Saturday, June 22, 2013
The day started out sunny, but clouds were on the horizon. Mom wanted to shop early at Cabela's to get the sales before the rush. She ended up buying nothing, I got a toque and shirt. Then we headed over to my Uncle's to find a bunch of cars parked out front. The home care nurse was there, as was a friend, my brother and his wife. We went in and discovered an ambulance had been called and he was going to be taken to the hospital. So we all said hi and waited. My uncle had gotten too weak to even get out of bed, so the ambulance personnel had to carry him out (their stretcher wouldn't fit through the door) I was the only one to follow him all the way out to ambulance. The look on his face said it all. He knew this was the last time he would see his home and the last ride he would ever take :( The clouds had moved in and the rain started up again, kind of fitting the mood.. Unfortunately, palliative care had no rooms free so he was put in emergency awaiting regular bed. The palliative care unit only has 12 beds. My uncle had cancer in the lining of his lungs and it spread to the rest of his body including his bones. His abdomen is filling up with fluid making breathing even more difficult and he doesn't feel like eating. No major pain yet, but he felt it was coming. He was told what could be done to help him feel better, not sure if he will agree. He wants no extraordinary measures taken. He has a do not resuscitate order. He signed a form allowing my brother and his wife to be in charge of his medical orders should he no longer be able to say his wishes. Its more than likely he will end his days sharing a room as before with no privacy to spend with his family members. I hate seeing the hollowed out shell of my uncle, death would be a blessing for him now.
We spent the day with a quick trip to Costco, and then home and watched the storms rolling through the rest of the day. I decided not to go to the festival as some of the storms dumped quite heavy rain and I didn't feel like a long walk through that. Yesterday it was eight miles round trip to get there. Ironically, the evening turned out calm and nice.. Sure didn't look like it would be that way. Mom, Daisy and I went for a walk. They had closed off a low lying area by the river, but it hadn't gotten any water over it yet. Maybe by tomorrow.
Hope you all have a good Sunday,