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My brother passed away this morning. Last night was rough.


My brother was restless this morning, becoming agitated when they moved him from ICU to the pallative care floor. The noisy machines are off. He is on a saline drip and morphine. I don’t think he...


My brother’s night was not good. He tried to get up unassisted and was restless in the early morning hours. The doctor instructed SIL to call family in for a last visit. A Chaplin is coming at 1....


April 29, 2017

Too Busy in Day by Day

Thanks, everyone, for your supportive words. No time to reply to each individually, so please accept the [group hug]. I’m probably hyper-sensitive right now. My brother is losing the battle with ...


April 28, 2017

I Call it BS in Day by Day

You know, I’m a fairly open book. Gypsywynd has met me in real life and I think she can attest to the fact that what you see here on PB is what you’ll see if you ever meet me. I don’t engage in h...


We went to Tampa to see my brother last week. He had a bad night on Friday and was still struggling when we arrived Saturday. His breathing was rapid and shallow, he had a lot of pain in the ribc...


My brother will be on a ventilator today. His situation is much worse. Prayers appreciated. We’re headed to Tampa.


They are still waiting for results but the doctors are pretty sure its esophageal cancer. SIL said my brother needs surgery asap or he won’t make it, so she’s hoping surgery on Friday but that’s ...


I see online journaling as an interactive experience: we write, others respond, we weigh that response and either employ it or reject it. I’m always a bit taken aback by people who take offense b...


Just a quick note to let you all know that my brother is not out of the woods (lung biopsy tomorrow, endoscopy on Wednesday) but the “super oxygen” and “super antibiotics” (vico-something) has he...


I wrote this e-mail to family and friends who want updates on my brother’s condition: “My [SIL] called and she’s pretty discouraged, enough that she’s finally agreed to a second opinion at Mayo i...


Green Thumb asked for our family’s roll recipe. This one comes from my husband’s Amish grandmother’s collection. It is very versatile. The dough can be formed into balls for dinner rolls or gussi...


April 08, 2017

Preparations in Day by Day

I cooked up a honey glazed ham yesterday, carved it and layered it in a baking dish with pineapple and apples and stuck it back in the freezer for Easter. It is much easier doing it ahead of time...


Thanks to all who’ve asked about my younger brother. I hadn’t called in a few days because I know they’re swamped with calls from well-wishers and you can’t get mad because they’re showing love a...


Rant #1: Younger brother and stepmother have both contacted me about my older brother’s poorly written obituary. As I said before, my older brother hated me from the day I was born. I was asked t...


A new weekend is here and I’m skipping church tonight. I’m just sort of tuckered out. Our nephew and his family are here for a week, but staying out on the key. We had a lovely visit this afterno...


Hmmm…not sure how to title this entry, so I guess I’ll write first and title later. My younger brother is going downhill. The doctors were going to do an endoscopy, but my brother wanted to wait ...


The weekend is behind me. I started to see some improvement on Friday in my younger brother: much less pain, a cheerfulness that had been missing, and he went on and on about redesigning medical ...


March 24, 2017

Quick Update in Day by Day

Waiting on my husband to finish up a job then we head to Tampa to see my younger brother. Step mom has arrived and we’re going to do a tag-team push to get him to agree to go by ambulance to the ...


March 21, 2017

CRASH! in Day by Day

BOTH computers crashed the other day. We had to wipe the laptop’s hard drive clean. It’s back up and running, but I can’t get online. Clunky old Mr. Desktop chugs along. He’s twenty years old, bu...


March 20, 2017

Drama? Really? in Day by Day

I’m putting the brother entries on private. Last night I made a comment on someone’s entry about my personal preference based on things I’ve seen. I received a rather defensive reply. I responded...


March 05, 2017

Catching My Breath in Day by Day

Last week was downright crazy. Our niece and her husband were here for four days, which meant a lot of entertaining on top of an already hectic schedule. They flew into Tampa, which is a signific...


There’s a reason it’s called “Chasing the Dragon”. Heroin has surged once again in our community. The first hint came last night when I called to follow up on a client, who told me he’d been aske...


The United Way presentation turned out to be more question and answers. They were very nice and took notes. I was able to tie our interest to theirs by honing in on some of their focus. For insta...


February 12, 2017

Sunday Ramblin' in Day by Day

Another busy week looms. I have to present our non-profit to United Way this week, so I’m focused on that AND finishing up my online profile for the matching funds program. I’m excited but nervou...


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