At University Hospital Feb. 2011

At University Hospital Feb. 2011
February 11, 2011 at University of Utah Hospital

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Best of time and worst of times

The best of times: staying with Liz and girls in Park City for Phil's most recent chemo at Huntsman (cycle 5), and having Adam and his daughter Haileigh, and Mark come visit us there.

Then at Huntsman, meeting amazing people: Louise and her daughter, Karen and her husband, Val and his daughter Jenny, Bonnie and Gary from Monticello, Lynn and her daughter Angie, Dov and his wife Tara, and his mom, Ona. When you spend 7 hours in the infusion lab, you meet some really amazing people!

Monday's infusion wasn't too bad. Tuesday, on the portable pump, Phil actually drove to Salt Lake to have lunch with John. Wednesday we left for home early enough so we could arrive at Moab Regional Hospital so Phil could get disconnected from his portable pump by 2:00 p.m.

The worst of times: But before we could leave Moab, Phil got sick and things went down hill from there. Sick or not, Phil woke up at 2:00 a.m. and went to work, calling later that morning to say he couldn't keep anything down. He wouldn't come home, though, because he had a live-remote broadcast from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. After a nap at Shon's, Phil got the job done. Friday wasn't much better. Phil worked long hours, all the time consuming nothing more than a couple of cans of Ensure.

For at least two days I was pretty distraught (interpretation: beside myself with worry). Then Adam drove down on Saturday and his visit made a huge difference to his Dad and me. Even though he was here less than 24 hours, it was a great comfort! Adam and Becky came to Sacrament meeting with us, then Adam drove the 300+ miles back home.

Phil lost 5 pounds last week; he still has very little energy and is exhausted all the time. But today was a beautiful day and he felt much better. YEAH!

By the way, for those of you who may not know--our family is our life! We are so grateful for the love and concern of our children: John, Jeff, Adam, Mark, Liz, & Becky. Our sons-& daughters-in-law: Alison, Brandon, Brian & Dave (even though we lost our daughter Stacey 9 years ago, we still claim Dave!). And our 23 grandchildren: Connor, Xander, Tristan, Zoe, Haileigh, Katelyn, Anna, Ellie, Josh, Keira, Kami, Ethan, Nathan, Emma, Emily, Dillon, Mary, Brandon, Jacob, Jared, Kylie, Brianne and Angie. All our children are now living in Utah except for Jeff, who lives in New Hampshire. But Jeff will visit this summer, to train and participate in the Wasatch 100. We're excited to get everyone together then.


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