Dad is still day-to-day. He’s not doing well, but he’s not expected to be doing well. It sounded like he was doing better as the fluid in his lungs was expelled. However, he still can’t breathe on his own and that’s not good.
He doesn’t seem to understand much of what is going on but at the same time he is lucid enough to recognize everyone. He did ask about his cat yesterday afternoon, so my sister took a picture of the cat and had it printed up and took it to him. Not being a cat person, I’m tempted to say he’s lost his mind, but I know he loves his quirky cat! He can barely talk, and with the mask on his face, he can barely be understood. They’re just trying to keep him comfortable. I guess you get the picture.
So, in light of that and after discussions with siblings and my mother and with Bethie, I’ve gone ahead and purchased a flight for December 15 to December 24. I’ll stay that first night with the sister who lives about 30 minutes away from Mom. She’ll take me over before her work the next day. I’ll stay with Mom from there and just be there for her.
If Dad survives the hospital stay, he would be moved into a medical hospice around the 12th. He won’t be coming back home for multiple reasons is what I understand. It’d be nice if I could see him again, but that’s in God’s hands and that’s His decision. I last saw him in July 2013 and last had a conversation with him a couple months ago for about a minute. This past year he has talked less and less and in most of calls I made, he was too tired to talk, so we didn’t talk.
That’s the way of this world. We can only really look forward to the hope that we’ve laid hold of that is secure within the veil.
17So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.