Several weeks ago, I informed the Eastgate congregation about the medical issues that my Dad is facing and asked you to include him and my Mom in your prayers. Over the past few weeks, several have asked about how he and my Mom are doing.
“How are your parents?” is actually a difficult question to answer. They are in good spirits...as a family, we are confident that God hears and answers our prayers as we struggle through this part of life.
Last Wednesday (February 21, 2018), he put the following on Facebook, which more informatively explains his condition.
Update on Jim Dye and his health conditions.
Some are aware of his declining health and treatment. October 1, 2004 he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). This is a family of rare disorders in which the bone marrow fails to make enough healthy red blood cells, white blood cells or platelets. Over the last 4 years he has been treated for this condition, but as it advances, the treatments, injections and infusions become less effective. He has been seeing 8 to 10 specialists and has reached a stage of treatment which is not curable. He has opted to move to Palliative Care which is less intense and aggressive.
Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is a specialized medical care for people with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a smaller number of specially-trained doctors, nurses and other specialists. Jim is doing well and less stressed and has a better understanding of the options ahead. This is like any major illness; the timing and care is a part of the LORD’s plan for life.
On behalf of my entire family I ask for your continued prayers for Jim and Barbara Dye (a.k.a. Dad & Mom; a.k.a. Doc & Grammie) as they continue to travel this road of life.