Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Today was hard! For one thing, it was pouring down rain all day, which made for a pretty dismal day on top of the circumstances that are already going on in my family. I had to go to Babies R’Us to get some more diapers & baby wipes for Samuel, and, of course, what should have taken 5 minutes took over an hour. Samuel started crying in the store, so I had to make my way back to the moms’ room to soothe him. Once I got him to sleep, I got to the check-stand and realized that I had forgotten my purse in the car, so I had to leave everything at the check-stand and run out to the car with Samuel to get my purse. It was pouring out! So, I took Samuel outside, and then brought him back in. It’s a wonder he didn’t wake back up—for that, I’m lucky, I guess! Once I got out of Babies R’Us, I headed to NW to see my Dad. Of course, Samuel woke up and had messed his diaper before I even got into the hospital, so I had to sit in a lobby in the hospital basement and change him, then nurse him, then burp him. By this time, it was past 1pm. I finally made it upstairs to the cancer ward, and my Dad was not feeling well at all. He threw up when I was in there, and I felt so bad for him. He threw up probably a liter (at least) of stomach bile. He doesn’t want the nurse to put the tube back in his nose, because they usually have to try two or three times, and it is very uncomfortable for my Dad, so he didn’t tell the nurse that he threw up. He said he had been up the whole night before throwing up and feeling like he had the stomach flu. My Dad was not in very good spirits. I tried to cheer him up to no avail. I feel so bad for him that he has to go through this. I stayed with him until my Mom got back, then left at about 2:40pm. I’m trying to figure out what I can bring him tomorrow that will cheer him up. I think he needs some good movies, so I might rent a couple for him. It doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to go home today or tomorrow. This is a tough road to walk. I wish there was something more I could do for my Dad. It’s so sad & hard for everyone. Karli

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