Sunday, July 1, 2012

Good News Bad News

Hi There Dear Friends and Family

Thank you all for your kind words of support and encouragement and for all your prayers. I’m sorry I don’t have the luxury of time nor the energy to respond to each of you individually but I do appreciate each of you more then you can know. Rather then try to answer all your lovely e mails I will try to update my blog daily so you can all come here and be kept informed.

The Good News is Jim is improving. His doctors are encouraged and we are now all optimistic that he wont need surgery but he still has a long way to go before they can say that for sure. He was more comfortable yesterday and not using the morphine much but very uncomfortable and using the morphine again today. None the less he does look better,  I can’t say good but at least better. 
We've learned we had been misinformed, he only has one problem, the obstruction is being caused by the infection and not two separate issues.

The Bad News is it is the weekend. Jim is at the mercy of doctors he doesn‘t know and they don’t know him or his history. I can’t help but wonder if they even give a damn. Yesterday, without discussing it with Jim and for reasons that defy all reason, someone decided to discontinue his emphysema medications. He had an absolutely miserable night. Thankfully they did not take away his rescue inhaler or his nebulizer treatments but today he is still suffering the effects of not having the other medications. I am grateful Jim is alert and able to be proactive in his care. The nurse told me he really gave the doctor an earful and his medications will be restored. I have requested his pulmonologist (lung specialist) be consulted just to be on the safe side.

At this point the very last thing Jim needs is to eat or drink but the hospital dietician called him last night and asked him what he would like for breakfast. Apparently someone had ordered meals for him. God save us.

I have decided to try to make Jim a card every day. This is the card I made for him on Sat. Quite simple, a Campbell’s soup can. I couldn’t resist the inside.

I’ll try to update you all tomorrow.

Love, Hugs & Blessings



  1. This card will certainly lift his spirits. So glad to see that he is moving in the right direction.

  2. Hello Bernie

    Thank you for letting us know about Jim, I am so pleased he is getting slowly better. A brilliant card Bernie, and I love the Campbell soup idea.
    Take good care of yourself.


  3. Hi Bernie, just to let you know that I am thinking of your Jim and hoping that he makes a speedy recovery. I'm sure the card a day is the best pick-me-up Jim could hope for - hope the Campbell's tin was full of chicken soup :) Hugs, Elizabeth xx

  4. Hi Bernie, so good to hear your Jim is improving. Slow but steady is good. Great idea for a card, and oh how I laughed at the inside. Just LOVE it! You're a genius, and it will make him smile, I am sure. You do what you have to do, and your priority now is Jim & taking care of yourself as well. Hugs.

  5. Oh Bernie! So happy to hear the news.

    How u have mojo to be creative and do clever is beyond me, but u inspire me!


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