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Apr 22, 2017
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Dear friends and family,
I have some news you should be aware of.
Friday morning, March 31, when I got up, Sheila was already awake. She had been up all night, thinking over her health situation.
Despite all her efforts to nourish herself, she was continuing to lose weight. She was down to 77 lbs. She was very weak. She was trouble walking. Her speech had deteriorated to the point that even I have trouble understanding her. This was made worse because parts of her jaw bone have been exposed for over two years. Mouth pain had returned and she was in pain and her quality of life is very, very low. Over the past 6 years, Sheila and I, have seen more doctors than we can count, but her health issues have not improved and getting worse.
Sheila and I discussed her wishes and she decide to call Hospice.
As of today, Sheila can’t walk at all. She speech has gotten even worse, more often than not, I can’t understand her. She is not very coherent a lot of the time. The Hospice nurses tell me this is more due to her deteriorated health than the pain drugs she is on.
Her parents got here Monday. She perked up a little after that. But she seems to have lost ground today. I am not sure what lies ahead. As far as how long Sheila has, I really do not know.
We are creating this site to keep you, Sheila's family and friends, up to date on her condition. If you decide that you would like to come visit, please be prepared, Sheila is in very bad shape. As much as I would like to accommodate everyone, we are working around the reality of the situation. It would best to check with me, before you decide you would like to visit.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I wish I had some good news, but I am afraid we are past that point.