Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We've arrived!

It's 7:45 here in New Dehli, we arrived at the hospital late last night and Neysa left to her hotel and we went to bed around 1am. Dad slept really well until staff came in to take his vitals around 6am. We have a view out of our room of a beautiful park. Some men were out there running around before 6am.

Can I say, THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED MILES! You paid for both my dad and my trip with donated miles. We flew with Continental in a 777 through "Careforce" and it was amazing. The plane was huge and very accommodating. We had personal TV's with games, music, sitcoms, and movies. Our chairs were comfy and the meal made me want a bigger stomach. Dad did okay. I could tell he was uncomfortable at times, and he was headed to the bathroom about every 2-3 hours.

Upon arrival we were met with a wheelchair. They wheeled us through baggage and customs within minutes and right to an ambulance. Neysa went with the luggage in a separate car. They hooked dad up to monitor his heart and oxygen intake and everything was normal. Then we went to the emergency room and were flooded with questions about his past history and medications. They will continue what the doctor gave him on Sunday because they want to make sure he's moving fluids through his body and make sure he doesn't start having the ammonia affect his brain again. The doctor in the emergency room last night is on Dr.Gupta's team. He said they will probably drain dad today and then Dr. Gupta will come in to see him. Dr. Gupta has another liver transplant today. I asked if there was a possibility that we get in earlier than April 1st and they said it will take about a week to do all the testing, have him see a dentist (?) and have him stable. They want to start the testing after the jet lag is over with.

I don't feel much jet lag but I did feel like I was floating last night before I got some sleep. I'm wide awake this morning and only slept about 2 solid hours. I'm sure it will hit me later.

Oh yeh, did I mention there was a TON of traffic last night at 10pm? People were honking at the ambulance. We had no right of way. The pollution is overwhelming and there's a constant stink in the air. Dad and I were trying to come up with a good way to describe it, but I'll just say, a small mix of sulfur or some type of chemical and a small part sewer. We can smell it everywhere, even in our hospital room. I wish I brought a few bottles of Between the Sheets but I only brought one. I'm sure we'll get used to it. Upon entering the hospital I remembered JoAnn from World Med Assist telling me that India seems to be time warped about 30 years. That's right. There appeared to be a shortage of stethoscopes and blood pressure machines in the ER. The lady brought a scale to weigh dad when we got to our room and (mom) it looks like the scale we had in the bathroom when I was little! Remember the green one?

Anyways, I'm going to venture out into the hospital today and look around. I would like to find the "nice" part of the hospital that was in the youtube video. Don't get me wrong, it's not horrible, just really not what I expected.


  1. Hello from New Mexico!!
    I was extremely relieved to get news from Aunt Barb that you had arrived this morning. I am happy that you took the time to catch us up on your first day there. Get some rest and know that we and our friends here in Albuquerque, that know Uncle Mike from Red River Memorial Day runs are all praying for him. Love to all three of you!!!

  2. So glad to hear you got there safely and aside from being overcome with bad air, it sounds like things are going smoothly. Prayers and love coming your way!

    I am making my Renee Head tomorrow for convention, also, I posted on my blog about your journey.

    You next blog step is to go to and load that on your page so you can see where all the visitors are coming from on your blog. If you have trouble let me know and I will do a video to show you how.

  3. Hi Renee and Neysa-

    I'm so glad to hear you all arrived safely. I'll let me family know. Thanks for keeping us posted!

    Kelly G.

  4. I'm so glad you guys arrived safely. I would have never guessed that you were such an amazing writer!
    Love, hugs and prayers to your family. I love your updates.