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My name is Kelly Ling and I am starting this GiveSendGo fundraising page on behalf of my husband, Keith Ling.

In June of 2017, Keith was diagnosed with Stage 3 High Grade B Cell Lmyphoma.  At the time, he was employed and we had medical insurance.  After six rounds of chemo, he was given a clean bill of health and released from treatment. He also had one testicle removed and biopsied. It was determined to be benign for cancer.

After his treatment, it was time for his company to renew their employee insurance.  Because of the high cost of his cancer treatment (and other things, according to them), we were asked to find our own insurance. At that time, we signed up with Samaritan Ministries and have been very thankful for them.  I had medical issues all through 2018 and they have covered most all of them for us.

In November, 2018, he started having issues with a swollen leg and prostate area.  He opted to have the remaining testicle removed after it was determined to be cancerous.  His lymphoma had also returned and was making him very ill.  On top of that, his leg had swelled up from a strep infection.  He was admitted to the hospital and was there for three weeks, starting chemo again and getting two weeks of antibotic infusions for treatment of the strep infection.  He has also had three more rounds of chemo since January.

Because this is considered a pre-existing condition, Samaritan can only share it with their members as a "special need" which means that we have no guarantees that we will receive the monies necessary to pay all the remaining bills.

Because his cancer had returned so quickly, the doctors recommended that we proceed with a bone marrow transplant.  Thankfully, his own bone marrow is clean and healthy and will be used for the transplant.  It will be performed in April, 2019. The recovery time for this type of procedure is estimated to be anywhere from 1 month to 3-6 months. 

Until he is cleared by the doctors, he is unable to work.  He is still "employed" but is not receiving any salary due to not being able to work.  Our family, friends, and church have come along beside us and assisted us with monies that have helped tremendously.  However, this timeframe is going to be much longer than we were originally told.

That is why we are setting up this fundraiser, to raise funds necessary for maintaining our household.  We have applied and been accepted for assistance for anything related to the hospital until the end of June, 2019.  Two of our children have taken the responsibility of sharing the rent and utilities for us until further notice.  But it appears that there will be more expenses necessary after our assistance runs out - follow up checkups, etc.  So we are trying to plan for what is needed for the rest of the year.

Keith and I are members of Heritage Presbyterian Church in north Georgia.  He is a deacon and longs to resume his duties one day.  We have five children, two still at home, and one granddaughter.  I have been a work at home mom for over 30 years and have had to place that on hold while being the main caregiver for my husband.

Please prayerfully consider our situation.  We humbly ask for prayers first of all, and any assistance that can be provided after that.  We rest in the comfort that God knows our needs and provides. Thank you.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Melanie Bocock

2019-08-19 16:38:02

Love you!

Gary Scott Ling

2019-08-07 18:27:20

Praying for a speedy recovery

Sarah F Harrington

2019-07-26 17:48:48

Sending your dear family prayers for Keith's recovery

Hank Goedhart

2019-07-22 19:11:52

Praying for good health, and vitality.

Jennifer P Horne

2019-07-19 21:36:31

Bless you two. Holding y'all up in prayer.

Anonymous

2019-07-15 11:12:17

May God bless you both through this struggle, as you have blessed many with your Quote of the Day.

Lydia Scialabba

2019-07-14 22:29:22

Lifting y’all up in prayer, Keith & Kelly, for comfort, perseverance, & complete healing! CHRIST is bigger than “little c”! May He be glorified through your pain, trials, & victories! Love to you & yours! Love, Lydia, Your Sister-in-Christ & your Sister-in-the-c-Battle

Fred W Schenck

2019-06-08 19:34:00

Raffle entry test donation

Anonymous

2019-05-31 18:45:28

Praise God for hearing the prayers of His people.

Anonymous

2019-05-30 22:08:21

With love and prayers for healing!

Regan Judson

2019-05-09 14:38:26

From a friend at QQ. Stay strong!!

Chrystie Moody

2019-05-09 00:09:02

God speed. ❤️

Judy Rogers

2019-04-20 19:28:36

Keith and Kelly, We are holding you up before the Lord for "grace to help in time of need!" - Wayne and Judy Rogers

Anonymous

2019-04-20 13:08:26

Praying for God’s strength and healing

Elizabeth Pearson

2019-04-17 20:59:14

Praying for you all, we love you!

Anonymous

2019-04-17 03:41:43

From a friend at QQ. Be well, Keith.

Anonymous

2019-04-17 01:41:34

May God bring healing and bless you. I am blessed by the daily quotes all the way up in Canada.

Anonymous

2019-04-14 22:41:16

Hopes and Prayers for you and your family, hope you are feeling well soon - Snood from QQ

Fred W Schenck

2019-04-14 03:02:46

May God bless you and yours in all ways and forever. You are Love(d). I wish you peace

Jean Osborne

2019-04-13 12:20:01

Praying

Deberah G Landers

2019-04-13 07:35:19

Praying for Keith and the transplant. Glory to God!

Anonymous

2019-04-12 17:11:51

Praying for you both every day.

Tony L Puentes

2019-04-09 02:31:04

Blessings, beloved of God.

Jacqueline M Lucas

2019-04-08 01:04:32

God bless you, Keith.

Christopher Lillie

2019-04-07 23:19:10

Praying for your speedy recovery

Tana Lee Foster

2019-04-03 22:19:44

May God bless and keep you.

Mary I Thomas

2019-04-01 03:17:44

Keeping you all in our prayers, confident in God's provision for you!!

Kim A Renshaw

2019-03-27 23:01:42

Praying for you both!

Susan Glennan

2019-03-27 22:33:46

Love you guys!

Anonymous

2019-03-27 14:53:58

He will never leave nor forsake you.

Barbara Dunn

2019-03-27 01:23:36

Praying for full recovery

William J Mencarow

2019-03-20 14:16:00

Kelly & Keith, this isn't nearly as valuable as our prayers! "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." -- Prov. 3:5,6 -- Bill & Alison Mencarow

Anonymous

2019-03-20 04:37:10

Praying for the Holy Spirit to guide you through this new challenge!

Iebella J Berghoef

2019-03-20 01:35:01

Kelly & Keith, we continue to pray for you and your family. May You feel God’s Presence moment by moment! Love, Elly Berghoef

We're Back at Home! Please read!
August 13, 2019, 7:26 pm

I just wanted to thank everyone for their prayers for my husband.  After spending nearly a month in the hospital, the doctors were no closer to what was wrong with him than before.  All tests indicated that his cancer HAD NOT returned (we praise God for that!).  They finely said that he had a virus that was not responding to their treatment.  So, I brought him home under hospice care.

As of right now, he’s not been getting any worse.  In fact, he seems to be improving very slowly, but I do see improvement.  Right now, I am his full-time caregiver and coach!  

Please keep Keith Ling in your prayers.  And myself, that I can keep up the grueling task of 24 hour care.  Please pray that he continues to improve and will one day be restored to health.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Kelly Ling

Going Home
August 7, 2019, 7:57 am

In a couple of hours, I go pick up Keith to bring him home.  According to the doctors, they don't know what virus he came down with but he is not responding to their treatment and they don't have anything else they can do for him.  So we asked to be discharged today so he can go home on hospice care.

Just so you know, I still don't think God is done with him yet.  If He is, we are "at peace" about it.  But I am researching and getting ready to work with him on swallowing again and getting good nutrition.  Please pray for us on this part of the journey - we will need a lot of it.  Please pray for his spirits, that they would rebound when he is able to be at home.  Please pray that God would protect him from any infection at this point because all his blood counts are low.  And pray that his swallow muscles would strengthen with exercise and that he would be able to at least drink some smoothies to get some immediate nutrition.

Thanks for all the love and support.  Please continue to pray for us daily as we seek to serve him.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Praising God for a Little Good News!
August 2, 2019, 2:39 pm

Today, we finally got some good news about Keith's cancer.  It DOES NOT appear to have come back.  What a blessing that is!  

So now it's on to figuring out why he has been ill.  We just saw the neurologist and the oncologist and they are going to start Keith on in IV infusion of blood products, called IVIG.  It's supposed to help with immunotherapy and inflammatory issues.  It will be interesting to see if there is any immediate effect.

I've also had them reduce the amount of pain meds he's been on.  He has been much more alert and interactive with me today.  It has been a wonderful change.  And there is music back on in the room!  :-)

I'll keep everyone posted.  Thanks for much for the continued prayers and support.  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Praising God for a Little Good News!
August 2, 2019, 2:39 pm

Today, we finally got some good news about Keith's cancer.  It DOES NOT appear to have come back.  What a blessing that is!  

So now it's on to figuring out why he has been ill.  We just saw the neurologist and the oncologist and they are going to start Keith on in IV infusion of blood products, called IVIG.  It's supposed to help with immunotherapy and inflammatory issues.  It will be interesting to see if there is any immediate effect.

I've also had them reduce the amount of pain meds he's been on.  He has been much more alert and interactive with me today.  It has been a wonderful change.  And there is music back on in the room!  :-)

I'll keep everyone posted.  Thanks for much for the continued prayers and support.  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Long Overdue Update on Keith Ling
August 1, 2019, 10:04 am

I know this update is long past due, but things have been a little crazy for me lately.  

Keith has been in the hospital now for two and a half weeks.  During that time, he has been bombarded with test after test to determine what is wrong with him.  To date, we STILL have no official diagnosis.

The first thougth of the doctors was that his cancer had already returned again.  They have run all kinds of tests to verify that and NOTHING has come back that conclusively says he has cancer again.  

Since we've been here, he's had two PET scans, 3 lumbar punctures, a bone marrow biopsy, and several other tests.  His bone marrow is still coming through as clean.  Two days ago, they did another lumbar puncture (3rd one in a week).  We should have their results from this later today.

In addition to all this, he's experienced facial droop (Bell's Palsey), lost his voice (weak vocal cords), and has been unable to swallow real well.  He is on an intravenous nutritional solution and is only allowed to have ice chips to moisten his mouth at this time.  Needless to say, it's been a little miserable.

Yesterday, he was finally able to get up and walk around.  The physical therapist came in to work with him and got him down one of the hallways for a short walk.  That was big for him.  The speech therapist was also in and was able to get some noise out of him.  She is also working with him on his swallowing muscles.

Here are several things that you can specifically pray about;

1.  That we would get some idea soon on what's wrong with him and how to treat it.

2.  That his Bell's Palsey would resolve.  This syndrome is mostly considered temporary and usually resolves in anywhere from 3 weeks to six months.  I know this would make him feel so much better!

3.  That his vocal cords would continue to regain their strength.

4.  That he would be able to swallow better and start eating soon.  The alternative is to put a tube into his stomach indefinitely.

Also pray that the pain he continues to feel would start to resolve.  He is still on two opiode meds for that.  

It's been very tough these past several weeks.  But we have seen how God continues to work through us, as imperfect as we are.  Some of the nurses actually request to have us as their patient.  Go figure!  :-)  Others come in when we have music on and are then able to share that they too are Christians and love the Lord.  It is a blessing to hear that they are not hindered from speaking of their faith. 

We don't know what God has in store for us.  We ask that you continue to be in constant pray for complete healing.  We also ask you to pray that God will continually supply our financial needs during this time.  Keith is still on unpaid leave from his job.

I am very grateful that I am in a position of being able to be with him constantly.  He needs me here to be his advocate.  While hospitals mean well, they without difficulties for the patients.

God is good - all the time.  And all the time, God is good!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

PLEASE PRAY FOR KEITH LING RIGHT NOW!
July 25, 2019, 11:39 am

Ladies - Please be in prayer for my husband. We have been in the hospital since midnight, Saturday the 13th. They still don't have a definitive reason why he is so sick. He can't eat, they are feeding him through an IV, or take water. I can only swab out his mouth, his swallowing is very weak. The DR was thinking his cancer had returned, but now they don't know. The pathologist has only said that there are "suspicious" cells. They also wondered his bone marrow transplant had been compromised or failed, but tests confirm that his bone marrow is good. Please pray that the labs come back ASAP so they can start treatment for whatever it is. We are holding fast to God's word!

Soli Deo Gloria

Kelly Ling
 

Update - The Fervent Prayers of a Righteous Man Availeth Much!
July 19, 2019, 11:09 am

Dear family and friends:

I've been composing this update several times in my head and just haven't had the time to do so.  Things are so upside down now that even the doctors don't know what's going on with him.

Keith has been in the hospital since early Sunday morning.  I brought him in because of vomitting and not being able to keep anything down.  While the vomiting has ceased, he is still having issues with drinking and swallowing.  

He has gone through a battery of tests over the last couple of days and none of them are conclusive about anything.  He has all-over body pain which they can't explain and they continue to give him opiodes to manage that.  Personally, I think that is most of our problem, but I can't get any of the doctors to listen to me.

I'm not going to be able to give you all my thoughts here.  All I can say is PLEASE PRAY for his recovery.  As I write this, he is scheduled for yet another scan to rule out any blood clots.  All of this has gone down in about the last 14 days.  

We are holding on to our Sovereign Lord and Saviour through all this.  He has been so good to us.  

We love you all.  Sola Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

PLEASE PRAY FOR KEITH!
July 14, 2019, 5:25 pm

My time is extremely limited right now, so I'm posting this update that our elder just sent out about Keith.  Please keep him in your prayers!

Kelly Ling
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I just spoke with Kelly and Keith is back in the hospital after not being able to keep any food or even beverages down for over a week. At this point, he cannot even swallow his medications. He's on fluids at the hospital as they endeavor to determine the cause. His blood work is as good as can be expected given the chemotherapy he has undergone. Initial x-rays were inconclusive and a procedure is scheduled tomorrow to get a camera into his system to take a look and prayerfully determine the cause.

Kelly requests prayer for Keith's spirits as this is all adding up to a huge emotional toll. Medically pray that the procedure tomorrow will determine the cause and that the issue will be something readily treatable and remediable so he can get regular nutrition and back on the road to recovery in his battle with cancer.

Keep the entire Ling family in your prayers as the ongoing strain must be enormous. Praise God that He is sufficient to all our needs and even this is part of His plan for His victory, though we struggle to see how. We must cling to living by faith and not by sight.


 

Day #72 Post Transplant - Another Day Down, 28 to Go!
June 24, 2019, 9:24 pm

Hi, everyone.  Today is Day #72 since his transplant.  Tonight, I come asking for some specific prayer requests that have me a little concerned.

First of all, I ask for prayer for Keith's left leg.  Back in January, he was hospitalized on antibiotics for three weeks with a streph infection in that leg that had caused it to swell to about 3 times its normal size.  Recently, I've noticed some swelling starting up again.  He is not able to wear socks very often right now since it restricts the flow in that ankle/leg. And by the end of the day, I can see the swelling in the leg - it is starting to become noticeable.  My plan is to call the DR tomorrow to see if we need to have it looked at again.

We were also to get assistance again for the next six months.  Not at 100% coverage, but at least 54%.  That will be helpful.  We hope to not have as many bills and hope that he is able to work again so we can keep up.

Just please keep him in your prayers.  Please pray that he would not be so discouraged that things have not improved as rapidly as we thought they would.  Please pray that the leg swelling would not be a set back.  And that the 100th day would show great improvement overall.

I'm attaching a picture of Keith enjoying fellowship at our son Jonathan's impromptu engagement party yesterday.



May God bless each of you as you continue to serve Him.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

Day #67 Post Transplant - A Little Bit of a Setback, Waiting on More Info 
June 19, 2019, 11:11 am

Hi, everyone.  It's been a little while since I've updated you on Keith's progress.  Today is Day #67 since his transplant.  And there's never a "dull" moment.    

This past Monday, June 17th, we had a visit with his local oncologist for blood work and an evaluation.  The doctor said that his white blood count had dropped a little, but didn't seem to be overly concerned.  We see him again in 3 weeks.

We just got in the results this morning and I have a call in the doctor's office for some clarification.  Two of his counts that had been going up have since gone down - his white blood count (below normal again) and his platelets.  His red blood counts have gone up into the normal range.  I hope to have some more clarification on why they think this has happened.  As everyone who is on the internet knows, googling for more information doesn't take too much time.  I did find places where some people have their white counts go down when they are on a certain antibiotic that he is currently on.  That is definitely going to be a question I pose to the doctor.

As far as work goes, the doctor didn't say anything about him being able to go back to work yet.  Looks like he'll be out at least the initial 100 days which ends on July 21st.  However, at the time we also have to go back to the Bone Marrow Transplant doctor for several tests, scans, and evaluations.

I am currently waiting to hear on our assistance with the hospital.  Please pray that they will extend it another six months.  We have been on a medical share plan for 18 months that has done well, but this is considered pre-existing and wasn't covered.

He's still pretty tired, although he doesn't sleep during the day anymore.  He takes time out on the couch and will watch TV or listen to music.  He's trying to get his music room set back up to enjoy, but is waiting on a couple of small pieces he needs to cable everything back together.  We were able to enjoy some time with our son, daughter-in-law, and grand daughter this past week.  

Please continue prayers for his hand pain.  At some time in the future, we will be going back to our family doctor and possibly exploring acupuncture.  I'm hoping to get him some relief from the constant pain and having to take medication for it.

Thank you for all your continued prayers and support.  The financial contributions have definitely helped us get through this in a way that I hadn't thought possible.  God is so good - even when we don't deserve it.

May God bless each of you as you continue to serve Him.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

Day #48 Post Transplant - Still Here and Getting Stronger
May 30, 2019, 8:44 pm

Hi, everyone.  It's been a little while since I've updated you on Keith's progress.  Thought I'd put something together tonight.  :-)

Today is Day #48 since his transplant.  At this time, we no longer have to handle daily visits or infusions.  This in what I call the "maintenance" stage.  

He had a visit with his local oncologist on May 22nd.  All they did was blood work and have us meet with the doctor whom we hadn't seen in several months.  He said that he thought Keith was looking pretty good and his blood work appeared to back that up.  His red blood count and platelets were still a little low at that time, so we expect better results at his next appointment on June 17th.



Right now, his days are filled with making sure he eats good meals, reading, getting plenty of sleep, occassionally getting a trip out for good behavior, etc.  His hair is still not growing back, but that's probably because of the transplant.  However, he doesn't look as gaunt and is getting around fairly well.  Right now, he takes an antibiotic three times a week (for approx. six months) and an antiviral (daily, for at least a year) in addition to his pain medicine for his hand pain.

I know that he would appreciate your prayers for his hand pain.  We're not sure what caused it, but it came about just prior to his first round of cancer.  He's had carpal tunnel surgery for it, but feels like it is possibly severe arthritis.  And it's on his primary hand.  He is no longer able to play guitar or video games with the kids and has had to learn to "just live with it", like many others have to do with chronic ailments.  He would like to get off the prescibed pain meds, so that is something we are working towards.  Just trying to find something else that will help him with pain management.

As far as work goes, our DR said that he would re-evaluate how he is doing and decide on June 17th if he can go back to work part-time soon, eventually working back into full-time work.  Right now, he is continually focusing on getting better and healthier.

Also, please pray that we are able to get assistance for the remaining of his treatment.  Our assistance with anything related to the hospital ends on June 30th.  Today, I reapplied for assistance to get us through the follow up visits, scans, and procedures that he will undergo for at least the next year or two.  We have medical coverage on everything else, but because this cancer came back a second time in less than five years, it wasn't covered.  

Thank you for all your continued prayers and support.  The financial contributions have definitely helped us get through this in a way that I hadn't thought possible.  God is so good - even when we don't deserve it.

May God bless each of you as you continue to serve Him.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Day #31 Post Transplant - Another Milestone Has Been Met!
May 13, 2019, 8:45 pm

So thankful that we have met another milestone in Keith's treatment today!  

This morning, we had an appointment to get his labs checked again.  Friday, his platelets had dropped a little, and they just wanted to make sure they weren't near their required counts for a transfusion.  Thankfully, they had gone back up some over the weekend.  

Next on the list was to get his Trifusion port taken out which was a huge milestone to him.  And because it was a "removal", there was no need for fasting or anything stenuous other than the wait to have it done.  We were able to get back home by 3 PM and avoid the Georgia 400 afternoon traffic.

All in all, he is starting to feel better every day.  He gets up in the morning, eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and occassionally rests during the day (not as often as before).  He is starting to regain some strength and agility.  For me, it is just good to see his old self returning.  

We were actually able to attend our church for worship this past Sunday.  It was a real blessing for both of us.  

Next on the list of milestones is to get discharged from the Bone Marrow Transplant group back to his oncologist.  This will help us tremendously since the oncologist is only about 15 mins from the house, not almost an hour away like the Bone Marrow Transplant group.  We will only see them occassionally from now on.

Hopefully, the oncologist will give us a better idea on where we go from here.  Keith would like to get back to work soon.  He's ready to feel better and productive again.  Thankfully, the company he works for is only 10 mins away from our home.  He's already let them know that he may be able to come back to work soon.  Please pray that they will let him.

Meanwhile, we have a lot of things to get caught up on at home - repairs, helping my youngest son get a job, and more.  Since 2017, either Keith or I have been hospitalized and on daily hospital visits for some time.  Hopefully, we can both continue to improve and regain our ability. 

We will continue to keep this page updated over the next several months as this progress.  We are so thankful for all of you - family, church family, friends - we needed you behind us and you were there.  God has provided for us through you.

Just a side note:  Keith is selling some of his music collection to help with our expenses.  If you are interested in what he has to offer, please email me at ladysham@comcast.net and I'll forward you the list.  They include all different kinds of format, but are mostly music in the rock or progressive rock genre.  :-)

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

 

Day #26 Post Transplant - Things are more encouraging!
May 8, 2019, 9:30 pm

Well, this is my second time trying to update this page tonight.  Let's try again.  I hope I don't forget anything!  :-)

Keith is finally starting to feel better and his energy is increasing.  He is not sleeping during the day very much (occasional nap) and is starting to sleep much better at night.  His stomach is finally starting to settle down and is not giving him very many issues.  He is starting to eat a little more and foods are starting to taste better to him than they were before.  That is an encouraging sign.

The five blood markers they have been watching are finally starting to improve.  In fact, two of the five have now gotten back up into "normal" range and the other three are getting there.  His platelets are still low, but they are improving each time he gets them checked.  

We had a visit for lab work this past Tuesday.  Another one is scheduled for Friday.  It's nice not having to go down every day.  Monday, May 13th, he will be able to get the "trifusion" apparatus removed.  This was what they used to give him the daily IVs he had to have.  Since he no longer will be getting chemo or IVs, they are able to remove it. 

We also found out that on Friday, May 17th, we will be officially discharged from the Bone Marrow Transplant of Georgia group at Northside Atlanta.  His treatment and appointments will be handled by our oncologist at the Northside Forsyth location which is so much closer to our home.  I'm looking forward to not having to get on GA 400 at 6:15 AM every day to make the long drive down.  

One of our new prayer requests is for wisdom on his vaccinations.  Because his old bone marrow was completely wiped out and replaced, they have told us that he will need to get his vaccinations again.  There are several that, at his age, he probably needs to get.  However, there are others that he may not need.  Please pray that we are able to make good decisions about his health needs.

We would also appreciate prayer about his job and his ability to retain it.  He would like to go back to work and we hope that he will be able to do so in the future.  My hope is that he will feel better in the next 4-6 weeks and be able to possibly start back part-time.  

Also, please pray for me as I seek out what I should be doing.  With my youngest getting ready to get a full-time job and the industry that I've been working in for 30+ years changing, I need to figure out what I am able to do.  And with my health issues, what I am physically able to handle.  Anyone need a Nana for rent?  :-)

We are so thankful for all of you - for the prayers and financial support that we have received.  We have been blessed to have raised about 80% of our need at this time.  It has helped us so much to be able to concentrate on getting Keith's bone marrow transplant and not having to worry about finances and his lack of work.  Our children have also been behind us all the way and we are thankful for that. 

Thank you, dear family, church family, and friends.  You are a blessing to us!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

Day 21 Post Transplant - An MILESTONE Day!
May 3, 2019, 8:57 pm

YAY!  We've reached the first milestone after Keith's bone marrow transplant.  It is day #21!!

1.  Today was the last day of daily fluids since his transplant.
2.  We start an every other day schedule, so we are off tomorrow and Monday!  We have to go on Sunday to get labs done, but not until 10 AM.  A little "sleeping in" time.  
3.  He is already scheduled to get the trifusion (where they hooked up his IVs) out on Monday, May 13th.
4.  He was able to stop almost all the meds except for one.  In about another week to 10 days, he will be on an antibiotic to prevent pneumonia - but only three days a week. That will run for a couple of months.
5.  All his counts that they monitor are starting to improve.  His potassium is the only IV that they gave him on an almost daily basis.  Part of it is because their requirements for the potassium levels are higher than what the "normal" range is and they said as much.

All in all, they were pleased with how his recovery is going.  We also found out today that in the next couple of weeks, we will not have to travel down to the main hospital for all these appointments, but will start going back to Keith's oncologist whose office is only 15 minutes from our home.  We will only have to travel down to the main hospital occassionally.  Not quite sure when this will happen, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks.  How nice it will be not to get up continally at 5:15 AM!

They have a couple of other milestones.  On day 60 after transplant, I know he will undergo a number of tests (not sure if they are just blood tests or others).  On day 100, he will be graduated out of the bone marrow transplant program.

Here are a couple of things we still are not sure about.

1.  When will he be able to be "out in public" again?  It will probably be at least another month before he can go to church again so we wait patiently for that.  
2.  We are hoping that he will be able to go back to work.  He wants to feel productive in his calling.  He's not ready to retire yet (if at all).  :-)

He is having some chemo induced neuropathy in his hands and feet.  I am checking to see if there is anything that will minimize the discomfort that he feels.  Now that all his treatments and fluids are done, we will see what happens with that.  He will also have to have the full gamut of vaccinations since his bone marrow has been completely wiped and replaced.  Not too sure of the schedule on those, still waiting to see.

All in all, today was filled with smiles.  He came home and stayed awake the rest of the day which was an improvement.  Even though we will be at home tomorrow all day - he is so looking forward to BEING AT HOME!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the prayers and support!  Knowing that we had friends and family that we could call on during this time made it easier than being alone.  How thankful we are for the Body of Christ.

We'll keep updating as we go along.  Love to all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Day 16 - Post Bone Marrow Transplant
April 28, 2019, 8:33 pm

Hi everyone!  Believe it or not, today is Day 16 since Keith's Bone Marrow Transplant.  This has certainly been a journey for us, and we praise God for all of you that have prayed, called, emailed, and supported us through this.

Today, we had another day at the infusion center receiving fluids, antibiotics, and potassium.  Thanks to another person who was there, I ended up with some questions for the nurse that gave us some more answers to what is expected going forward.

The protocal is to have 21 days of fluids post transplant, because many people don't eat well after the transplant until about the third week.  I definitely know this was true with Keith.  After the 21 days of fluid, the patient's visits to the infusion center begin to be every other day or every three days, depending upon their health.  At day 60 after the transplant, they do a battery of tests, and at day 100 after transplant, the patient is "released" from the Bone Marrow Transplant and starts to follow up with visits to their own oncologist.



That was good news to hear.  I know that Keith will be encouraged as he begins to have days to start recovering at home instead of making the tiring trip down to the hospital on a daily basis.  It will give us both an opportunity to rejuvenate and semi-resume our lives.  I'm looking forward to being able to "nurse" him back to health at home.

Here are a couple of immediate prayer requests:

  1. That Keith would start feeling better each day and regain some of his strength.  
  2. That his appetite would recover and that the foods would not bother him so much.  We found out that one of the side effects of an anti-naseua medicine he was one is loose stools.  So we are stopping that one since it was "only as needed".  We also found that the Prilosec prescibed as needed causes abdominal pain and extreme gas which has also been one of his recent complaints.  Needless to say, we are stopping that one too unless absolutely necessary.  Hopefully that will help tremendously with some of the extreme discomfort he has been having.
  3. On Thursday, May 2nd, he goes in for a CT scan of his colon.  Please pray that the colitis has resolved itself and needs no further treatment.
  4. Pray that his health continues to improve this week so we can go to a 2-3 day schedule (preferably 3 days) next week.  
Today, our nurse commented on how much better he was looking.  He's starting to get a little more color back in his face.  And a little more fuzz on his head every day!

Thanks to my son Jonathan, I was able to get a break from the daily visits yesterday.  And thanks to one of our friends from church, I will be able to go get my haircut and feel a little more human!  Those little things mean a lot!

Thanks again for reading our updates and praying for our family.  We are in the hollow of the hand of an awesome God - it's the best place we can be!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Day 13 Post Tranplant
April 25, 2019, 7:40 pm

Dear Friends and Family - 

Today is Day 13 Post Transplant for Keith.  Can't believe that it's been almost two weeks! And one whole week of that time was spent in the hospital.

Keith was discharged yesterday.  We came home and he did not do much but sleep and rest.  It was so good for both of us to be in our own bed.  We had a good night of deep and restful sleep and were able to get up early and make it to his daily appointment.

Another blessing today was that the only thing he needed at the infusion center besides fluids and the antibiotics he has to have for another week was two bags of potassium.  With all the fluids they push, that is something that constantly needs to be replenished.  He COULD take pills instead of the infusion, but the pills are "horse pills" and tend to start dissolving before he even gets them down.  So he's opted for the infusion.

One of the transplant doctors stopped by to check on him today.  Talk about a lightning visit - it must have been a 30 second conversation.  I guess not much more needed to be said.  In about another week, he will have another CT scan of his stomach to make sure the colitis has resolved and there are no other issues with that.  The tenderness in his abdomen seems to be going away.  Also, after a day of nothing but Ensure protein drinks, he decided to eat dinner and seems to be handling it very well.

One thing that has been an issue has been getting nauseated on the drive to or from the hospital.  Today, I gave him some nausea meds an hour before we left for the hospital and then another hour before we headed home.  This definitely helped him get home without any upset stomach issues and seemed to help.

The protocol for transplant patients is to go in and have daily fluids for the first 21 days.  For us, the 21 days will end next Friday.  After that, they will evaluate him and determine if we have to continue a while longer on a daily basis or if we can go in less times a week.  Hopefully, we can start winding down our daily visits next week or the week after and eventually get transferred back to the care of our oncologist whose office is so much closer to home.  That will be a big blessing!

Keith enjoying some baseball - or is he?And his hair is starting to grow back.  Just a little fuzz, but it's there!  Here is a picture of him enjoying the baseball game - or is he?  :-)

Through all this, we have been learning again about how our Heavenly Father has His people under the shadow of His wings.  No matter which way this goes, that is where we are abiding.  And there is a sense of peace and comfort in that.  Sometimes I wonder how I can be so calm, that I'm not totally falling apart.  It's only by His grace. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 - And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

Thanks to all of you who have supported us for so many years - through both Keith's bouts with cancer and my foot infection.  We cannot adequately express how much the prayers and support have helped us.  We are so blessed to be a part of the Body of Christ!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling
 

Day 10 Post Transplant
April 22, 2019, 8:10 pm

I just wanted to take a few minutes and update everyone on Keith's health and progress.  Today is Day 10 Post Transplant.  Finally, after several "hairy" days, he seems to be feeling a little better.  I've been staying here at the hospital almost non-stop to make sure that he eats and does what he needs to so he can regain his strength and come home.  When the doctor came by late this afternoon, he was encouraing and said that Keith seems to be on track in his recovery.  That was very good news to hear.

His body seems to finally getting basic functions under a little more control.  He's been able to eat a little better although his meals consist of oatmeal and Cheerios, yogurt and Cheerios, and an occasional Marie Callender's meal.  This sure appeals to him more than the hospital food.  When your white blood count has been zeroed out, they basically cook all your meals to death.  Any meat they have served him has been almost like sawdust.  I have to go out to the store and buy him other things he can tolerate that he will eat.

I have to share with you the blessings God gave us today. One of the young cleaning ladies that does our room came in one time when we were playing some praise music.  She let us know she was a Christian.  She is always smiling and singing - a real encouragement.  Today, we saw her again as she came to clean up the room.  She told Keith how she had been praying for him and told us all about the worship she had at church on Sunday.  Keith decided to share with her a recording of Andrew Petersen's song "He Is".  She loved it and asked him to play more.  As we were doing that, our technican for the day came in.  She immediately noticed what we were playing and started singing along too.  It was a little "Praisefrest" which was so encouraging.  It was good to see Keith smile and share his faith with others.

At times like this, it really reminds you of how God can use His people, even when they are on their sickbed.  I remember lots of stories of people who were able to minister to others in the midst of their pain.  There is so much to praise God for during the hard times and the rough times.  This period of our lives is proof to us of that.

Keith's numbers that they watch are starting to slow come up a little.  The nurse told me that once they start recovering, they can sometimes jump significantly overnight.  We are definitely praying for that and would appreciate your prayers in that regard.  While we don't know yet if he will be able to go home on Wednesday, it will hopefully be by the end of the week.

Please pray for our two guys that are still at home, that they would be able to continue doing a good job at "holding down the fort".  They have been such a blessing to us in keeping up with the laundry, taking my phone calls and taking direction on what I need for them to pack for me, and so much more.

Thank you for continuing to keep us in your prayers.  We love you all and praise God that we are part of the Body of Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria!!

Kelly Ling
 

Day 7 Post Transplant
April 19, 2019, 4:32 pm

Dear Family and Friends - 

Today is day 7 after transplant and we are in the hospital.  Two days ago, Keith was admitted back into the hospital with abdominal pain and generally not feeling well.  We have been here since and do not know when he will be able to go home.  Last night, they did a CT scan of his stomach and determined that he is suffering from colitis - an inflammation of the colon.  He is on antibiotics, but until his white blood count starts to recover, that is all they can do at this point.  Today he received two liters of blood and one liter of platelets, which is what we had been expecting.  He continues to get a daily shot that is supposed to help his white blood cells recover.

He has also been put on a soft diet, with very little dairy to help his colon to heal.  For someone who enjoys food, this has been tough.  He cannot eat salads (they are not even allowed or offered on this floor of the hospital), and is very limited.  Please pray for patience for him in that regard.

Between Keith and I, we have logged more time in the hospital these past two years than we had in all our 31+ years of marriage.  While it's been difficult at times, I'm thankful that both of us realized long ago that we were in this for the "long haul". And I am so thankful that God continues to bless me with this godly man.

Please continue to keep our entire family in your prayers.  My two at home are holding down that fort, keeping things fairly clean, and fending for themselves.  Some of the others have been able to make pick up things that I've needed and bring them to me so I don't have to leave.  And our out of town son and his family have blessed us with Facetime visits with our granddaughter.

We are truly blessed by God with all of you that support us with your prayers, phone calls, and more.  Thank you so very much!  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling

Day 4 After Transplant
April 16, 2019, 9:37 pm

Keith and I wish to thank everyone that has been able to contribute to our fundraiser.  Your kindness and generosity is so much appreciated.  God is so good to His people - all the time!

Today was Day 4 after transplant.  All his blood count numbers have bottomed out, which is what was expected.  For the next several days, we have to be very careful to watch his temperature and see that he is not exposed to anything while he is so vulnerable.  Thursday, he starts getting a daily shot that is supposed to help his white blood count recover.  How long this takes is unknown at this time.  It was something he had to do while he was on chemo too.

Since the transplant, he has been suffering from some bouts of vomitting and diarrhea.  Both may last 1-2 weeks as he recovers.  As all of you know, those kind of issues can make you feel pretty weak at times.  I'm staying by his side right now - both at the hospital and at home. 

My two boys at home are the best helpers and supporters.  Our children that don't live at home check in with us often to see how things are going.  Friends from church are there behind us too - with prayers, support, some home cooked meals when I don't have the time, and other things that we need.  We so miss worshipping with our local church family.  Hopefully, we will be able to do so again soon!  And I can't forget our online friends that have been there at a distance for us.  The prayers, kind comments, and love continue to come on a daily basis.

Please pray for the following for us:

1.  That Keith would continue to remain healthy and not get a temperature or infection while he is going through the treatment.

2.  That I would be able to maintain my health and stamina so that I can continue to transport him daily to and from the hospital.  

Feel free to contact us at any time.  Since we're sitting a lot right now getting fluids and anything else he needs, we can take phone calls or answer emails.  We love you all!

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly Ling


 

First Day - Post-Transplant
April 13, 2019, 5:52 pm

Thanks for all the prayers and support.  Today was Keith's first day post-transplant.  They called it "Plus Day One".  We went down to the hospital at our usual time of 7:30 AM and he was given six hours of fluids.  Today, he didn't need anything extra.  But he will probably need to have a blood transfusion and platelets later in the week.

Our DR came by and visited for a few minutes.  He said that Keith would feel good for a few days and then bad again as his counts bottom out.  Then, the bone marrow transplant hopefully kicks in and he will start improving on a daily basis.  We are continuing to pray and hope that this will be the case.  I told him that I will be reassured that he is improving when his hair starts growing back.  :-)

Please pray that I will be able to get a few people to take Keith to his daily appointments and stay with him during that time so I can get a break.  There are several things I needs to do, appointments for myself that I need to make.  

Our hearts and prayers are with you all too.  Thanks again for caring and praying for us!

Kelly Ling


 

Update #2
April 11, 2019, 8:14 pm


Good evening, everyone! I'm so glad to be checking in with you tonight to ask you for prayers! TOMORROW IS BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT DAY for my hubby! It's been a rough two weeks - we've spent every day of them at the hospital, sometimes 8-12 hours at a time. Then fight the traffic to get home, into bed, and up again at 5:30. The last two days, Keith struggled with nausea and vomiting. Since the chemo drugs ended today, he seems to be more comfortable tonight.

I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom on my heart for all your prayers and support during this time. I know that with all these drugs, my husband is not going to ever be back at the level he used to be at, but I'm praying that he's still around for a while still. He is the love of my life.

After the transplant tomorrow, we start a 21 day hike of daily fluids, checking labs, doing blood or platelet transfusions as needed. They say the first week, he will be fairly weak, but should start to recover once his white blood count rises and the bone marrow takes hold. He will also have to undergo getting vaccinations again since wiping out his bone marrow and replacing it wipes those out too. He's not looking forward to that.

He also asked me to express his gratitude to the saints in God's Kingdom for upholding him and our family in your prayers. Love to all of you. "See" you sometime next week!

Kelly Ling

What's Coming Up
April 5, 2019, 12:16 am

Keith and I want to thank each of you that have helped us through this time of our lives.  Family, church, and friends are all so special to us.

I just wanted to update everyone on what Keith is having to do right now.  He is on the final 10 days of real agressive chemo just before his transplant.  They are waiting for his white blood counts to bottom out.  Currently, he is on a four day regimen of an oral chemo that I give to him four times a day.  These are scheduled doses for which I have to set alarms.  Thirty minutes before each dose, I have to give him an anti-seizure med.  Then I watch him for an hour to make sure there is no vomiting. If there is during the first hour, I have to give him the dose again.

There is so much to keep track of that I'm afraid of forgetting something.  I double check everything that I do to make sure I'm following their instructions.  Today, when we visited the nurse to get the chemo for the weekend, she said we were one of the few people that kept track of what they were doing as instructed.  That made me feel much better.

Please pray for Keith during the next week leading up to the transplant.  Please pray that God would protect him while his white blood count is zeroed out.  Please also pray that the transplant would take effect quickly and that he would regain his strength and stamina.  

Thanks again for all your support and prayers.  

Soli Deo Gloria!

Kelly

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