Collie Sparling

First post: Jun 2, 2019 Latest post: Jun 18, 2019
Hello Everyone, 

Well, seven weeks have now passed since Dad has been hospitalized, and I know there are many many people that worry, pray and are concerned about him.  We appreciate all of the well wishes and know that prayer is powerful.  His current condition is a testament to that.  

On April 11th, Dad was admitted to the CB Regional hospital and diagnosed with Pneumonia.  Within days, complications developed and he was transferred by ambulance to the Halifax Infirmary Hospital.  The medical complications included a suspected inflammatory disease attacking multiple organs. This inflammatory attack is life-threatening for Dad, and this condition has inhibited his ability to walk and resulted in his loss of vision.  After weeks of multiple tests and procedures, the doctors are treating Dad for severe Rheumatoid Arthritis as well addressing problems with other organs.  Dad has received amazing care at the Infirmary with a team of medical professionals like none other; their ability to enhance his condition after being placed in their care is almost miraculous.  I saw Dad two days after he arrived at the Halifax Infirmary (his condition was very disturbing), and I then saw him again two weeks later – the change in his condition had profoundly improved – we are so grateful!  


His symptoms were a bit of a challenge for the group of medical specialists to ultimately diagnose.  However, they now have a clinical diagnosis and have designed a medical protocol and treatment, which began five days ago.  Obviously Dad’s response to the treatment will dictate the long-term prognosis – so we are in a bit of a holding pattern.  Your continued prayers and good wishes are important and very much appreciated.  

As mentioned, Dad is in Halifax (5 hours from his home), and this presents a geographical challenge for us.  Dad lives alone in Sydney, and us children live in Sydney, Edmonton and North Carolina.   His caring siblings are in Sydney, and Ontario.  My “saint” sister Heather has been there daily, and we can measure Dad’s progress by him ordering her around :).  My brother Gary travels every weekend to spend it with Dad.  My Aunt Joan traveled from Ottawa for a week, and his sisters Korena, Dolores, Carol Ann and brother Greg have made the trip multiple times.  I may be missing some, but I know Steven Slade, Larry Wall, Kelly Stenhouse, Sandra Campbell, Leslie Bickerton, Shelley McLeod and my sister-in-law Kathy also visited. I mention visitors because Dad absolutely loves having people visit.  Many of you know some of his true passions are watching sports and the current news on television.  He also loves to surf the web and participate in social media.  His current condition does not allow for this, and he finds the days very long.  If you are in the Halifax area and would like to drop by just to say Hello – he would be over the moon.  And we, his family, would be super grateful.  He is on Floor 8-2 of the Halifax Infirmary.   You can interact on this site, and we would be happy to pass any messages along.  Thank you for your continued good wishes for him.   

With Ultimate Gratitude, Colleen Shevsky

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