Posted by: davidalemmink | April 6, 2009

Monday, April 6

Hi all,

Today begins the start of a LONG week which in reality, will conclude sometime the middle to end of NEXT week.

Today we are at Lack’s repeating the drugs administered the last round.  The actual administering of the chemo wasn’t and isn’t so bad, but the aftermath was HORRIBLE. David got so dehydrated that it was a real concern and quite frightening.  After speaking with Dr. Brinker this morning, and following the BAD experience David had last round, we feel more prepared this time.  They are giving him something before the Irinotekan to help with the diarrhea, along with the Imodium AD.  We are armed and ready to combat it at the first sign of trouble.

Also, this week, following the time in Lack’s receiving chemo, David will be having an Octreotide scan.  They will give him a shot Tuesday morning before chemo begins.  He will then get the chemo, and following that he will go over to the regular hospital and get his scan.  This will be his schedule Tuesday through Friday.  WHEW!  That is a lot and we will be thankful when this week is finished.  He then comes back here next Monday for the final administering of the Irinotekan and then wait and see how he tolerates it.

Dr. Brinker told us this morning that he will be contacting us sometime next week with the results of the Octreotide scan.  He will also be contacting Dr. O’Dorisio in Iowa City.  They will at that time discuss what our next move is.  We already have an appointment May 8 with Dr. O’Dorisio, so hopefully at that time, we will learn more about our trip to Switzerland.  I personally am hoping at that May 8 meeting, we will be sending in David’s application for that trip.  Of course, I will do my best to keep you informed.

Also, I have added some new information about the fundraiser, which includes a preliminary list of a few of the items that will be included in the silent auction. I will also continue to post the information about the fundraiser until after April 25.  So many people have already been so generous.  We are so humbled and grateful for the support that is being shown. God is so good!

Pasta Fundraiser In Support of

David A. Lemmink

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

330 Lakeside Drive NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Time:  5:00–8:00 pm  Pasta Dinner

8:30–11:30 pm   Lazy Blue Tunas Concert

Dinner and Concert: $12.50 Adults

$3.00 Children 12 and under

After 8:00 pm, Concert only: $10.00

Beer & Wine donation cash bar available

Coffee, Lemonade and water, included

Both events will have silent auctions and 50/50 raffles

For Tickets please email David’s sister Ellen at:

Mail Checks to:

Ellen Hansen

5693 West Grove Dr. SE

Kentwood, MI  49512

Make checks payable to:  In Support of David A. Lemmink

Here are some of the items that will be included in the silent auction:

  • Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Movie Passes
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Tuxedo Rental
  • Week vacation in Cozumel, Mexico
  • Week vacation rental at Big White Fish Lake
  • Many assorted gift baskets for the:   Wine Lover;  Golfer;  Griller;  Favorite pet;  Favorite girl/boy; Health & beauty; Coffee Lover

We look forward to a fun evening and thank you so much for all of your support and prayers.

ALSO, if you are unable to attend the fundraiser and wish to contribute, you can do so at any Fifth Third Bank.  If you do not have a Fifth Third Bank near you, you can mail your check directly to Ellen at the address above, or to:  Fifth Third Bank,  3785 Plainfield Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49525.  Make your check payable to “In Support of David A. Lemmink, #9429″ .

Thank you again!

Love, Connie



  1. Connie and David,
    Mark is out of town for a month and Michael and I are unable to make it for this weekend. We are so happy to support the fundraiser and we are sending our contribution via the bank. Many many prayers are being sent your way for your total recovery, David.
    We love you,

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