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Here's an abbreviated version of Dad's status: Bob started feeling badly with a horrible headache last weekend. Though that passed fairly quickly, some other symptoms emerged and on Wednesday, August 23rd we took him to the ER at Emory Johns Creek where he was subsequently admitted. An MRI the next day yielded a tough diagnosis of a glioblastoma tumor in the right frontal lobe. On Friday night he went into respiratory distress and was taken to ICU, where he is now. Over the course of the last two days he has struggled with an aspiration event which has caused pneumonia. They are treating that with antibiotics and are using steroids to reduce brain swelling from the tumor. Today was better as he was removed from the morphine and has regained a level of cognizance, but still clearly has a diminished mental state. The situation is day-to-day in terms of the medical course of action, though the tumor is considered inoperable. We will meet again with the ICU team tomorrow.
For those of you who know Dad (also known as PaPa to his loving six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren), you know he is a man of God, a lover of Jesus, a devoted husband to his dear wife, Fredi, and loved by all who know him. He has been surrounded by family and friends, near and far, and covered with prayer. We truly covet your prayers for peace and wisdom. Whenever the time comes for Dad (and, indeed, for all of us), we take comfort in John 14:2 "My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?"
Please keep Bob and Fredi and the medical team in your prayers!
(P.S. For complete accuracy, Dad is Robert L. Necessary and his son, Bob, is not "junior"...I used the distinction of Bob, Sr. to make sure there was no confusion)