Jan 11, 2021 Latest post:
Jan 14, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.
For all who are coming here to check in on David, here is an overview of his journey over recent time. Dad is living in Wichita KS with his wife Katie. He has been in declining health for a while, with growing amounts of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's. However he's been super happy, is really well cared for by Katie and still a joy to hangout with. My brother Drew and I and his daughter Sondra visited him Christmas of 2019 and had a lovely time. He made it to the airport to say goodbye.
In late Oct of this year, he had a mild stroke and suffered an infection and spent the next 45 days in various hospitals and rehab centers. It was very difficult on everyone as some of the facilities didn't allow visitors at all, even Katie. When he was released in mid-December, he was very weak and spent much of his time in bed. However he had times where he would rally. I drove out to see him the day after Christmas and while it was a difficult visit, we had a couple of really nice times, along with his sister Sally and niece Sara. We got him in the car for a trip for ice cream, and we went through a ton of old photos, slides of his that I had scanned over the Christmas break (I've uploaded some of them to the gallery on this site). He remembers very little of the last few decades but recognized old friends from UoM and early CCL.
After I left he deteriorated further and on Jan 5th, he was transported to the ER and has been in the ICU since. He has improved there but is still bedridden, on oxygen and not speaking much. They limit visitors but Katie has been able to see him most days. There is no current prognosis on when he might return home. The nurses tell Katie he is still very physically strong.