The easy banter has subsided. A more somber tone replaces Pat’s heretofore lightheartedness. Can’t say I blame her. In fact, how she’s remained so cool, calm and collected until now is something I can’t fathom. I’m sure most of us would give in to a little belly-aching now and then. Not Pat. The woman doesn’t know belly-aching. The day they left us on their way to Minnesota, Brad told me that, except for a few brief moments of frustration, Pat never complains. Doesn’t surprise me.
Ask any of the so-called “outlaws.” Our spouses, all siblings, are almost saint-like. We “outlaws” keep our better-halves anchored to earth with our very human failings. We like to think of ourselves as…merry-makers. We’re always…always…making merry.
On 7/17, Pat texted…Hi [hugmamma]…I think I’m doing pretty good…considering. Just tired most of the time, taking things now day by day, moment by moment. Feel pretty groggy for the better part of the day, trying to eat and drink more but it’s hard. Trying to also manage my meds…which is the toughest part. Doc says I’m doing good but they still talk about the low point being 12 days out as my counts continue to drop. So I don’t know if feeling good at one point in the day is a turning point or just a good moment to be embraced while it lasts. All I know is I can’t wait to go home. Love to you and [my brother].
On 7/18, yesterday, Pat texted.
Hi [hugmamma]…thought I’d send a quick update…haven’t felt much like posting or journaling lately. Today is Day +5. I take a blood test every morning and meet with a nurse and doctor to go over any problems, side effects etc. I also go in morning and night to get anti-nausea meds through my central line.
Luckily Dr. Gertz has this month’s rotation so I see him often. According to him I’m doing as well as can be expected. Although now we have to watch even closer for any signs of infection. I’m basically at the half way point to the bottom…another 5-6 days and I should be at the turning point when my stem cells will start taking over and I’ll start feeling better. I don’t do much but rest when I can.
Brad has been great…he does everything from making my meals, to keeping track of my meds, water and food intake plus washing clothes and especially encouraging me by counting down the days and reminding me that i’m doing well.
This is not easy but it’s bearable knowing that everyone is praying for me back home. I hope you can post an update but if not, maybe you can just forward this text to the rest of the family.
I love you…Pat.
…and i love you…we all do.
God bless Pat. She’s a real trooper and I think she likely “grins and bears it” a lot of the time. Hope all the good karma we send her way, works to helping her through this time and speeds up the process for when she’ll be able to go home. We can’t wait for them to be able to visit Seattle again.
God bless and Brad and our thanks to him. He’s been a good example to all of us what a “care-giver” can and should be. We’ve not heard directly from him but we know all that he’s done through Pat. I am sure that it is stressful for him as well and he is also in all our prayers. We owe him a lot as well……..
hugs for the loving comment…pat and brad…showing us what love in marriage is all about…
It sounds like Pat is doing well in her battle for health. It’s wonderful she can just take one day at a time and not get discouraged. Her husband sounds like a great person. I hope she continues to do as well as can be expected. You and your family take care. 🙂
We’re all in this together, taking our lead from Pat and Brad. Good people…both. 🙂