 2002, 07:37 PM
Labgrade, keep them updates coming...

Best wishes.:)

December 30, 2002, 07:56 PM
Labgrade, thanks for keeping us updated.
check your pm
NO- is not a steak dinner...but along those lines.

December 31, 2002, 12:43 AM
Spoke to Labgrade about an hour ago. He reports his stepson is feeling very cranky, effects of the drugs and the pain no doubt, but is making steady progress. He's still in intensive care, with wires and tubes and monitors in every orifice (and some they've had to cut!), but if all goes well, will be taken off some of these soon. Labgrade says he and his wife are very tired, but his stepson's wife is even worse off! Don't slack off on the prayers, people - this still has a long way to go. Heartfelt thanks to all of you who've lent support so far: and to those who may not have seen this thread before, it's not too late for you to start! :)

Ala Dan
December 31, 2002, 06:05 AM
Labgrade My Friend,

My thought's and prayer's are continuing for a speedy
recovery; and a special thanks to GOD ALMIGHTY for
guiding the hands of the surgeon, during this difficult
and teadious task! Nice to hear the progress report's;
keep 'em coming and if ever there is anything else that
you need; just let us know.

Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Jim V
December 31, 2002, 11:56 AM
I can only say that my prayers continue for the Labgrade Family and the family of the donor. I hope everybody can get some rest as Shane improves.

Keep us posted.

December 31, 2002, 06:19 PM
Color! We got color! :D

Walked into his room late this AM & the difference is incredible. Kid looks like he got a tan. Sitting up & a nice clear gaze in his eyes.

Oh he's still dopey alrighty, but what a difference!

Had a bit of a start last night. His Wife walks in, checks the monitors - he's flatlined. Turns out Shane had pulled some wires (lots of wires) in his sleep. Real pip is that nobody knew it -Sheepy reply was "guess we had the alarms turned off."


Yahoo! Like a switch has been flipped. Guess it has.

BTW, that scary night a coupla back was full blown rejection. Meds boost/switch seem to have a real good handle on it now though.

Got him fixed up with all the party stuff - they're big on tonight - hats, banners, streamers, medals for "good acheivement" - the works.

& poor ol' labgrade's gotta spend the night alone (sniff) prolly be asleep by 9. ;)

Bob Locke
December 31, 2002, 06:28 PM
& poor ol' labgrade's gotta spend the night alone (sniff) prolly be asleep by 9.
Probably the best idea for a man of your, oh what's the proper term....?

"Experience", perhaps...? :p

December 31, 2002, 06:56 PM
That was totally uncalled for. Where's that "notify a mod" button? I must protest.

Besides, I can't help it I've got them cute dimples ..... :D

Too, some history on Shane's congenital condition. Very strange situation. I can't think of the procedure he had when 90 days old, but he is the only survivor of that & beat the record when 17 yrs old - 32 now. Quite the ride.

His heart was, was, gotta keep with was ;) upside down, backwards & on the wrong side of his chest. He'd go into some cardiologist-place & they try to hook him up - EKG & nothing worked. Shane'd have to pull the wires & hook it up right for any readings ..... lots of head shaking going on.

This last procedure had to re-plumb some. He had two superior vena cavas (think I got that right) anyway, the two majors that "drain yer top end.

Wasn't just one of yer "cut it out/slap one in" heart transplants. No Siree! Shane's gotta be special .... nyah, nyah.


Broke 100 hours!

December 31, 2002, 07:11 PM
Glad to hear Shane is doing so well. We'll keep praying for him.

...sniff) prolly be asleep by 9.
You lucky dog.


Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late for New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.

December 31, 2002, 07:21 PM
(Even resorting to crossed fingers!)Another Christian symbol used surreptitiously by persecuted believers. ;)

Great news on the successful operation! May God heal the stepson quickly and give comfort to his family.

December 31, 2002, 11:31 PM
I'd like to make a special request for additional prayers tonight, New Years Eve, for the family of the person who was killed, and thereby made his/her heart available for Labgrade's stepson. Tonight, while others celebrate all around them, that family will be mourning their loss, and trying to cope with the sudden emptiness in their hearts. I know - I've been there... Let's pray especially for them tonight, as well as keeping up our prayers for Shane.

January 1, 2003, 12:00 AM
Good news is welcomed. Will continue Prayers

January 1, 2003, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the updates!

January 1, 2003, 01:34 PM
Lousy night. No New Year celebratories.

With the adjust of steroidal/anti-rejection meds, Shane's halluncinating & somewhat paranoid.

He's wondering if "this whole thing" was the right thing to do, some "questioning" regards family loyalty, etc.

Tough thing 'bout now for The Ladies on-scene.

Good stuff, all told regards phyicals, but this mental thing ...

& this too shall pass.

Part of the deal, I guess.

Spaced it last night & Peter, Thanks for your good call. That Family who just had their funeral .... I can't see it as a sacrifice (as does Shane somehow), but more of a gift, passed on to those who can use something I'd never again have a use for.

A bit selfish in posting yesterday, I was. So charged with the better color & progress. Hyped.

& so ... scared, still.

January 1, 2003, 01:49 PM

I'm sure the transplant counselors will be having some talks with him. When your body lets you down, yet you survive due to some extraordinary intervention, it's a real shock to your sense of identity. Basically, you have to get used to a whole new concept of who and what you are, and there's NO effective pre-op preparation for that.

He just needs time for physical and mental healing. Never heard of anybody who was "together" beforehand not coming out of it "very together" later.

Nevertheless, prayers continue.... :D

January 1, 2003, 06:29 PM
Thanks folks, for the PMs, e-mails & continued support here.

Means more to many more than you could know.

Yes. Things improve actually by the hour. Just a couple perceived set-backs that are doing the mental dance right now.

This is a lot like Life. ;)

Bob Locke
January 1, 2003, 08:16 PM
Are you threatening to tell on me? I'm much more afraid of your missus than the mod's on this board! :D

I'm betting that Shane will be fine. I know his mom, and if he's half as tough as she is then it's just a matter of time before he'll be better than ever.

I'll call ya Sunday afternoon after we get home.

January 1, 2003, 08:18 PM
Continued Prayers

Shared to me by an organ reciptient, time,love, prayers, and when allowed to visit with another or more recipients. People can better relate with like persons. Counselors good, reciptient better.

So no wheelchair races yet? *g*

January 1, 2003, 08:33 PM
Apparently, the real impediment here is Shane's immune system - it's too good.

Seems everything physical has to do with depressing that.

Although on a immunity deprssant drug/s, he needs a huge blast during the eveings. & blast is very appropriate description. The whole outer area surrounding his heart is being attacked by his body. Essentially saying, "Get out!"

This blast is very much so screwing with his mental faculties.

Something that he does need help with from family members, but is also screwing with those same family-heads. Taking a huge toll on The Ladies.

One ICU nurse had his Mom in a similar situation & after one night couldn't do it any longer & couldn't do any visitation until that was over with.

Shane does need this personal attention that only Our Ladies can, but at such a cost somehow. He needs it now, but won't remember any of it later.

Me holding his hand just doesn't quite cut it as from his Wife or Mom. I'm not even his dad, so I haul the trash meanwhile.

& that's all actually good news.

Better is that he sat up for over 4 hours today & actually got to eat solids. No steaks yet, but a decent chicken dinner.

Losing Michelle's mom (Micky) Saturday AM. She's been loking after the three kids & her husband's just diagnosed with cancer - he doesn't "want to know or deal with it." :rolleyes:

So it goes. I tell The Two Ladies to bail out for some down-time - trade out your time, take it easy on yourself .- take a long, hot bath, eat ... I have been affixed with a steely-stare more than once. ;)

Actually just fed My Wife & stuck her in her own hot bath & off to a blessed sleep. & just try to keep her away for a day of downtime so she can charge the batteries for after Micky's gone?

Kidding, right?

I do believe that this nation will turn, or not, on the strength of It's Ladies. Seen it too many times not to know this as a fact - just have to be reminded now & again.


Alan Albertus/labgrade - Governmental Affairs & Legislative Director of Colorado's Second Amendment Sisters - Girls Kick Ass!


January 1, 2003, 08:50 PM
Some cross-talk on postings I guess.

Nope. No wheelchair races quite yet & no other transplants on the floor right now. That may change & Shane gets to be The Elder for their counselling ..... a very cool thing, I'd bet.

So, Bob. You've met The Missus, huh? ;)

Told Crystal all along that this is one that will work - Shane'll be fine, was always meant to be so. But I'm a Dad-type & she's a Mom.

Never the twain sometimes ....

Like I've said. I just haul the trash & support These Ladies.

No getting in their way anyway. :cool:

Calamity Jane
January 1, 2003, 11:33 PM
labgrade, prayers still coming your way for Shane - he's so lucky to have you and the Ladies. :) God's Blessings to your wonderful family.

January 1, 2003, 11:51 PM
Labgrade - Ongoing prayers for you and yours. Greybeard

Jim V
January 2, 2003, 01:49 PM
Any more news on Shane? My prayers continue for Shane, his family and his care givers. I am not forgetting the family of the donor either.

January 2, 2003, 01:57 PM
Have not forgotten, I still hold him in my prayers.

January 2, 2003, 01:59 PM
Message sent, both here and upwards!!:D

January 2, 2003, 05:24 PM
Kind of a bad day today.

This rejection business.

Drs thinking this may cause this heart only to be good for 5 years & Shane's wondering what's the point.

Need to beat this & keep Shane's attititude up.

Keep 'em comin', folks.

January 2, 2003, 05:26 PM
I'm sure Shane will change his mind once he's out of the pain, Labgrade.

Offering up another prayer right now.

January 2, 2003, 05:46 PM
Labgrade, prayers and thoughts continue.

Sorry to be sound assertive but...

INSIST the Dr. get a transplant recipient in to see Shane NOW.

Kidney, Liver, lung ,heart...doesn't matter, Shane does, he needs what they can share. One that has BTDT as a visitor will do wonders.

January 2, 2003, 05:55 PM
Noted, re1973, & passed on to The Ladies.

I think it an excellent suggestion.

January 2, 2003, 06:03 PM
Prayers continuing, best wishes and support to everyone. Is there a snail mail address where we could send cards?

Larry Ashcraft
January 2, 2003, 06:08 PM
Labgrade, hangin' in there with ya. :(

As one that spent part of Christmas vacation in Presbyterian St. Luke with my son in law, I feel for you.

BTW, you're right about the ladies. My daughter didn't hardly sleep or eat for 3 days, and my wife was right there with her. My son in law is going to be all right, he had an infection from recent back surgery.

Prayers for Shane, you and the rest of the family.

January 2, 2003, 06:13 PM
Labgrade, I pray for Shane and your family.

January 2, 2003, 07:00 PM
Snail mail. Good idea, Penman. No flowers.

Shane Tusler Rm 301
University of Colorado Hospital
Sugical Intensive Care Unit
4200 East 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80262

Keep in mind too, if mentioning how you know of his situation that I'm not his dad. Just happened to marry his Mom. ;) May confustipate him if I'm mentioned as his dad.

He's just my Son. :)

Flood 'im, if y'all would. & here's to hoping that they have to forward the cards to a different room, huh?

January 2, 2003, 07:51 PM

Having spent this past Christmas in my step fathers cardiac ICU, my prayers are sent.

With our continued prayers I'm certain that these difficult moments will be later remembered as times filled with courage, pride, pereserverance, and faith.

God Bless You,


January 2, 2003, 09:01 PM
labgrade - my best wishes to you and your family.

Calamity Jane
January 2, 2003, 09:16 PM
Keep in mind too, if mentioning how you know of his situation that I'm not his dad. Just happened to marry his Mom. May confustipate him if I'm mentioned as his dad.

He's just my Son.

As Stepmom to a dear young woman, may I say that's one of the sweetest things I have ever read - I know exactly how you feel. :) Our children don't have to be of our blood to be of our hearts.

More big hugs (gentle big ones for Shane), and I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers for the donor's family, too.

God's blessings.

January 2, 2003, 09:34 PM
Great news!

(feeling like a pendulum)

Latest biopsy shows no sign of rejection. Appears they got the right cocktail in him. May be the turning point for this whole thing.

Jim V
January 2, 2003, 10:00 PM
Labgrade, 'tis good news there. Iff'n you haven't yet, but I figure you have already, let Shane, and Mrs. Labgrade and Mrs. Shane know that there are a whole lot of people praying for you all.

Family does that sorta thing.

January 3, 2003, 12:22 AM
Latest biopsy shows no sign of rejection. Appears they got the right cocktail in him. May be the turning point for this whole thing. Great news! :D

January 3, 2003, 12:28 AM
Good news indeed !!

January 3, 2003, 12:51 AM
Prayers sent

January 3, 2003, 10:51 AM
Still working away on this one...

Mike Irwin
January 3, 2003, 11:10 AM
Very good news, Labgrade.

Getting the anti-rejection medication balances correct for each patient is as much an art as it is a science, it would seem.

Everyone have their organ donor cards signed, sealed, and delivered? And made your wishes known to your family?

I have.

You should, too.

January 3, 2003, 11:45 AM
Sounds like he was born with transposition of the great arteries with a heck of a twist. I was lucky enough to work with one of the top pediatric cardiac surgeons in the US and I got to see a couple of those. 32 years is incredible. Sounds like he's had the best of prayers and care for alot longer than the few days this thread has been up.

FWIW, I've set by the side of "the other" family, and I can say that without exception, the giving of organs from their loved one has helped every one of them deal with their loss in a very special way.

My thoughts are with your son today, but they are also with every member of this board. I hope that this situation has somehow touched your hearts and that you will all become organ donors. And remember that you have to make sure your family knows that is your wish.

January 3, 2003, 12:15 PM
Got a card in the mail this morning. Okay, everyone, here's a great chance to help out. Take a few minutes to send a card to Shane. If everyone who's posted a reply to this thread participated, that would be an impressive stack of good wishes.

Shane Tusler Rm 301
University of Colorado Hospital
Sugical Intensive Care Unit
4200 East 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80262

January 3, 2003, 05:58 PM
Broke a week today.

Shane's sitting up, muching on a hambuerger when I came in today.

Hurt's & doesn't want to take that med 'cause it screws with his head. He was told (gently enough) to knock that crap off right now & do as you're told.

BP holding in a great zone, pulse still held artificially high, color good, sleeping well, eating good.

Continues, & likely get into a regular ol' hospital room 1/4 sometime.

Ya-Hoo! May have turned the corner on this.

Thanks again, folks. Will yak later (& comment on some of y'alls's) ...

January 3, 2003, 06:08 PM
Good news indeed!!

Yeah, seen both sides of this-literally.
Organ cards-- yep, also I have donated the rest to science
I apppreciated the education I rec'd from someone giving.

Bob Locke
January 3, 2003, 06:10 PM
Everyone have their organ donor cards signed, sealed, and delivered? And made your wishes known to your family?

An excellent point, Mike.

My personal answer is "yes", and I hope that's true for more and more folks on this board.

You won't need that shell you're currently walking around in after you leave it, folks. Let it do some good for someone else if it can.

Glad to hear things are moving in the right direction, amigo. We're layed over in TN for the night unexpectedly, so I'll be calling on Monday instead of Sunday.

Love to all. See you soon.

Greg L
January 3, 2003, 06:13 PM
Great news and I'm glad for the rapid improvement.

Yes my "card" is signed as is my wife's and anyone we can talk to about it.


January 3, 2003, 11:35 PM
"Getting the anti-rejection medication balances correct for each patient is as much an art as it is a science, it would seem."

By all indications, Mike. Shane's never even had a cavity, never gets sick - seems odd somehow - too good a imune system. Go figure.

Okie, sounds like it to me too. Miraculous that he's alive today to bitch about the pain. Good sign - shows he's getting better. & your comment about the donor's family has cracked these eyes open some more.

Penman, Thanks tons & Bob, looking forward to it. If you get home voicemail, be sure to leave to your new # - I'm sure I've lost it already. ;)

"My thoughts are with your son today, but they are also with every member of this board. I hope that this situation has somehow touched your hearts ... "

Funny that we come here for expressions regarding firearms & find so very much more.

Y'all are great.

January 4, 2003, 05:18 AM
Bob, Steve, Steve, Kathy, Peter, et al ... sorry for not remembering everyone ... a bit overwhelming ... re yer PM/voices.

Thank you all to no end. I, mine, cannot express our heartfelt thanks.

An unbelieveable community here. Always knew it regards "just guns," & fully know it so much better regards "just folks."

No way we can pay back or express our thanks to this community, & what you've helped us trough.

What else, but

:D & so very :cool:

January 4, 2003, 12:42 PM
Interesting little tidbit just in.

Apparently the intial test reports indicated an A3 rejection level. Docs weren't passing that on at first so as not to alarm the family-types - pretty bad scene, all told & pretty close to a death sentence.

From what I've just been told, this is the most severe/absolute worse case .... & a modifications of meds just doesn't turn this severe a level off/around - never. Maybe down to A2 - A1 .... & please forgive, I've no idea as to what an A1 really is, just passing on some info.

Next test & after doing the "Oh God, Please!" the test came back as zip, zero, nada rejection - none.

& folks, friends & neighbors, these doctors who do have some experience with this type thing have never seen that happen.

Betcha y'all had something to do with that.


Plan today is to have Shane walk anywhere he wants throughout the entire facility (it's huge) to forage about & get anything he wants to eat - everything & anything.

I don't know whether to break out in tears or song .... likely both.

:) :D :p :cool: .... about my last post about too many smilies? Forget that! Where's more?

January 4, 2003, 02:59 PM
Thanks for the great news! More good wishes on the way, may the New Year be a time of celebration and joy for your family.

Calamity Jane
January 4, 2003, 04:26 PM
Wow, labgrade - such fantastic news!! Prayers are continuing.

(the little blue guy in the smilie above is Shane :) )

January 4, 2003, 04:41 PM
Labgrade, that's terrific news! So what will Shane's choice of food be? A giant steak?

Prayers continuing, but with a more postive tone. :)

January 6, 2003, 10:54 PM
Bit of a scare due to an elevated white blood count. Docs saying that it's his body fighting off an inifection (duh), but doesn't appear to be rejection.

Off all tubes, walking around, & was moved to Intermediate Care Unit (#492) this afternoon.

Coupla cards came in from some people he didn't know. Wonder who that could be .... very :cool: folks

January 6, 2003, 11:11 PM
:cool: God bless you and your family.

January 6, 2003, 11:15 PM
God bless you and your family.

January 6, 2003, 11:26 PM
A card and more prayers for Shane, Alan and their Family sent today.

God Bless,


January 6, 2003, 11:37 PM
Glad to hear the scare is over-Whew!
Good news- new room, roaming, and food!

January 6, 2003, 11:38 PM
Glad to hear everythings going fine,prayers will continue...

January 7, 2003, 07:20 PM
Confirmation that the increased white blood count is A3 rejection. Everybody taking it pretty hard.

Sometimes such seeming success lead to such bitter disappointments ......

Back on the steroidal meds that screwed with his head - who knows what room.

A (this) Friday going home celebration isn't happening.

Ladies taking turns going outside to "get it together" ...... & I think back to the hospital for me.

January 7, 2003, 07:26 PM
I've lit a candle tonight, godspeed. http://www.scmagazine.com/scmagazine/november/buyers/candle.gif

January 7, 2003, 09:14 PM
Keep the prayers coming everyone, for Shane and his family. labgrade, we're here for you, just ask if there's more that we can do.

January 8, 2003, 12:03 AM
".... just ask if there's more that we can do.

Iff'n you haven't yet, but I figure you have already, let Shane, and Mrs. Labgrade and Mrs. Shane know that there are a whole lot of people praying for you all.

Family does that sorta thing."

Whew! That is plenty, guys 'n gals .....

Trying a new anti-rejection drug. Still does the wierd stuff. Echo 1/8 & another biopsy 1/9 - figers crossed. Likely hold Shane for at least another 4 days or so after a good report to make sure.

Plan is for the kids (3X @ 7-13 yrs) going home (The 'Springs) with The Wife (SM#2), 1/10 to try to get them asleep in their own beds & as back on an even keel as we can. They're not having much of that as they were to get to go w/Daddy.

Steel Magnolia #1 will stay with Shane.

& so it goes.

As much as this rollercoaster sucks, some of the alternatives aren't bearable ....

Calamity Jane
January 8, 2003, 06:49 AM
Fingers, toes, eyelashes, and all crossable appendages are crossed for Shane, labgrade - your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Larry Ashcraft
January 8, 2003, 12:57 PM
Was hoping to see better news this morning. :(

Hang in there Shane, Labgrade and the rest of the family.

And folks, keep the prayers coming.

January 8, 2003, 09:40 PM
No new news.

It goes on.

Biopsy manana (wish I knew that nifty tilde/~/ .... brain goes blank ..... what is that keyboard-thing for characters? ..... hate it when the brain goes away, but getting more used to it ;) )

I remember way back in the Olden Days when one of ours had an accident - what was that guy's name anyway? Lawdog - or sumpin'? .... ;)

Such an outpouring of love and Family I hadn't seen outside of my own.

Till (again) now.

Cards 'n such flowed in & His Mom (?) couldn't believe it.


We wait, watch & hold so tight.

January 8, 2003, 11:09 PM
Labgrade, it sounds like things are getting better. Please hold on, and hold onto your faith.

Everyone here is with you, and so is a more powerful Being. All of us are just support.

Keep us updated, and please stay strong for Shane.

January 9, 2003, 12:44 AM
God is with you! Keep your faith no matter how difficult it may be at times!

My prayers are with your whole family!

God Bless,

Miss Demeanors
January 9, 2003, 03:01 PM
Still sending prayers, Labgrade :(

January 9, 2003, 03:30 PM

Still praying, eager for updates.


Calamity Jane
January 9, 2003, 09:40 PM
Praying for Shane. God bless you and yours.


January 9, 2003, 09:51 PM
Prayers sent up here , too.

Wishing you and Shane and the family the best.

January 10, 2003, 08:26 PM
"Fluids in his lungs" still waiting for today's biopsy (re rejection) ....

The Docs still saying he may go home today!?

Yeah, I know, but how can that be?

100:1 it doesn't & why would they even say it?

So many questions about this whole operation & the life of my (Wife's) son? Ah! & the outcome of it all?

Y'al can't kow the strangeness here ...

Ahhhhh !

January 11, 2003, 06:00 PM
1/10 biopsy report back & Shane's in A3 rejection.

Back on this new drug/"double plus good" level & the steroids. Next biopsy Monday.

Kids at home, they don't know yet, The Wife can't, but must.

The two SMs'll do a face-to-face 1/12 at The House to decide what next. Looks like we'll have th egrandkids up here & do schoolwork through the fax machine. Always did want to homeschool 'em.

Although just a bit-player here, a by-stander & mere support .....

I am feeling so broken.

Hey God!

The "Coopers down the street" aren't having any excitement & we could really use a break .... howz about it, huh?

January 11, 2003, 06:28 PM
Hang in there, Labgrade. It will get better.

Many of us have been through something like this, and know how it feels. While that's small or no consolation, we're all with you.

Art Eatman
January 11, 2003, 08:23 PM
That helpless feeling while waiting and waiting...Rough.

For sure our prayers and moral support and best wishes are with you...


January 11, 2003, 08:33 PM
We will light some more candles

January 11, 2003, 08:57 PM
Everyone, this is a chance to make a difference in someone's life. I know many of you sent cards to Shane, and if you could take a few minutes to get more in the mail it would do a lot to show him the amount of support he has across the country.

Shance Tusler, Room 492
Intermediate Care Unit
University of Colorado Hospital
4200 East 9th Ave.
Denver, CO 80262

More prayers and good wishes on the way for Shane and all of you. There are many candles being lit, and many hands put together to give you our support and care.

January 11, 2003, 09:05 PM
Prayers said anew, labgrade, for Shane and your entire family.

January 11, 2003, 09:21 PM
Stay strong.

My prayers to you and Shane...

January 11, 2003, 09:36 PM
Hang in there, labgrade. I'm hoping for the best for Shane and all of you.

P.S. You are a father that any son would be proud of.

January 13, 2003, 12:16 AM
Spoke to Labgrade this evening. Shane is still in hospital while they try to find the right combination of drugs to fight his body's rejection of its new heart. He's pretty tired, and his wife (and Shane's wife) are surely even more exhausted! Keep the prayers coming, folks...

January 13, 2003, 12:35 AM
Sorry - double-tap.

January 13, 2003, 12:36 AM
Labgrade, waiting is the worst part, my prayers are with you and yours. Andy

January 13, 2003, 01:15 AM
I've been praying for your family several times every day labgrade. I'll keep it up. I hope things stabilize and all works out, the alternative isn't acceptable. I know the constant up and down with recovery followed by setbacks can be very difficult. Are his wife and mother in contact with a counselor and/or clergy for spiritual and or mental support? I know you are doing what you can for them but sometimes someone outside is better. From the sounds of it you are seeing yourself as something of an outsider, yet from the tone of your posts it is clear that you really love your step-son (more like your son from how you clearly feel about him). Don't deprive yourself of the right to feel about this. Are YOU in contact with a counselor or clergy outside of THR for support? I can tell the support here, especially from certain members, means a lot to you, but are you speaking to anyone professional from outside who can bring another angle for you?

Anyway, don't ever lose hope. We are all praying and hoping for you, Shane and your family. Stay strong but don't be afraid to allow yourself to feel, to cry, scream or whatever you need- he is your son (step or not) and it is clear how much you love him.

Calamity Jane
January 15, 2003, 12:04 AM

Prayers continuing.

Any news?

January 15, 2003, 12:24 AM
More prayers on the way, labgrade. Hope you all are getting the rest you need for this tough time. Let us know how it's going when you have a chance.

January 15, 2003, 09:48 AM
Shane had some horrendous pain in his last last coupla days which the docs sseem to think is related to drug reaction/s. Had him on some morphine - seems to have dissipated.

Biopsy maybe today to see where we're at with the rejection. BTW, this is done through a tube inserted in his neck which goes into the aorta (?) - kind of permently tubed from the time being. Hi-tech probing thing with a deal on the end that looks like Alien's inner mouth. Push it on down, watch with the echo & snip off a hunk. Shane's been watching this on the monitor .....

Fingers crossed on this biopsy & may be out Thursday, but still on IV no matter.

BTW, whoever sent those red boxing gloves - thanks a bunch. "Keep on Fighting!" = Brilliant! Big kick & smile + all the nurses want to borrow 'em to use on a couple drs. ;)

January 15, 2003, 10:26 AM
We're still praying for Shane....doing a little "bargaining"!

Hang in there........

Steve & Ellen Pirosh;)

Joe Gunns
January 15, 2003, 03:13 PM
Prayers added.

January 15, 2003, 05:49 PM
Still prayin' Labgrade.

January 16, 2003, 08:08 PM
Rejection down to A1 - that's way down from A3. Still at anti-rejection/diuretic med levels but ...

Drum Roll!

Going home in the morning! :D

Folks. ..... whew, just thanks.

I'll Drop in some more info tomorrow, & give me another day or so to start a thread about some of my behavior during.

January 16, 2003, 08:32 PM
WOW Labgrade, that's really great.

I know you must be thrilled to see your son coming back so strongly from such a risky and even dangerous operation.

Best wishes to you and yours.

January 16, 2003, 10:26 PM
Great news, Labgrade! :neener:

If rejection can be kept at bay for a few weeks on a transplant, I believe it becomes easier and easier to control with the custom cocktail. It sorta seems like the body decides the "alien" invader isn't so bad after all.

Again, best wishes and all success to Shane and all of you! :neener: :neener:

January 16, 2003, 11:04 PM
That's really great, LG. It's a good thing to breathe again, ain't it?


January 16, 2003, 11:32 PM
Breathing much easier, that's for sure. & correct about the time factor. Every day that goes by = better chances all things equal.

Will still be doing biospies weekly for quite some time, on an IV (got pic-tubes in place), antibotics daily at a local hospital (infection at the main incision), has a back-packable O2 bottle .... some issues still. They're not sending him home to die & not out of the woods yet.

But who of us is? ;)

Calamity Jane
January 16, 2003, 11:35 PM
Wonderful news! I'm so glad things are going well. More prayers on the way!


January 17, 2003, 12:13 AM
We're really, really happy that things are turning your way!:cool:

Mike Irwin
January 17, 2003, 12:17 AM
Very cool.

Very, very cool.

January 17, 2003, 01:13 PM
Very good news as we head into the weekend, labgrade! Thank you for keeping us posted and sharing so much. Our good wishes and prayers will continue for all of you.

January 17, 2003, 04:58 PM
Sounds like things are moving in the right direction, Labgrade. Keep us posted on the progress.

Ya know, I think God's getting suspicious about all these prayers coming from my house. ;)

January 20, 2003, 06:52 PM
Sorry for no updates- been a bit .... (ahem) Anyway, back at it.

Spent yesterday with the kids down in The 'Springs - a very good day.

Shane's eating about 15+/- pills 3x a meal/day, getting 2X visits to a local hospital of IVs (still this anti-rejection stuff), in some pain & gets tired easily. Wants to push a bit too hard methinks, but we're harpin' on 'im. ;)

Outside with his kids yesterday (an absolutely stunningly beautiful day in CO!), hangin' out, yellin' at 'em & being a Dad - actually looked really healthy. So :cool:

Real bummer wuz The Raider Hater ;) ..... well, Shane doesn't want 'em there. ;)

Jim V
January 20, 2003, 08:54 PM
Labgrade, that is wonderful news. I will keep you, Shane and the rest of the family in my prayers.

Some may doubt the power of prayer but I have none.

January 24, 2003, 07:29 PM
Biopsy from Wednesday came back today as an A1 rejection level.

Good enough newz!

Wanted it to be nothin', but hey, ya takes yer shot & A1's way better than what his body seems to want to do with this heart = this is very good news all told.

Rejection can be taken care of by oral meds rather than have to stay in the hospital & do the continual IV thing .....

Yippee is what I think.

& gotta tell y'all. There's been a couple who have sent those cards 'n letters. Shane's getting out the thanks cards 'n such.

Y'all made a huge difference, never mistake that.

& "that guy" (seems to remain silent) with those red boxing gloves ..... all I can say is that did help to turn the mental tide, was spot-on in the timing. Dare I say? Dave, Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts!

So wonderful that we have a direct connect with some folk that we will never get to shake their hands or give 'em a big ol' hug.

Somehow pretty incredible to me.

You guys are the best.

Band of Brothers? You bet!

Miss Demeanors
January 24, 2003, 10:56 PM
That is great news! :) I will continue to send prayers that way. :)

January 25, 2003, 12:17 AM
Wonderful News. Thanks for sharing the good news and for the opportunity to pray for others; it is a real gift. I will continue to pray for you and yours.

January 25, 2003, 01:24 PM
Such good news at the start of a New Year. Shane's ordeal and success have unified us in a spirit of caring. Thank you for this chance to help and come together. Continuing the prayers and best wishes for all of you.

Jim V
January 25, 2003, 06:43 PM
Prayers continue for Shane and you all.

January 25, 2003, 07:14 PM
Just saw this thread. God Bless. My son Frankie was born with Tetrology of Fallot which is a three part heart defect. He died when he was a month and a half old and they brought him back and rebuilt him at Johns Hopkins. As I am sure you are, but make sure their is someone there for Shane all the time. Also be sure to read his chart everyday and don't take there word on everything just because they are doctors and nurses. We will continue to pray for you. One in ten children are born with a heart defect. It is an awful thing to see the little ones suffer. Take care God is with you.

January 25, 2003, 10:20 PM
Man, some great news (sorry I'm late to say so). Glad he's home, glad it is looking up, glad it is continueing to stay looking good. Here's to the hope that things will soon be as normal as possible. (where's the beer glass toasting smilie :D )

February 27, 2003, 09:39 AM
Two months today.

Shane's walking his wife into the ground when they go shopping, etc. (to the mailbox used to be a stretch ... )

Dr visits are at 3 week intervals now & looks like the next CAT-check will allow him to drive again (sternum must mesh first).

Starting (again) to plan out his education & see what he wants to be "when he grows up." ;)

A future is perhaps such a strange thing .... :cool:


February 27, 2003, 09:51 AM
So good to hear this news! Thanks for sharing and give him our best.

February 27, 2003, 10:08 AM
Hey, Labgrade, that's great! Out of the woods seems a bit closer, eh? :)

TFL Survivor

February 27, 2003, 10:52 AM
Very cool.

February 27, 2003, 11:30 AM
As much as I love the woods, being out of them is a very :cool: thing - no doubt.

That this young man is contemplating his future is so unbelieveably wonderful - as there was none previously; more of a day-to-day-thing beforehand .....

Just off the phone w/Shane - a Happy 2-month "Birthday" ....

Just cool as all get out all 'round.

February 27, 2003, 01:10 PM
Fabulous news!:D

February 27, 2003, 01:30 PM
Good news indeed :D

February 27, 2003, 01:42 PM
Whew! Great update, Labgrade. :neener:

February 27, 2003, 02:17 PM
Thanks for the update, Labgrade. So nice to hear Shane is doing well. Whatever the future brings to him, he has quite a family (in Colorado and online) to stand with him.

February 27, 2003, 02:19 PM
That's good news!! Thanks for the update, Labgrade.;)

February 27, 2003, 02:23 PM

Most excellent to hear that things are going well!:)

Bob Locke
February 27, 2003, 10:19 PM

(insert film of Bob doing the Happy Dance in the computer room)

February 27, 2003, 11:19 PM
Fantastic! I'm so happy everything has turned out so well.:)

February 28, 2003, 06:30 AM
Truly, a Cause for Celebration!!!!!:D :cool:

February 28, 2003, 07:21 AM
Great news Labgrade. :D


Pappy John
February 28, 2003, 09:26 AM
So great to hear. Thanks, Lord.

March 2, 2003, 02:16 AM
Thanks, folks (again & as always - what a tremendous community).

While we rejoice in Shane's recovery, (& this is a hat's in the air 3X Yip, yip, yippee! kinda thing), we can only be saddened by those others who somehow are not so fortunate.

Our own personal close-knit community has ailing folk & with Peter's friend too, not so close, but closer than I can mention, I can only pray for how we've been blessed - & that his own be as well.

I do shake my head at my inability to understand it all .....

I haven't the words for either side of the equation.

September 2, 2003, 10:53 AM
I owe y'all an update. You were very much a part of what happened & how it played out from my perspective as The Ladies did their bit, while I was "holding the fort," so to speak - seemed a bit lonely with the house/s empty & all.

Nope. That's not right. The Ladies held the fort, while I did my bit - "hauling the trash," I think I'd mentioned. Lot of mundane things needed doing while the important things happening at the hospital. Hope you understand the difference. Had to make that clear (at least to myself).

I do thank you all & our kids' family down south most certainly appreciated y'all's involvement.

We had a "It's been six months & you're alive!" party 6/28. It's now been just past 8 months after the X-plant. Shane is doing very well indeed (although with some "wahs!" regards he just wants to live a completely normal life). The minor bitching about some necesseties is, in my way of thinking, is a good thing.

Coupla-few weeks back, Shane's wife was diagnosed with MS.

On top of diagnosis, medications to forestal, yada, but sometimes hard to come to grips with what a family might be tasked.

We're well as a family & closer than ever. The hard times seem to make one draw strength .....

Figured I owed y'all an update. & it wouldn't hurt to send a few prayers back this way again.

Steve Smith
September 2, 2003, 11:01 AM
The prayers continue, man. Ya'll stay strong.

September 2, 2003, 11:03 AM
Agreed, Sean. We're still praying for you all, labgrade...

September 2, 2003, 11:13 AM
I'm saddened to hear of your daughter in law's problem now. My brother had MS the last twenty or so years of his life. While being limited in many ways, he lived a full life.

God never gives burdens He does not share. Not that I understand why some folks get more than what seems to be fair, but I know God sustains those who seek Him.

I will pray for all of you, Labgrade.

Larry Ashcraft
September 2, 2003, 01:09 PM
Pullin' for ya, labgrade...

Seems like our lives are intertwined, although we've never met (altho we will in a few days). My daughter was diagnosed with MS about 4 years ago. I've learned a lot about the disease since then. We can talk about it at the get-together, but the 3 things that are most important are diet, exercise and especially attitude. My daughter has kept a upbeat "This thing ain't gonna beat me" attitude and she is very happy because she started her teaching career (2nd grade) last year. She hasn't had any additional symptoms in 4 years (she does take medications).

Hang in there man.

September 2, 2003, 05:52 PM
It just keeps coming, doesn't it, Labgrade? Prayers for Shane and his wife on the way.

September 2, 2003, 06:43 PM
Thank you for the update, labgrade. Glad to hear Shane continues to do well, and very sorry to hear about his wife's illness. Will keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.

September 2, 2003, 09:08 PM
God bless you and all your loved ones Labgrade.

Charlie & Julie Homrighouse.

September 3, 2003, 02:06 AM
Labgrade...Continued prayers from my home to you and yours.


January 3, 2004, 09:27 PM
Just past a year.

Should've posted an update on the anniversary - I blew it.

Shane's pumpin iron & getting "fat" - for a skinny kid. ;) Buffin' up.

Michelle's holding her own - a very staunch Lady! Would never know unless told.

Christmas with them & the grandkids was a true blessing.

A year later & who woulda thunk? ;)

Seems their house - a 2-story-thing - has a pair of red boxing gloves mounted over a "KEEP ON FIGHTING" plaque just outside all the bedroom doors & above the descent towards the "living level."

Seems those gloves have made a huge impression on this family.

& friends, neighbors & just plain lurker-types, if you look back in this thread's chronology, you'll find that those gloves may have turned the tide for my "adopted" son's life.

Such an expression of a human touch.

I'm in awe of someone to bother to find, purchase, mail - do all those little things to make such a huge difference to someone they've never known - other than by a sig-line over an electronic media.

So very significant

The Gloved One wishes to remain secret & what can one do but honor that?

Thanks, GO, & to all who chimed in on a rather trying, but blessed road - all told.

January 4, 2004, 09:44 AM
Good news! Thanks for the update.

Ed Straker
January 4, 2004, 01:30 PM
I actually know Labgrade and his wife, through TRT activities. Just found out about this, and prayers sent.

January 4, 2004, 07:26 PM
Jeez.... I feel like a real doofus, and an ucaring lout.

I missed this entirely.

So happy all is well. I will continue to keep you in my thaughts.

April 29, 2004, 04:56 PM
16 months & Shane's in a severe rejection-mode.

We don't know yet to what extent - could be just steroids, or another total heart transplant .... we're still not sure & time will tell .....

Broken hearts here for such a huge successs - I canot be more sad .....

Larry Ashcraft
April 29, 2004, 05:20 PM
Pullin' for Shane, Labgrade. Let us know if there is anything we can do (other than pray, I mean).

April 29, 2004, 05:25 PM
Prayers sent...

April 29, 2004, 06:32 PM
Hang in there, Labgrade. Prayer can help.

April 29, 2004, 06:48 PM
I'm so sorry to hear the news, labgrade. Will keep Shane and his family in my prayers, and join hands with everyone here to support him. Please keep us updated.

April 29, 2004, 07:07 PM
Sorry to hear this news. Prayers on the way.

April 29, 2004, 08:03 PM
Add my prayers to the list.

April 29, 2004, 08:06 PM

Greg L
April 29, 2004, 08:13 PM

Good thoughts heading west.

April 29, 2004, 08:16 PM
Best wishes to your family, Labgrade. :(

April 29, 2004, 08:43 PM
prayers sent brother......keep hanging in there

Joe Gunns
April 29, 2004, 10:03 PM
Prayers made. Will continue in prayer.
The LORD's blessing and strength with you as well!

Black Majik
April 29, 2004, 11:02 PM
Prayers sent to you and your family. Hang in there.

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