Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Year 9

Arriving at the all day inservice to start my 9th year of teacher Grade 1:

This was the first time since this happened that I have not been there for the morning rounds. My Aunt said she would go and then update Conrad to update me. During the meeting, I stepped out to read this message:

It was too much. Even though it was exactly what we expected. It was hard to hear. No one really wants to hear that the doctor would be willing to meet. My principal told me to leave, gave permission for my friend Janice to drive me, and told me to go.... and I did. 

We did have our meeting when my sister arrived later in the day. It was a hard update to send to the family and friends:

We have had our meeting with the doctor and confirmed that this is not the life she would want. They will remove her breathing tube tomorrow and they will keep her comfortable until she passes.

When I updated my principal, he said a contingency plan had already been made and that I would not have to worry about school this week. I am blessed by my workplace and my supportive coworkers. This week is going to be a long one....

Monday, September 4, 2017


Today's morning rounds update: The MRI showed that the cortex of the brain has experienced significant trauma. They are removing sedation to wake her up. It's impossible to predict the outcome of this step. However after this many days it is a crossroad and they need to make an accurate neuro assessment to determine whether she will be able to wake up or not.

They began the waking process at 10:15 in the morning. Although the nurses continued to assess her reflexes and her response to stimulus in her pupils there was little change all day. We told and brought in my Dad because it was becoming clear that this might not end as well as we had hoped.

Reflexes are inconsistent and not initiated. They had to bring in a warmer as she was not able to regulate body temperature. She is on a ventilator and is not always initiating breaths. The doctor indicated that he would expect to see more initiated responses not just spontaneous. He did not sound hopeful.

Assured that no significant changes were expected overnight, we left for the evening and met Conrad's parents (Conrad's Dad had just checked out of the hospital emergency after receiving antibiotics for his foot infection) for supper while Kiandra was working.

All the time at the hospital over the last few days has meant eating out and so this was burger number 3 for me from Le Burger week:

Tomorrow the plan is for me to go to the school start up inservice. I have a student teacher and a busy week ahead. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The View From Here

Today's morning rounds update:

Her feeding tube has been suspended to prepare for an MRI today at 1:15. Her seizure medication has been upped to 2.0. (It was at .5 to start yesterday and it was 1.5 yesterday evening). 

The attending doctor cautioned us that he he didn't expect the results to be promising given the results of the 2 EEGs. He will know more after the MRI and update us with new information at that time.

The plan is that they will begin to try and wake her up after the MRI. They expect the MRI process to be a few hours because of all the work to transport all the machines and wires to the MRI clinic. It could be later this afternoon before we know anything.

and as we are learning everything takes more time than expected. We returned home late in the evening with plans to return in the morning hopeful for an update. 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Girls Night Out

I spent the morning at the hospital with my mom. Since the consensus was that today would be very much like yesterday and they didn't expect any significant changes I decided to do some errands (like much needed grocery shopping!) and then take Kiandra out for her birthday present: Phantom of the Opera!

First we went for dinner:
Roll Kuchen Burger for Le Burger Week:

and then off to the show:

It was an awesome show--the sets, the talent, everything-- and we really enjoyed it!

Friday, September 1, 2017

A different kind of date night

It was a long day at the hospital with my Mom. I arrived by 8:30 and left around 5:30. There's been no change for her and so we just wait. I had originally intended to be at school for some time during the day because I wasn't quite ready with everything I had planned AND I found out I'm getting two new students so I needed to add a few more name tags and supplies.

Le Burger week started today so we grabbed a veggie burger to go for me: (Conrad got Wendy's ;)

and Conrad lovingly helped me get my class ready for the year: 

A few hours later and I felt really good about the start of the year and we left the school. I'm thankful for my school, my job, my awesome husband. and that even in uncertain times I am surrounded with good things. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Unexpected ending to the day

The day started with errands with the girls:

A visit to the bank, returning the stuff Kezia no longer needs:

travel insurance:

Ikea stop:

We dropped off the girls (who had afternoon plans), picked up the boy, stopped for slurpees:

Stopped at the mall, met up with Kezia and her friend, and then came home to enjoy supper together. It was a busy kind of ordinary day...

...until we got the phone call. It was the hospital. My mom was there. Please come. 

The day that started off so ordinary all of sudden became not. 

My mom had fallen in her apartment elevator. An ambulance had brought her in. She was unresponsive for 20 minutes. She had no pulse. She was not breathing. They didn't know why. My mom was hooked up to so many wires and machines. This was not expected. By the time we left late in the evening we knew not much more than when we came. She was stable. She was sedated and we would wait and see....

From ordinary to not so ordinary...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On a mission

Attempting to finish my classroom set up today...

...but not quite done.  I have plans to finish on Friday. 

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