This is Cindy writing again…
Parting Waters has been the theme
That has run through my head time and again
The past 4 days.
Not many hours after Dave dictated
The last blog entry to me
He started into a hiccupping, vomiting fit
That would not stop.
We had to call 911.
They are amazing.
One of the crew in particular is my hero.
Dave was transported to the ER in Silverdale
Which was again packed to capacity
Because he wasn’t deemed an emergency emergency,
He was placed in a wheelchair in the waiting room.
This mother hen about lost it!
I knew that in his state of weakness
He would truly end up an emergency emergency.
The EMT worked his way up the chain of command
Advocating for Dave
And the charge nurse came to get Dave
(and me which wasn’t the protocol, usually I have to wait in
She took us directly back
Medication was given to curb the hiccupping/vomiting
And the decision was made that Dave needed to be
Jonathan flew in from Colorado
And then our 4 children and I took shifts
Two at a time together
To feed him ice chips, rub his head, and help him
Through gripping hiccups that took his breath away.
This is very scary to him and to us as we continue
To navigate the hiccup challenge.
The next waters that needed to be parted...
Getting him home with the Hospice supports in place.
What a roller coaster
“Mason county can’t get you set up until middle of next week…
If you stay at your house in Bremerton, we can get Hospice
set up by Sunday…”
Dave really wanted to be home
So Bremerton was decided upon
The time was set
Ambulance was to pick him up at the hospital at 3:15 and
The Hospice nurse was scheduled to meet us
at the house at
4:00 on Sunday
The hospital bed was ordered, delivered and set up on Friday
“Hospice doesn’t usually set up infusion pumps for families
To give their loved one IV meds at home”
Dave can take nothing by mouth
Or the vomiting resumes.
This was unsolved problem for 3 days.
“Ok, the Dilaudid can be set up with the infusion pump
But the other meds will have to be suppositories”
“We can’t get the infusion pump for Sunday
We’ll try for Monday...
Oh, we can't reschedule a Hospice nurse to meet you
We sent out the call for prayer
And once again God parted the waters.
Suddenly 1 ½ hours
before the originally scheduled ambulance pick up time
The infusion pump with the Dilaudid was available
The Hospice nurse could be rescheduled for 4:00
And the transfer happened as originally planned
So, we are home
The biggest surprise when we got here
Was the ALL the meds are IV through his port.
So much easier.
(We are learning all sorts of new skills!)
We have an air conditioner and 2 fans directed
Wool blankets are stapled up over the windows
To keep the heat from the sun out.
Being home is so much more comfortable
It has allowed grandchildren to get
Their grandpa hugs.
So, how is Dave?
We are in our last days.
He is very weary and very weak
He has had nothing but sips of water by mouth
Since Sunday a week ago.
He can communicate very little.
His days are in God’s hands
And Dave is ready to enter His presence.
A friend texted me the thought that
God is anticipating Dave’s arrival
Just as we anticipate the arrival of someone we love.
I like that.
Thank you Thank you
For all the loving, praying and support to our family.
We feel SO loved.