Monday, December 15, 2008

The Rest of the Weekend

The sheer magic of baby Teddy's birth and seeing his happy parents continues. They are all doing well and will be coming home today sometime.

Bob's situation worsened gravely when he was taken to the hospital by the paramedics on Saturday night. This time, as opposed to last week when we brought him in, he got excellent treatment but a very dire diagnosis. Since then he has had two surgeries and is in ICU. He has kidney failure caused by blockages from stones and they were not successful in opening the blockages with stents, and there may be bladder cancer, as well. He now remains in ICU with by-pass tubes extending out through his back. We spent considerable time with him yesterday after the surgeries but he is very sleepy. The care seems wonderful. Today we should be able to learn more when LM and I talk with the Dr's.

For us yesterday, we just spent a lot of time, doing things at Bob's house and talking out plans for what-if's. It is sad and stressful for all 3 of us. LM and Bob have been dear friends for many many years and truly are brothers. LM is Bob's only "next of kin." At one point we could only just lay down and hold each other to get through the time while we waited for a call from the hospital. It brought a lot of questions to me from LM about what it was like earlier this year when he almost died. I found myself dredging up some very painful times but it was necessary for LM to have the answers. He has not talked about it much in a long time and I realize he has little memory of that time and really needed to know. Also, yesterday in the ICU I saw the nurse who took care of Sara when we almost lost her after childbirth 2 years ago, so that nightmare was relived, too. Quite a day.

I may go to see the J & A and the baby after work but am waiting to see how LM and Bob are doing.
It is a very warm morning here.
I apologize for all the sad news...need to write it, though.

1 comment:

Jeff- in the Berkshires said...

Keeping you all in my thoughts today.