Sunday, May 15, 2011

Going down

Today Glenn experienced what the Dr. described to him at the beginning of this as "feeling like crap". His "numbers" are plummeting and the symptoms are becoming more severe. Needless to say, this was probably his worst day so far. Still has all his hair so far, though. We do however celebrate one milestone: for the past 5 days he has had  hiccups, lasting most of each day and sometimes severe enough to be frightening: they sometimes repeated for several seconds and he couldn't catch his breath. But today is the first day since Monday that he hasn't had any hiccups. Thank you God! Glenn would like to go to sleep and wake up when this is over. Certainly that isn't going to happen, but maybe we can pray that it will seem like that to him. While you're at it, could you throw in a prayer for our friends from Jax? She has to work all this week and can't be here with her husband while he goes through this. She could only take off a certain amount of time and will take that time off when he is discharged and staying at the Hope Lodge where he is required to have a caregiver with him. I can't imagine not being able to stay with my husband while he has to go through this and you can guess how hard this is for each of them. I can only help so much since a lot of the symptoms are rather personal in nature and a person would only want a close friend or family member helping.
Our night nurse tonight I can describe as a gentle giant. He is a tall muscular man who looks like he could have been a football player in a previous life. But he says he never played professional sports and has been a nurse for over 20 years. He is one of the most gentlest giants I have ever met and at the same time a man's man. He also is from Jax. It seems like every nurse we have seems to be the best one here until we get another nurse and that one seems to be the best, in other words they each have an impressive combination of knowledge of and love for the field they are in, and tender compassion for their patients. God has made a very difficult situation quite bearable through all the little things he has blessed us with: a room with a view that Glenn loves and close proximity to the bathroom I have to use, a comfortable bed for me to sleep on, friends who are going through the same experience as we are and with whom we can compare notes, a wonderful, caring staff, an extremely supportive group of family, friends, neighbors, and clients of Glenn's work. Thank you God; you are so good- all the time!

1 comment:

  1. I praise God that he has given you so many wonderful people to surround you.
    If Glenn gets the hiccups again, Keck always says get a spoonful of peanut butter...HA! Not sure it would have help Glenn, but it does always seem to help us.
    Love you both dearly and you are continually in our prayers