Kind of a Hard Day

For better or for worse, this page has temporarily been taken over by my family’s crisis. I know that there are many of you who have been checking in here to see how things are going. So:

My mother is now in an unresponsive state, and is in a Cheyne-Stokes respiratory pattern. She is receiving intravenous saline, morphine to control her pain (at 5 mg/hr.), and no nutrition.

The last coherent words she exchanged with anyone were with me, as I left her room late on Sunday night. She is already gone; perhaps she will still be breathing in the morning.

The staff at Tri-City Medical Center, in Oceanside, California, and her doctors, Daniel Vicario, James Brinkman, and Chris Lewis, are nothing short of saintly. I have seen quite the opposite often enough to appreciate it.

Thank you all. Added to my list of topics to visit upon resuming normal operations here is the book “Miracles”, by C.S. Lewis.

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  1. I am very sorry, Malcolm. I believe C. S. Lewis has also written a book on grief. I haven’t read it. If you do read some Lewis and want to discuss it with someone, I recommend Victor Reppert.

    The Lewis book I was thinking of is A Grief Observed.

    Posted March 28, 2006 at 6:47 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Thanks so much, Bill.

    The book Miracles is directly concerned with the issue at the heart of much of what we have been talking about lately, namely the clarification and plausibility of the supernatural. But this is not the place to begin a discussion about it. I’ll be back in New York next week, and hope to have rested mind, body, and spirit soon afterwards enough to begin again.

    Thanks also for the suggestion about Victor Reppert.


    Posted March 29, 2006 at 1:42 am | Permalink