From Aunt Gay’s daily email –
Tues 9/29 3PM. Joe is still in ICU, still on the ventilator, still running a fever of about 102. The consensus among the docs is that he doesn’t have an infection, he has an inflammation of the pancreas. As far as I can tell, the plan is to keep all signs stable and wait it out. This may be a very long wait, one doc told me. So… one day at a time. He knew I was there today, but he wasn’t agitated, thank goodness. I can’t conveniently sit beside him–too much going on. So my plan is to duck in and call the nurse often and get out and about while I can.
I went to lunch with Steve Leigh, Rusty and Joel Zakem. Joel is the angel who has loaned me the apartment. This evening Rusty and I will hang out with Becca Levin and pet the kitties while her hubby is playing darts with friends.
Thanks for all your good wishes. We need them. Love, Gay
I waffle between flipping out, and thinking that “no news is good news”. Not so much flipping out today, thanks to both a lovely birthday package from my mom (lots of pictures of giraffes for my birthday! And fresh Key Limes!) and some Valium so that I could handle going to the dentist. Never thought I’d be glad to go to the dentist.
Get well soon, Unca Joe. I lost my dad; I lost Bill; I’m not really in the mood to lose you as well.