Marian and I have settled in easily to the hospice unit here at Shell Point. What a blessing it is to us both. Today Marian was moved to a room right across from the Nurse’s station so they can more easily monitor her movements and needs. The doctor, nurses and aides have been wonderful. Though her vital signs continue to be strong, Marian’s condition gives concern, especially the neurological indicators such as inability to feed herself, coupled with great fatigue that make it clear that she will not be returning to our apartment. Marian is not experiencing pain (because of the pain management of the hospice staff) and is likely not very aware of her condition. Thank you for partnering in prayer for us both over these five months. We have sensed your love, and God has answered your prayers. Don’t stop praying: the journey is not yet quite over, and there is still joy to be experienced! (It’s called heaven)[...]
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Two words I have dreaded using both pop in to today’s vocabulary: pain and Hospice. For several days Marian has been able to keep pain at bay with the use of Tylenol, but today the discomfort grew considerably more ominous. (Marian prefers the word ‘discomfort’, but then, she has a high pain threshold) Today I gave her an oxycodone which immediately sent the pain packing.[...]
It’s been quite a few days since the last post – only because there didn’t seem to be anything new to report. While Marian has continued essentially without pain, the GI issues have remained bothersome, but hardly enough to warrant an update.
However, the past couple of days there have been incidents of falling which indicate loss of strength and balance. Fortunately there has been no injury beyond soreness and bruising of flesh (and egos). We both realize how dependent we are on God for His daily strength and grace. Jim will be sticking closer to home even more going forward.
Our son Steve is out of the hospital and recovering at home. Thanks for your prayers for him as well as us.[...]
It seems that troubles come in multiples. But so do joys - more about that later. The building we live in has been hit with multiple troubles. One of our friends just lost a son to a hit-run driver, another is facing extensive surgery on his tongue, and other needs surface. Then our son Steve, who lives in Portland, OR, had serious surgery this past week and is looking at a long recovery period. When you pray for us, pray as well for these others who are dealing with pain and loss.[...]