Friday, June 13, 2008

GREAT NEWS! And also no news, which is bad news...

Alfredito's out of the hospital!

Hilariously, this is about the happiest facial expression I've ever seen on him:


He is one serious little hombre.

Anyway, here's the latest from Iván...
Dear Friends,

GOOD NEWS!!!!!

WE ARE OUT OF THE HOSPITAL!!!!!

Yesterday, after we were told that we would be at the hospital for at least another 10 days, the nephrologists decided that Alfredo could continue treatment out of the hospital. So, we left yesterday afternoon after 48 days.

Needless to say that this was an adventure that none of us wish to go through again.

Alfredito is still hurting from the last surgery but he is getting better everyday. When he saw that Antonia started packing in the morning he begun saying “VAMONOS MAMI” (Let’s go Mom). At the moment he is on dialysis every 3 hours. Once more fluid can be introduced in his belly, the exchanges could be spaced out to 4 or 5 hours between them.

Alfredito and Antonia will stay in the home of Silvia and Harold Schubert. Both of them and Juanita (Silvia’s mother) have been 3 angels sent from heaven. Antonia and I could not have gone through all this without their help. My appreciation to them is beyond anything words can express. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

Both of them will stay at the Schubert’s until our return to El Salvador at the end of the month.

I also want to THANK ALL OF YOU out there who have called, prayed for us, sent well wishes, come to the hospital, sent us cards, sent checks, sent us food, calling cards, sent hugs and kisses, given me work when I could get out of the hospital, listened to me when I needed to talk to somebody and supported all this process in one way or another. MY ETERNAL GRATITUDE TO ALL.

So, that was the good news.

The “NO NEWS” is exactly that. We have received no news whatsoever from the doctors in El Salvador.

At first they replied to our e-mails and requested all sort of information on Alfredo’s condition, treatment, tests, etc. Once the hospital sent everything they asked for and inquired if they would be able to continue Alfredo’s treatment and in what conditions, they simply vanished.

No word, nada, zip, niet. I am hoping to get in touch with them next week to figure out what is going on and what is going to happen. I will keep you all posted.

Regards,

Iván

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