We Climbed before the Klimb 4 Kim...

We Climbed before the Klimb 4 Kim...
1997's Climb

Friday, December 3, 2010

'I jumped another hurdle!'

   Kim went into surgery around 5 - about 6:40, Dr. Namanny came out and found me hiding underneath my chair...he said that he was able to clear several large clots and cleared around the IVC.  He is hoping the heparin blood thinner will help clear up the rest.  A short while later, the doors to surgery swung open and I could hear laughter and spirited conversation - it was Kim keeping the two techs wheeling her bed out of surgery entertained!  She is amazing!!
  The techs got her back up to the 5th floor - she had not eaten since dinner last night, so I scavenged up a turkey sandwhich and some apple juice for her - just as Janene was bringing me a huge slice of pizza from the Arizona Pizza Company, which is right next door to her salon, Unique Identity.  I needed that.
  All the nurses and techs were happy to see Kim back on their floor.  She is such an inspiration! Tomorrow, we'll meet with Dr. Taetle to see when she can get back to her chemo treatments - the cancer she has is aggressive and she says that is next on her checklist!
   Kim told me that there were photos of her arteries up on a big screen - she said that the blood clots looked huge!! 
   Meanwhile, poor Mrs. Schrantz and Patti - they waited for flu shots at CVS for about 3 hours!!  What a long day for them!  Patti's daughter/Autumn's teacher, Mrs. Rudzena, came down to lend Autumn emotional support.  Then, Patti took Autumn and Antonio to Desert Sky Middle School, where Cody goes, to play 'Jingle Bingo' and left them with Andrea and her kids and her mom, Angie.  When bingo was over, they headed over to McD's for a late dinner.  Our neighbor, Amy, picked up Cody and brought him back down to St. Joe's, as, it seems I locked my keys in my truck...I guess I am losing it a little...she took Cod to Taco Bell on the way here.  They were happy to see Kimmy.
   Kim is happy this hurdle has passed...she even had a new revelation as she was being prepped for surgery - it is Advent - the season of miracles!!  Isnt' she something?
   Love, Dave


  1. Yes, she is, Dave!PTL!

    For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
    Psalm 100:5

  2. I worked with Kim last year at RVMS... just wanted to let you know that you're all in my prayers. Thanks for this blog and the updates. Kim has SO many people pulling for her.

  3. Three Cheers for Kim! I LOVE a good update! And hooray for those teachers, Mrs. Schrantz and Mrs. Rudzena! You know those Conca kiddos have special places in all of our hearts, especially having had them in our classes! Thanks again for the update...I can stop staring at my computer now.... :)

  4. God is hearing our prayers! As I was reading I could hear Kim's laughter, which I miss so much. Kim your truly are an inspiration to all you know you and meet you!

    Dave I commend you for all you are doing, I know that it must be very difficult to relive everything that is happening by writing it to all of us.

    Jesus' greatest command was to LOVE.(1 Cor 13:13) "LOVE is long-suffering and kind,...it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE never fails.." (1Cor 13:4-8) And that is exactly the love you and Kim have for each other. A wonderful example for all everyone.

  5. Glad to hear the clots were taken care of, and that the oxygen had been removed. Now, if they can only do something about that gut and the hair loss... Oops, sorry, that's me!
    Dave, you're doin' a heck of a job. Just don't forget to take care of YOU! Grammie spilled the beans that you barely sleep, and I totally understand, but Kim's gonna need you strong as ever once chemo starts. We all pray she's strong enough to start that soon.
    Passing along a warm hug and a smile to my favorite sister in Arizona. And to you and the Bambini's also.


  6. Dear Conca Family,
    My prayers (and tears) go out to your beautiful family. Your beautiful smiles and contagious laughter have always been a constant. I'm sorry you are facing this battle. I pray that the peace of God flood your heart and mind. Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you..plans to give you hope and a future...." I speak complete healing and wholeness to your body in the name of Jesus. We will continually thank Him for your healing! And we will look forward many more good reports!
    Pam Maguire
    P.S.you and Lance Armstrong, are two of a kind. Both strong and positive beyond belief.

  7. Dear Dave, Kim, and family,
    You have been much in my thoughts and prayers over the past weeks of the journey. Today, I was listening to one of my favorite songs by the folksinger John Stewart, and a couple of lines keep playing in my mind as I think of you and your gift of faith: "... those aren't clouds on the horizon, no, they're the shadows of the angels wings." In peace,
    John Reid

  8. She is Dave, as are you! Kim continues to be an inspiration to us all with her positive, fighting spirit. Dave you are a wonderful parent and husband and have been such a rock for them. Just remember to take care of you too!