Some people have been wondering what is ultimately wrong with my dad, and here is the down low . . .
Dad was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia last year in August. Ususally this type of Leukemia is managable, but not cure-able. It is managed by Chemo therapy.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the white blood cells and bone marrow. The bone marrow is the spongy inner part of bones where blood cells are produced. White blood cells arise from the marrow and circulate in the blood. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is characterized by uncontrolled growth of blood cells.
Back in June Dad was undergoing Chemo Therapy, and was not scheduled for another 3 months. For some unknown reason his CLL grew out of control, which was causing him some liver problems. He did not feel well and went into the hospital because he had signs of jaundice, and was not feeling well. He was admitted to the hospital, and then contracted pneumonia. After a week in the hospital in Price, he was tranfered to the Huntsmans Cancer Center in Salt Lake City. There they were treating him for the pneumonia and also trying to gain control again of his CLL. He continued to get really sick as they began, but now we think they are on the right track.
Dad is still really sick, but he is a fighter. He is recieving Chemo Therapy, which makes his immune system obsolete, but so far so good! He has really dont well! His jaundice levels are still really high (which make his skin and eyes a yellowish color!), but all of his other levels are begining to do better! Like the doctor said, "We're not out of the woods, but right now we can see the edge!"