Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hi there everyone,

Today was a big day. Paul continues to rest a lot and his pneumonia seems to be minimal. So two male nurses came and lifted Paul out of bed and into his wheelchair. We wheeled him into the kitchen where he sipped some broth and a little beer for around a half hour. That was clearly enough; as soon as he was back in bed he was sleeping soundly. We have wonderful caregivers who are professional, kind and good humored.

Love, Steph and Pam

Friday, May 14, 2010

Greetings everyone,

I have not written for awhile because Paul remains unchanged. He seems to have beaten back the pneumonia but his heart is weak and he does not have any stamina. He is sleeping a lot and is not in any pain.

He is in good spirits most of the time when he is awake. That's when he may enjoy a little butter pecan ice cream (without the pecans), some broth, flat beer or o.j. with gin from time to time...then off to sleep again...

Take care,


Friday, May 7, 2010

Good morning all,

It has been a few days so I thought an update would be nice.

Paul remains mostly unchanged. The good news is he seems to have gotten over a cough that had developed last week. He sleeps a lot, is comfortable and still enjoys a little fun. Yesterday morning Pam peaked into his room and saw that Paul was awake with the covers pushed down to expose his stomach. She said, "good morning hon!" then went to his bedside and gave him a "razberry" which elicited a smile and chuckle....Life right now is calm, gentle and good.

Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.


Monday, May 3, 2010

To Paul's friends

Over the past several weeks, many of you have been thinking of & asking about Paul.

In the interest of clarity here is an update from Stephanie, Paul's daughter:

"As you probably know Paul has pneumonia & turned 89 on April 24th. He is bedridden & tires very easily. At one point recently I thought he might be able to accept a few visitors. I was mistaken. Although he rallies while visitors are with him, it is at a huge cost to him later. Therefore I have decided it is time to stop accepting any visitors. I appreciate all of your good thoughts. The most loving thing you can do now is give him a peaceful time at home with me, Pam & our hospice nurses".

Because it is impossible to respond to each of you individually, we will keep you all updated from time to time. Please spread the word amongst mutual friends.

Thank you for understanding.

Love, Stephanie