October 5th, 2004


Good Stuff

Good stuff today, in list format:

Waking up went very well. :-)

Not too too tired in History of India.

George showed up in my interclass break, and I borrowed his articles to study for the afternoon's exam.

Fencing scored 2 good elbow hits in epee. Yeah, that'll discourage them from attacking. Held my own in the bouts overall as well, and would have done alot better if I'd been aiming at the whole body rather than just wrist and arm like we were told.

In Physics, I got a fair amount of the first Julian Kestrel book read.

Exam went ok, too many buzzwords and I ran out of time, but the instructor is that much of a softie I think I'm ok.

Had a wonderful walk home with jazz007. Then, an excellent game of scrabble she wrote up far better than I can now. So go read her entry on it.

Got a call much appreciated and needed from my dear friend commodorified.

And now to bed.

Edit: Oh yeah, coolest thing. jazz007 said she's gotten so much into Cordelia's Honor, she found it very hard to stop reading and come see me. Is that not amazing?

Bad Stuff

Well, today's had it's full share of bad news. My mother called this evening to say her mother had been doing badly today. She had double kidney failure years ago and has been following a steady regime of dialysis 3 days a week ever since. More recently, she finally moved to a nursing home while I was in New Zealand. I visited her there over the summer, and she was alert, responsive, etc, just unable to live under my grandpa's care. Here's the email my dad sent his side of the family today.

Hi all!  We learned this afternoon that Dot is struggling more.  For the last month or two she has been losing weight, sleeping more and more, and rarely talking.  Some days are better than others, though.  She had a very hard day today, with fever and was unable to take food or medicine. Chip came down to be with Charles at the nursing home in trying to decide on a course of action.  Apparently some Tylenol is helping, and they are trying antibiotics in case this is pneumonia.  Hopefully she'll be able to go to dialysis tomorrow as scheduled and the doctor there can offer better advice.  It may be that this is the time to opt for hospice, which would mean a final few days.  Dolly will probably fly up tomorrow, but will decide in the morning.  We'll keep you posted and will appreciate your prayers for all.


Mom's got a 2pm flight, and I'll be getting phone calls to keep me updated. I expect that depending on what they decide, I'll fly up Wednesday or Thursday. We'll see. Maybe it will all get better, but this has been building for a long time.