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29 September 2016 @ 03:53 pm
Update on Kate 9/29  
Kate is getting a little weaker every day. She can no longer get out of bed and is having even more difficulty communicating than before. She's sleeping a lot, but her pain is under control. Her sister Sue is here for the duration, her parents are here right now, and my father will be coming this weekend.

We have been getting excellent support from hospice, with nurses, drugs, and equipment all just a phone call away. The social worker and chaplain (for some reason when I reach for the word "chaplain" I always get "cleric") have been helpful with those difficult end-of-life conversations, and the home health aide comes by three times a week to give Kate a bath. Our third-party home health care provider is now sending someone for four hours every day and overnight every night. Everyone has been compassionate, skilled, and supportive.

Visitors are welcome, but please txt me before coming over, because the house is sometimes kind of crowded with health care people and sometimes she just needs a rest.

Thank you all very much for your support and good wishes.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on September 29th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
You're both in my thoughts. <3
Geri Sullivan: 4 tulipsgerisullivan on September 30th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
Oh, so much love to you, Kate, Sue, Kate's parents, your father, and all who are sharing this time with you.

"Everyone has been compassionate, skilled, and supportive." That's such a blessing.

As always, many thanks for your update.
joycemocha on September 30th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
Thinking of both of you. Hugs.
Timapparentparadox on September 30th, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear that. If there is anything Mark or I can do from far away, let us know.
Elf M. Sternbergelfs on September 30th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
Sigh. I'm so sorry you're going through this. My heart goes out to both of you.
desperance: lukedesperance on September 30th, 2016 04:56 am (UTC)
Oh, man. I am so glad I got to spend time with Kate earlier this year, and yet: that was so very much not enough. I am so very sorry.
Intelligentrix: sadnessintelligentrix on September 30th, 2016 07:06 am (UTC)
Oh, David. Oh, Kate. I don't know what to say. Love you both so much, miss you. I selfishly wish I'd had more time with the two of you when you were here last, that i could have traveled around the world with you. But I had the time I did, and it was pretty great. Big hugs, and if there's anything I can dio from here, please let me know. Call if you need to.
Autopopeautopope on September 30th, 2016 08:11 am (UTC)
You're in my thoughts.
billeyler: Angelbilleyler on September 30th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
Lots of love to you both.
tournevis on September 30th, 2016 02:43 pm (UTC)
All our love and friendship, from so far away, too far away to do more. All our love.
pennskipennski on October 2nd, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
Much love and hugs to you both.