Monday, May 6, 2013

Mel had a peaceful day of resting. She was evaluated by the hospice doctor. He said that Mel is deteriorating quickly. He said that her lungs sounded good except for one area. They turned her oxygen up to 5 (not sure what that means). The doctor told my mom that when a patient quits hydrocortisone cold turkey (which is what Mel has done), it can cause their adrenal system to shut down. They are going to try and give her something for that and see if it perks her up a bit. Mel was taking 26 medications day and Dr. Duke brought her down to 6 a day. The problem is that Mel won't eat or drink much. It's been hard for our Mom. She is such a nurturing person and it just doesn't feel right to not feed your child. We have been told that lack of eating is a normal part of the process. 

Hospice brought in a hospital bed for Mel today. She traded in her plush queen for a little twin. This will help the nurses access her better, and allow Mel's position to be adjusted.

All of the legal things associating with a death were finalized to day. Mel attempted a signature, it was notarized and a huge weight was lifted off my parents. 

One of the things Mel wanted to be sure to do while she could, was get her temple recommend renewed. She met with her bishop a couple of weeks ago. A member of the Stake came today to interview her. She was awake to answer the questions. He asked her if she wanted him to set her recommend on the nightstand, or if she wanted it. She told him that she wanted it. She took it and held it to her chest. Such a special thing! She held it in her hand until she was too relaxed to do so.

I was with Mel for a few hours today. I never heard her speak, and she only opened her eyes a few times, but there is something sacred about being there with her. There is a peace and reverence. I look at Mel and think about how much she has been through and think about what blessings await her. She has endured well. 

We loved to watch "The Voice" on Monday nights. I turned it on tonight in her room and sat there with her. She looked so peaceful. Her breathing is still labored, and it takes a lot out of her. I don't think she's is pain, and her nausea and vomiting seems to have subsided.

Kim will be flying in tomorrow from CO. It will be interesting to see if that wakes Mel up a bit.

Aunt Arlene and our cousin Trisha came tonight for a visit. It was good to see them. They have been a big support for Mel over the years.

Eva came over for several hours today to help out our mom. She is always there for mom! Thanks Eva!

Eva, Jennifer, Emily, Julie, Scott, and Les came over yesterday for a visit. Mel walked out to the living room and sat in her chair. She slept most of the time. We took a picture before they all left.

Thanks for all of the love and concern for our family. We are blessed with great family and friends. We love you all so much!

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