Thoughts From Scolaw

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bummer of a Day

Sometimes, we take life for granted. We all think we will live forever, but know we won't. Therefore, I am at a crossroads today. An uncle of mine, who has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks now, will be taken off of life support today. He originally went in for an upper GI test, in which he had to swallow barium. The barium somehow went into his lungs as he got choked on it. From there, he went downhill.

The doctors and nurses worked feverishly on him, and aspirated the barium from his lungs. What they subsequently found out was that he had gallstones, and his pancreas was about to explode. His temperature had reached an astonishing 105 degrees, and that alone pretty much set his other organs into dormancy.

His kidneys stopped functioning properly, so dialyses was ordered. It didn't work out so well. His lungs quit working on their own, so he was put on life support. They tried to ween him off the ventilator, but each time they did, his body was not strong enough to support itself. His body weight when he went into the hospital was 180 lbs., but since he has retained so much fluid, he now weighs 290 lbs.

To take him off the life support was a gut-wrenching decision my aunt had to make. The doctors' pretty much said they have done all they can do. They had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last November, and they both looked so happy together. They like to travel around the US and campout in their home-on-wheels (I'm not kidding, this thing is huge), and enjoy each others company.

So, today I am saddened by what could be the loss of a very close uncle, who has meant alot to me over the years. Him and my aunt were not lucky enough to produce children of their own, so they adopted two children, who have grown into wonderful adults. They each have their families now, and I know this will hurt them more than anything they have been through. So, I will pray a little prayer for them, in the hopes that they will be able to come to terms with what is going on, and give them strength to make it through it. I also pray that my uncle will somehow pull out of this and be okay.

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