Friday, August 8, 2014


Prunedale, CA

On Wednesday my Mom and I took my Dad to
see his oncologist for a checkup.
She hadn't seen him for awhile, as she was
out herself due to a family medical emergency.
She was quite shocked at how he had gone downhill :-(
On her advice, we decided not to schedule any more radiation.
She also said it was time for home Hospice services.

A hospice nurse came to the house yesterday.
What a wonderful, caring service this is.
They filled out a lot of paperwork,
assessed his well being and pain levels,
and let us know what all they will do.
They really take all the worry of final days of your loved ones
off of the caregivers.
The primary goal now is to keep his pain levels
as low as possible.

My parents have always treated themselves
to monthly pedicures.
Of course this month's was impossible for my Dad.
So, the wonderful lady that does theirs,
came to the house to pamper my Dad a bit.

He slept through the whole thing,
but she massaged his hands, feet, legs, and head.
I think I saw him smile in his sleep.

We're happy that he will hopefully be kept comfortable here at home.

George is winding his last few weeks in Modoc, SC.
It's been raining a lot so the gatehouse hasn't opened
on the weekends.
He's been helping in other ways though.

We're still unsure if I'm going to be able to get back to work at Amazon.
George will be able to get there on his own,
 and we've heard that only one worker needs to work to get the site paid for.
So for now, that's looking like the plan.

My cousin is coming next week from Morro Bay to visit and help out a bit.
It will be nice to see her, as we make some more preparations.

Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers.


  1. Laurel,
    So very sorry to hear about your dad. I'm happy you are able to spend time with him and your mom. You'll never regret it.

    My dad had hospice care after he decided to go off dialysis. I agree they are the most caring, wonderful, helpful people. I don't know what my mom and I would have done without them. I spent the last three weeks of my dad's life at their home helping mom and being there with both of them. After he passed, I stayed with Mom for another three weeks to help her with all the insurance and everything she needed to take care of.

    Our thoughts are with you.

  2. I am so glad that good hospice care is available. I am sure they will be a great comfort to all.

  3. I'm so sorry things aren't going well for your Dad. I know you are glad that you were able to be there. I had to smile when I read your parents got monthly pedicures. I guess I know where you get the pedicure bug from. :)

  4. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your dad and your family.
    Take care,
    Jim and Linda

  5. We've heard so many good things about hospice. They will be a great service to him and to you. We're so glad you're there right now. Prayers continuing for all of you.

  6. Our hearts are breaking thinking of what you're going through. Hospice workers are wonderful for the loving care they provide. Our prayers will continue for you and your parents for peace and strength.

  7. You, your dad, your mom, and your whole family are in my thoughts.

  8. So sorry to hear about your Dad but glad to hear you and your Mom are getting help from Hospice. You and your family are in out thoughts and prayers.

  9. You are in our thoughts as well. The hospice people are saints. They are such a huge help and do make a big difference for the caretakers. So glad they are there for you.

  10. Hank and I say hello. You're in our thoughts and prayers.


  11. I am sorry to hear about your dad, but am glad he's being provided for by you, your mom and Hospice. Prayer for him, continues...

  12. Know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. So glad you can be their for your parents.

  13. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hospice is wonderful!

  14. Laurel, you & your family are in my thoughts & heart. My Dad had hospice care briefly before he passed & they were so caring & thoughtful. Your parents' manicurist is truly an angel in our midst. Take good care. Try to get enough sleep.

  15. My mother died of ALS and Hospice made her last weeks the best they could possibly have been. My father was ruining his own health her care was so difficult. They were magnificent. The people so wonderful. That local chapter has been a charity of mine for years. I am so sorry you need them but so glad they are there

  16. Hospice is wonderful, they helped make my dad's final days more comfortable. You and your family are in our prayers.

  17. Laurel, I am sorry to hear about your dad's decline but so glad you have hospice to help with his transition. I was a hospice volunteer back in Texas and have had some experience with hospice services for family. Hospice services are indeed a blessing. Keeping you all in thought, heart and prayer.

  18. It is so good to have Hospice available to help you and your family. I'm glad that I was able to meet your mom and dad at your wedding. You all continue to be in my thought and prayers.

  19. How wonderful that you and your family are giving your Dad the opportunity to determine his own destiny. I had a brother, just recently, who was fortunate in that respect, as well. Losing anyone you love is so difficult, but being in control of final days is a blessing. My thoughts remain with you during these difficult times.