I was delighted to arrive today and find Sam up and able to talk well enough that I could understand him without too many requests for him to repeat himself. I repeated everything back to him, to make sure I understood. When I was mistaken he would just stare at me in silence and then I’d guess, or not, and eventually he’d try again. He even snacked on the impractical treats I brought (brie, eggplant dip and tortilla chips): “I love it!” he said. 🙂
We had a pretty intense conversation, going over his will, what he wants bequeathed to whom, where he wants his body donated, what kind of celebration he wants us to have in his honor and to generate closure on our relationships with him. More details forthcoming.
Looks like Sam will have a bit of surgery this Thursday to insert a g-tube; just to accommodate the challenges he has swallowing. He did have a fluid IV for a couple of days – had gotten dehydrated but “plumped up” real quick as soon as he got those fluids restored. This last round (of cold/infection and disease progression) took him for a ride, that’s for sure.
Paul, the infamous fiancee, hung with us for a bit. He’s a mechanic, and didn’t think the mechanic’s joke (following) was funny, but laughed at a bunch of the others.
We only got through some of the email; sorry if we didn’t get to yours yet. :-/ I did read Sam one snail mail Xmas letter from Dick Bisbee – Sam seemed surprised about the defibrillator but is glad all seems well. As always, Sam loves the jokes and your news. The favorite of those we read so far? The Bannister of Life (esp. #s 3, 4 and 5) and Bird Flu.
The Bannister of LifeBird Flu
Symptoms of the BIRD FLU…The Center for Disease Control has released a list of symptoms of bird flu. If you experience any of the following, please seek medical treatment immediately:
1. High fever
5. Aching in the joints
6. An irresistible urge to shit on someone’s windshield