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Nothing Is Surprising
May 30th, 2012 @ 11:38 pm

My sister sent me this email in response to the news about the possibly unsterilized endoscope: No, David, I had not heard about the endoscope. I don’t even know what to say about that. At this point, I don’t think I would be surprised if they told us that a moose ran into Mom’s room […]

Intestinal Issues Persist
May 30th, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

I received a call from Dr. Bratu at Halifax Hospital. He said that he had prescribed mom some medication for inflammation of her bowels and colon, and that he wants to perform a thorough colonoscopy as soon as possible (maybe early next week).

Intensive Care
May 30th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

Someone gave me the email address for Deborah Reid, the Nurse Manager for ICU at Halifax Hospital. (I never sent her an email.)

Another Colonoscopy
May 30th, 2012 @ 10:18 am

I just sent the following email to my sister: Hey [name redacted], Nurse Patty — the same one who was there yesterday (Tuesday, May 29) — called me at 4:45 this morning to tell me that there was blood in mom’s stool. She called so they could get my permission to perform another colonoscopy. I […]

Status Update
May 29th, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

I just sent the following email: [name redacted], I’m copying [name redacted] on this since I haven’t had a chance to update her on my call with the hospital this morning yet, too. I’ll leave it up to [her] to update [name redacted] and / or [name redacted] if she wants. The nurse told me […]

No Bed Holds?
May 28th, 2012 @ 12:43 am

I just received this email from my sister: Hi, David. So, I talked to Jessica at Coastal. Their beds are full, and I will need to find yet another facility that will be able to meet Mom’s needs, whatever they may be by the time she is able to leave AND that will also take […]

News from Dr. Escander
May 24th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

I finally was able to talk to an actual doctor this morning about mom and the news is good. I talked to Dr. Escander — not sure about the spelling there — and he was very nice and extremely helpful and kind. Here are the notes that I took from our conversation: He said that […]

May 22nd, 2012 @ 10:01 am

My mom’s friend from her church visited her at Halifax Hospital today. She left me a voice mail, which I’ve transcribed here: “Hey David, it’s [name redacted]. I’m sorry I missed your call yesterday; I didn’t even hear the phone ring. I’ll probably send you a text. I just finished visiting your mom on my […]

An Update
May 17th, 2012 @ 8:35 am

I just sent the following email to my sister: [name redacted], I just talked to Christy, the morning shift nurse on mom’s floor. She said that there were no significant changes during the night, but that mom seems to be responding well to the antibiotics; her body temperature (which had been dangerously low) has returned […]

May 16th, 2012 @ 11:45 am

I talked to my sister to let her know what was happening with mom at Halifax. She reminded me that mom was taken to the ER at Halifax on Easter Sunday because of a bladder infection, and that I should make sure to have them check for that today in case it’s the same thing.