Moving on and saying goodbye…

She kept us on our toes for six weeks, clocking an impressive array of medical emergencies one after the other. Who knew that heart failure could be so stunning, and tragic, and poignant. I got front row seats to a thoracentesis procedure, where the fluid was sucked out of her lungs through a long needle. I got to sit with the MRI technician at 3 am as he isolated the network of carotid arteries on the screen, searching for the occlusion. I got a crash course in thyroid function and how it slowly but steadily weakened one system after another, the signs flashing by without me recognizing their urgency except in hindsight. She racked up to eleven specialists/teams coordinating her care by the end, with visits nearly every hour 'round the … [Read more...]

Late night hospital watch rambling

The waning moon is still bright, and I think to the Kingdom's geckos that are starting to tuck in on the other side of the planet. It's the fifth night sleeping in a chair by my mom's hospital bed. I look over at her and my next thought is whether it's Hypnos or Morpheus who rules over the land of eternal darkness, beyond the gates of the rising sun... … [Read more...]