As summed up today, Dad’s issues are: fibroid tissue in the lungs; scarring in the lungs; a viral infection (in addition to the bacterial infection they already knew about); and a minor stroke. This is all in addition to being 80 years old and in the hospital for over five weeks already with double pneumonia.
The stroke was so minor that the neurologist says you wouldn’t see any affect to function from it. The fibroid tissue is described as rare, and would be another factor reducing his lung capacity. Everything added up, however, had my mother quoting the doctor today as saying “the prognosis is bad.”
This doesn’t mean game over, but it does mean we need to be prepared for possibilities.
Many thanks to those who have donated to the Emergency Fund. This money will help Gryphon and I to get to Syracuse this weekend. Some of your funds may go to supplying visiting family with things they forgot to bring, meals to eat, or to help fund the cost of a stay at a facility that houses out-of-town families of patients.
We’re going to do everything we can to take the burden of caring for visiting relatives and friends off of my mother, and to cook, clean, and run errands so she doesn’t have to worry about it.
We’ll also spend what time we can visiting my father. He’s still with us, and he’ll know we’re there, I’m sure. I don’t know if I can bear the thought of him not having someone with him if things get critical.
Your continued prayers and healing thoughts are welcomed with grateful hearts. I’ll have my computer with me, but I can’t be sure when or how often I’ll be able to provide updates. I would love to receive encouraging e-mails, however, and will be sure to answer you if I can. You’ll see the e-mail address at the top of the left sidebar, oh-so-cleverly encrypted.
If you wish to offer further help with the extra expenses my family will encounter over the coming days, the link to the Squair Family Emergency Fund can be found near the top of the right sidebar.
Thank you again, and again, and so many agains that I can’t count them, for your support. It means the world to my whole family right now. I love you all.