It was the best of times.
Yesterday, the last of the tubes came out.
Layton ate 1/2 his lunch and 1/2 his dinner. He had an orange.
He stood up for about five minutes-he did not have the strength to walk yet.
He had visitors from Star Riders Club and thoroughly enjoyed his visit.
He had great care.
It was the worst of times. Yesterday, when I thought of this title, I was being glib. I had had the tuna melt in the cafeteria and with the processed cheese, it just did not cut it. 😉
Just got a call from the ward…he had trouble breathing at 5-they did x-rays and he has pneumonia. Back on the ventilator. This is the worst of times. I have been invited to a meditation and since he is really medicated right now, that is likely the best use of my time. Bummer. Pray for clarity…of his lungs, his mind, his soul. Thanks.
1:30 pm Layton is still heavily sedated and likely will be for a few days. They move him regularly to keep things from settling in his lung. I spoke with the doctor this morning and they treat him with the “funnel” approach right off the bat and then will narrow it down once they have isolated the bacteria that is causing the infection. Karen, his nurse, again is very capable and comforting. She will be here tomorrow, too and next weekend as well, and she expects we will still be here as well.
I just got emails from my sisters, Adele and Val, and apparently, my mom is flying in tonight to be with us. She was an RNA for 40+ years so it will be good to have her around. She will know more than I do and will go for walks with me. She gets here quite late tonight.
I went to the Centre for Spiritual Living here, like we do in Kelowna, and again, what a beautiful community of support. I will have at least one visitor a day from them and I am going on a hike on Tuesday evening with one of the ladies. This is yet another community of prayer for Layton.
I have heard from lots of you who have walked a similar path and it IS comforting to know that you or a loved one has experienced this and come out the other side very well. I am expecting that by the time Karen comes back to work next Saturday, this will be very much improved.
This time in the hospital, under these circumstances, very much make me think about what is important in my life, in Layton’s. He gets great joy from his kids, ALL of them, . His writing is very satisfying and almost a need with him. I think he will be wanting to write more and I certainly will support that. He has been thrilled with the feedback so many of you have given on the stories and how they make you laugh! That is what he wants.
Jeff from Star Riders just called and he will be here in a few minutes with Layton’s gear. That is good. Signing off for now…clarity, clarity, clarity.