The latest

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.

Squair Family Emergency Fund

Lyall Squair, Christmas, 2005

Lyall Squair, Christmas, 2005

Edited to add: My sincere thanks to everyone who contributed. With your generosity, we raised enough funds for those who are traveling to manage comfortably. With that, I am removing the donate button from this post, and taking down the donation page.

You are the most wonderful friends I could imagine! Thank you again for your help! – Jenny Kubeck, The Transmogrifier

This is Dad – 80 years old, and a disabled Korean War veteran. He’s been in the hospital with double pneumonia since April 5, and he’s just taken a turn for the worse.

We all want to be there for him and for Mom, but it’s hard right now. One son in California already took two weeks off from work and chewed into his savings to be there right after he got sick. Another son in upstate NY (also a disabled veteran) is coming, but lives on a fixed income and has almost nothing to spare. His closest living relative, his sister, will be traveling from the South. And of course, the Transmogrifier herself and her husband spent themselves dry making their first trip to be there.

If you are able, please donate via PayPal below to help our family come together in this crisis. Your funds will help pay for transportation and housing costs for family members traveling to Syracuse. No amount is too small to offer – many small drops of water can fill a bucket when they join together!

Goal reached – thank you!

Not Good

My father has taken a turn for the worse. They believe he’s had a stroke within the last few weeks. A neurologist will be evaluating him tomorrow to determine what awareness he has now. Also, sinus infections from the feeding tube have forced them to change from nasal to oral.

Bill and I are likely to be returning to Syracuse soon.

Moose




Moose

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

About 20 mins ago, we stopped at the Big Moose Deli in Hoosick, NY. Lots of moose-themed things.

Albany Int’l Airport




Albany Int’l Airport

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

The cargo facility, at least. NY Rte. 7

KoKo and Chanel on the road




KoKo and Chanel on the road

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

These girls have turned out to be great travelers. Both are comfortable moving around the cage while we’re moving.
At our first rest stop, Chanel is hoping for another bit of burger bun…

KoKo and Chanel on the road




KoKo and Chanel on the road

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

These girls have turned out to be great travelers. Both are comfortable moving around the cage while we’re moving.
At our first rest stop, Chanel is hoping for another bit of burger bun…

We have our priorities straight




We have our priorities straight

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

Last stop before hitting the road to NH.

I keep telling my mom…




I keep telling my mom…

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

…that I’m going to steal this cat and take her home with me.

This is my mother’s latest addition to the cat collection (now four, and
counting). Her name is Peaches. At first, it was Gracie, which was her
shelter name. My mother has firmly settled on Peaches, though.

Me, I’m going to secretly call her Gracie when my mom’s not listening.

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Mixed weather mostly good.




Mixed weather mostly good.

Originally uploaded by Folkcat

Ever since we hit NY, we’ve been in & out of sun and rain. Often still in both at same time, even. No rainbows, sun’s too high. Last road blog I think. New ETA 4 pm or so.

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