(NOTE: Photo at left is from my parents 40th wedding anniversary, June 1988)
My father had a restful night sleeping. He told my mother this morning that we doesn’t remember dreaming last night.
I gave him some cough syrup with codine before he went to bed. He had started coughing some during the late afternoon and evening. He started coughing in the middle of the night and I gave him some more.
Yesterday my father was visited by my son, and his brother and sister. His niece, Phyllis brought Uncle Richard.
Also yesterday, my Mom’s sister Fran Waldecker and her daughter, Dorothy Jean Sandusky, paid a visit.
Later in the afternoon, Nora’s father, George Skerry, picked up Larry and Sue Stein, close friends of my parents and brought them over. George and Larry and Sue only live a few blocks from each other in Ellicott City, Maryland.
My father was very happy to see them all. Larry has been one of his best friends since 1953 when my father joined the Masons. Larry was Junior Stewart of Doric Lodge #124, at that time.
The i.v. went smoothly yesterday. Also, an attendant came in to bathe him, and showed us a little of how to care for him better. Also, a nurse arrived later and changed the dressing on his pic, which is what I use for his i.v.
He really didn’t eat much yesterday, but we were able to get some candy into him. Yes, he needs more than that, but at this stage, we get what we can into him.
Last evening he stayed awake and watched the Gaithers on TV. They have a musical show of southern Gospel. This is one of my father’s favorite TV shows, which he watches every Saturday night.
He slept fairly well last night, but I was up every half hour or so to check on him. I gave him something for a fever, every time, I noticed it starting to rise.
This morning his breathing was rather heavy, although he still reported no pain.
I gave him his first dose of morphine this morning. I had always assumed it was only for pain; however, the Hospice nurse is was also for when he started to breathe deeply.
He has had one breathing treatment this morning and his 8 AM pills. I am about to give him his 10 AM pill and will start the i.v. about noon.
I was able to log on to my work computer for the first time in over a week. I finally had a few minutes to do so and go through the hundreds of emails from last week.
Starting tomorrow, I hope to log on and at least help out the company, working on the intranet and internet. Hopefully, I can still do some of my job description from here.
Right now he is resting comfortably and starting to sleep more and more each day. This is a good sign that he is resting.
His voice is very weak this morning, when he does talk. It is only a whisper.