Sharing the difficult things
I didn’t want to write about this again because things – good and bad – happen to all people. I along with my family are definitely not unique in that way. In fact, we have a lot of things to be thankful for.
But the reason I’m writing this time is to ask you for a favor, if at all possible.
I’m not going to rehash what happened to my dad this past summer while I was in Lebanon, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read the post here. Suffice it to say my dad had to be admitted into the hospital again yesterday after doing what has come to be a routine blood test (he gets regular blood tests done by his cardiologist and hematologist every few weeks to see how he is reacting to the medication they have him on).
I didn’t find out until this morning because I happened to call my parents to check on them since they “fail” (or rather don’t want to “burden” me as they put it) to tell me about these sorts of things.
In any case, I had been noticing when I would speak to my dad on Skype that he looked unusually tired the past week or two. During his routine blood test yesterday, his doctor found that one of the medications he is on must have dropped his red blood cell count by a lot, so he had to be admitted, was given a blood transfusion, and is now being monitored.
My mom said he’s doing much better today and even my dad said he feels a lot better. I half believe them because, as I mentioned, they usually fail to tell me about health-related issues so I’m never 100% sure if they are trying not to worry me or if my dad is genuinely feeling better. Hopefully he’ll be going home tomorrow.
Let me circle back around to the favor I’d like to ask. My dad has blood issues (had them for a couple of years now) and his doctors don’t know what the exact cause is (it’s not cancer), but they are treating him and doing their best (he has some pretty good and wonderful doctors – to this I can definitely attest to since I met all of them this summer).
If you are able to and haven’t ever done so or haven’t done so in a while, I’d like to ask that you go to your nearest blood donation center and either donate blood or platelets, wherever you are in the world. I’ve booked an appointment to do so myself later this week.
If you cannot donate blood, I ask that you might think of donating money or your time. It’s just one way we can help those who are in need when an emergency hits.
I hope and pray my dad will be ok.