Welcome to Dorette and Arnie's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement at this time.
The last year has been a hard year for both Dorette and Arnie. Mom and Dad have found themselves battling for their health and normalcy in the day to day. Their health issues have made it difficult to be with each other as of late. Married for 46 years and spending time away is taxing on them and on all of us.
Mom has been dealing with some type of dementia, which we started noticing late last summer. She has been dealing with intense physical decline in the past few months. After multiple hospital stays, she was placed in a Transitional Care Unit for recovery. On Friday, March 24th, mom was rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator. It is there where we found out that she is fighting Influenza B, pneumonia in her left lung, septic shock, and MRSA (staph infection). Her heart was in arterial flutter, and had to be shocked twice to reset her hearts normal rhythm, which did not work. Her blood pressure is low and her heart rate very high. Her white blood cells are almost non existent, making it very difficult for her to fight infections. Currently she remains sedated, in a critically ill state. Due to moms critical condition, visitors are limited to immediate family at this time.
Onto Dad. Dad has recently been diagnosed with stage three Multiple Myeloma, or Bone Marrow Cancer. He is undergoing weekly infusion and oral chemotherapy. The treatment makes dad extremely weak and tired. Currently he is living with Alicia and her family. It is very difficult for dad to give up so much of his independence in day to day tasks. He has suffered being blind in his right eye for years, and now is dealing with low vision in the left. He misses mom and his spirits are quite low, much more now that she is fighting for her life in the hospital.