(This is Joseph. This update would’ve come much earlier than this ungodly hour but for several standoffs with equally ungodly but undeniable skunks blocking our front door. Not to mention a subsequent longer standoff with a single ‘skunk’ which was strangely tolerant of my attempts to dislodge it, and turned out to be our cat.)
Verity’s heart failure is under control. The IV worked and if I understand correctly, she’s now taking the Lasix orally instead of intravenously. Her breathing is good and she’s perking up. But she is still not eating nearly enough or gaining nearly enough weight. The doctors said they will not release her while she’s taking in less than 16 ounces a day.
We are all confused about what the plan is for Verity. Mom has been hearing many conflicting ideas from the various doctors. NG tube or no NG tube? Other medications? High calorie oil? Surgery sooner/later/now? We’re hoping that when the doctors make their rounds tomorrow there will be a clarifying consultation.
(Mom wanted me to point out: An NG (naso-gastric) tube is a feeding tube that runs from the nose to the stomach.)
Mom was very glad for two certain visitors: her husband and her dad. They also brought some needed items from our house, most notable to Mom, her hymnal!
Mom was also very glad to see a dear friend of hers who gave Mom wagonfull of food – all sorts of goodies and high-energy foods! Mom will not have to buy (or eat) hospital fare. But she said that the best part was the visit!
Mom is going on very little sleep. To summarize last night’s sleep: 30 minutes, an hour and a half, and 45 minutes. All separated by significant amounts of time and each quite broken up with interruptions. I was astonished at how well she seems to be doing in spite of the lack of sleep. She can tell that God is upholding her; the joy of the Lord is being her strength. She is very grateful and appreciative of all your prayers. She is reading all the comments and missing everyone very, very much.
All the children are currently staying at our grandparents’ house, conveniently adjacent to our property.
Pictures are being taken at the hospital, and I’ll upload them if or when I can get my hands on them. I’ll be updating with more news as soon as possible, probably late tomorrow morning. Late this morning, I should say.