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7/26/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our 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. Thank you for visiting.
We have a joke in our family. It goes like this..."when Armageddon comes, there will be three survivors alive on earth...cockroaches, Keith Richards and Jean Levy. " Her will to live has amazed all of us for years, and recently, it fooled all her doctors at St. Lukes Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho, where she was admitted on December 2, 2016 into ICU.
After 2 weeks she was discharged back to Lincoln County Care in Shoshone, Idaho. But after being there for only a few days, my brother Buddy and I, who had spent a snowy night in Twin Falls, and were about to drive to Shoshone to see her, we got another call that she was on her way back to St. Lukes in Twin Falls to the Emergency Room.
She was lifeless. That day we feared the worst. Doctors and nurses crowded around her, machines beeped and poked at her. Both the hospital chaplain Tracia and the genius young palliative care social worker Christina came down to comfort us - well mostly me since I am the crybaby in the family.
Again, I stayed with her in the hospital for another week. And again, she pulled through.
By the time she was discharged on December 21, hospitalist Dr. Fortuin said 'I just throw up my hands when I see cases like hers.'
It is now July and she is still kicking. I have been here in Idaho since December.
She is still at Lincoln County Care in Shoshone. I have been staying in Hailey and go down to see her 2 - 3 times per week. Hopefully with this Caring Bridge page you will feel more 'in the loop' about what is happening with my mom. Please post your comments and I will read them to her each time I go to visit.
It has been very up and down. Around Easter she had a set back and once again, I feared the worst. Lance came down and we could barely get a word out of her. Then the same thing happened around Mother's Day. But then I'll go see her like I did last Sunday and she is alert, talkative, funny and sarcastic - that's when we know she is doing her best, as if her sense of humor starts to fail, that's when I worry the most.
Her friend Margee from Hailey is now also at Lincoln County. She has been really helpful in encouraging my mom to get out of bed, into the wheelchair and go to the dining room for dinner. This is a major undertaking for her and takes a lot of energy to accomplish. But she does it anyway.
I don't want to ramble on too long here as I just want to get this thing out to all of you who care about her and then I will start posting stories and more photos.