...we recently sent this email out to family and a small group of friends that we could recall while doing triage...
Dear Family and Friends,
My apologies for what will read like a list of instructions…
Please read the following email carefully. Shane and I have started this Caring Bridge page to provide updates on Dad’s health status. We will keep all updates and details here, as there is A LOT going on right now with both Mom and Dad, so we have our hands full. Having this single repository will make it easier to ensure that everyone has the latest, and the same information. We ask your help with the following:
Due to her dementia, Mom cannot retain what is going on with Dad. We are taking her to visit him frequently, so she can see him and speak to him. If you do speak to Mom, please do not discuss Dad with her. We are just repeating to her that Dad is having severe back pain and leaving it at that. Please just ask about how she is doing, feeling etc. Be prepared for a convoluted response from her due to her dementia.
Please keep any and all communication regarding Dad on the Caring Bridge site and off of social media. Caring Bridge is free and there are smartphone apps available and it will make communicating Dad’s status much more straightforward for us. Please do leave comments for him there as we will read them to him when we can. We will only provide updates when meaningful to do so. Once on the Caring Bridge site, please be sure to sort the entries from ‘old to new,’ as the first entry provides the most basic information we have to date. So far, we only have a couple of entries.
I have copied most family and friends that I could think of with a need to know. I am not sure if I have old email addresses for some or not. Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that I might have overlooked.
We wish we had the luxury of time to speak to each one of you to discuss what has transpired but we just can’t right now. Please forgive us for not picking up the phone or responding to texts etc., We would if we could. Again, we will update Caring Bridge with the latest information we have.
If you would like to send a note or card to Mom and Dad, they would love it. You can send cards to our address at: Shane and Alex Kelly, 328 Peachtree Hills Cir NE, Atlanta, GA 30305-4238.
Prayers are most welcome. We are having to relocate Mom so she can receive additional care while Dad is unable to see to her needs. Please pray that this transition goes smoothly.
Shane and I clearly understand now why we were brought back to Atlanta, and that is an answered prayer. The CaringBridge link is: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/charleskelly2016
Alex and Shane