daddy daily volume 12

June 16, 2008 at 10:17 am 2 comments

Daddy slept the vast majority of the day on Friday and Saturday. Last Ativan was given, Thursday night I think. He will not be getting that again. Nurses and Mama tried everything, and couldn’t get him to wake up Saturday night.


Sunday he finally woke up, but was still very groggy.  I sang at church yesterday. After singing at the 11 o’clock service I went to the hospital to see Daddy. I got there to find the sitter on duty was (1) asleep on the couch (2) must have been cold, as she had pulled her arms out of her sleeves and had ‘em inside her shirt. And, (3) Daddy had some sort of dark brown fluid all over Daddy’s lips and leaking out the left side of his mouth. Turns out it was most likely the chocolate pudding they’d put his a.m. medicine in.  I went into the bathroom, got a wash cloth and dampened it, and came out and carefully wiped Daddy’s mouth clean. Went back into the bathroom and found the hamper. It had a foot pedal to step on which opens the lid. When I took my foot off the pedal, the lid made a loud noise as it made contact with the top of the hamper. This startled the sitter awake. “uhhhhh Hello! How are you today?” She had only seen my back in the doorway of the bathroom. I never turned around, but went to wash my hands and called my response to her something to the effect of, “I’m just fine. Were you able to sleep all right?”   …Long story short, I had another sitter removed from her duties yesterday.


Daddy’s left knee is swollen, and has heat in the area. Possibly infected. Fluid will be drained off so they’ll know what they’re dealing with there.


Meanwhile many tests were ordered as a result of Daddy’s weekend hibernation. And, yesterday the MRI technologist declined to do the MRI because he said that the magnet in the equipment will deprogram Daddy’s shunt, and that they weren’t equipped to re-program the shunt afterwards. So, that will have to be done at the hospital where his neurosurgeon makes rounds.


So, as of this morning, an ambulance has been ordered to take Daddy back to the hospital where his neurosurgeon is so that we can now begin to address the neuro symptoms. Before now, his cardiac symptoms were more life threatening, and his cardiologist makes rounds at our local hospital. But, now that his pulse rate isn’t in the 30’s, they’re ready for neurosurgeon to be actively on board.


All of us are emotionally and physically exhausted. It has been almost a full month and we are still going through this season of trial. And, that said, I do know that many people have gone through things like this for much longer than this.  I do know that.  I just feel so sorry for Daddy. I don’t think I have more than a half dozen thoughts without the phrase, my pooooooooooooor Daddy circulating through my mind.


As always, thank you all for your continued prayers.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. annette clark  |  June 16, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    If there is anything we can do, please call us. There is no way to express what James Robert meant to Jack. He was a marvelous
    boss, mentor and friend to Jack. Jack gives him the credit for his career in education. Give him our love. Annette


  • 2. Terry Harpole  |  June 16, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I am keeping you all in prayer.
    My mother taught your Mother in High School here in Maben.


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