January 15th, 2007
Terry will have quadruple bypass heart surgery at 1:30 tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. The surgery is expected to last about 5 to 6 hours. They will not need to do anything with the mitral valve. I will update here as soon as I know anything. Please continue to pray.
January 15th, 2007
Aunt Sue came home from the hospital yesterday. They said there was nothing more they could do for her medically. She is very weak but glad to be home. She now has to make the decision of whether or not to quit chemo. She will see the doctor later this week to discuss that option.
Terry is feeling better this morning than he was yesterday. He is scheduled for another echocardiogram today to determine if he needs a quadruple rather than triple bypass and whether or not he needs work done on his mitral valve. At this time surgery is scheduled for tomorrow (the hospital was over-booked for surgery today).
Mama and Pops are on the way home.
January 12th, 2007
My Cousin Terry is currently in recovery at Wake Med. His wife, Tracy, just got off the phone with Mama. Terry is scheduled for triple bypass surgery Monday morning. He has one artery completely blocked and two more almost completely blocked. The doctor was surprised that Terry has not already had a fatal heart attack but said he should feel twenty years younger after the surgery.
Aunt Sue has had a good day today and seems mentally alert. They still have no idea why she went off the deep end last night but are monitoring her closely.
Mama and Pops are heading for Carolina in the morning. By the way…Happy Birthday Mama!!
January 11th, 2007
Aunt Sue has taken a turn for the worse tonight and has once again lost her mental lucidity. She is hallucinating and believes she is somewhere other than where she is and that she has to go home. The family has been by her side however there are now new worries.
Aunt Sue’s oldest son, Terry, has been admitted to the same hospital and is in congestive heart failure. Doctors removed 17 pounds (yes, that is 17) of fluid from around his heart today. He is scheduled to be moved tomorrow to Wake Med and will undergo Angioplasty. The doctors wanted him at Wake Med in case anything else needs to be done since Raleigh Community is not equipped to handle his situation.
Mama talked to Terry by telephone this evening. He says he is okay but obviously his mother is topmost in his thoughts right now. Mama and Pops are heading home Saturday morning. Knowing my Mama, she will not rest easy until she has laid eyes on both Aunt Sue and Terry.
Please continue to pray for this family…my family.
January 10th, 2007
My Uncle Curtis (Mama’s brother) went to Raleigh last night to see Aunt Sue and was pleasantly surprised. Her mental faculties seem to have improved quite a bit. She is still very ill and has a long way to go but at least she is showing some improvement. Thank you for making that trip Uncle Curtis.
Continue your prayers please.
January 9th, 2007
Aunt Sue is still in Raleigh Community Hospital and is expected to remain hospitalized for the next several days. Mama talked to her nurse by phone today and was told this is all a reaction to the last round of chemo. Aunt Sue is extremely dehydrated and mentally out of it however her cognitive awareness seems to come and go and appears to be bettering a little bit. The nurse said the situation is bad but she does not feel the family needs to be making arrangements to come at this point. I’ll pass on more as it becomes available.
January 8th, 2007
Aunt Sue was hospitalized again early this morning for complications following her last chemo treatment. I spoke with Uncle Connie moments ago and he said, “It’s bad”. Please, I know I’ve asked this before and I will keep asking for as long as it takes, please pray.
January 8th, 2007
Ruby Parrish, daughter of Jesse Daniel & Myrtle Stephenson Parrish, widow of Vernon Parrish, passed away early this morning in Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, North Carolina. Arrangements are pending.
Ruby Parrish Parrish
06/13/1921 – 01/08/2007
January 1st, 2007
I received another e-mail from Tommy this morning.
“I just want to bring you up to date on Ray’s condition. He is still in the hospital and now semi-conscious. When I went to see him last night he said to me, ‘Will I ever see you again?’ I am superstitious so he has a long way to go to recovery and he could still die if he had another stroke, heart attack or the hospital infection comes back.”
Please continue your prayers and keep them going for Tommy as well.
December 22nd, 2006
Stephen Wood, son of Allen Wood and grandson of Aaron Wood, was seriously injured in a single vehicle accident yesterday afternoon near Clayton, NC. You can get the details of the story from the newspaper article right here.
Stephen is also a brother-in-law to Tony Dunn (husband of Cathy Carter Dunn).
Please keep Stephen and this family in your prayers.