Thursday, June 20, 2013
Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliative care of a terminally ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients.
However, it is now a concept that we can no longer associate with others because as of yesterday, Dr. Jones said it's time to call Hospice in for mom.
Mom's condition has really deteriorated the last 2-3 weeks, but I did not realize just how much until she and dad came to see me this past weekend. I tried to attribute her condition to the fact that she was not really eating and that her malnourishment was causing these new symptoms. But deep down, I knew we were losing her.
There are new cancerous lesions on her liver and in her lungs and according to Dr. Jones, her liver is beginning to shut down. When my sister asked him what kind of timeline we are talking about, he said we might be lucky enough to have a few weeks, but most likely we only have days.
My sister is already there with mom and dad.
Her kiddoes will arrive this afternoon, as will my my mom's brother.
And Jess, Corrie, and I are leaving Bryan in the next few hours, so by this afternoon, our entire immediate family will be there. All we are missing are the sons-in-law........ but we will wait until Hospice gives us their full assessment today and then make decisions about when the boys will come.
It is exactly 6 weeks ago today that I moved back to Texas, but never in a million years did I imagine us being in this situation so soon after my arrival. But I keep counting my blessings that when this call came, I was in Texas and not in Denmark....
So I ask that you keep our family in your prayers.
This is not supposed to be happening to our mom....not yet.....and so I ask that you will pray that Jennifer and I have the strength to do whatever we need to do in these upcoming days so that dad's only focus can be spending as much time with mom as much as he can.