Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I Woke Up With a Piano in My Left Abdomen

It is Wednesday.

My parents arrived last night in the midst of a torrential rainstorm. They stayed for only a few minutes before driving to spend the night at the home of some of their friends.

An hour earlier, my cousin Sue and Aunt Betty dropped by with a load of food from Elegante Pizzeria and Restaurant in Forest City. There is more than enough to feed our family, the Woodalls, my parents, and my two brothers (who will be arriving this afternoon).

Other folks are preparing food, which we are having to store in our pastor's extra refrigerator.

One of my college fraternity brothers, Larry, called last night. I was able to update him on my progress. He said he would let some of my other fraternity brothers know about my condition.

I had a painful night. My pain reached a level of 8 or 9 on a scale of 10. My wife had to call hospice. The nurse increased my dosage of morphine and also told my wife to give me two oxycontin tablets if the morphine did not help. After taking both medications, the pain subsided enough for me to sleep, but never really went away. I woke up this morning with a piano in my left abdomen (actually, it was a bad pain, but having a piano in my abdomen may explain the pain).

First thing this morning I recorded a book on tape for Isaac and worked on letters to share with my children on special events in their lives.

My parents arrived here about 10:00 this morning. The Woodalls left to do some errands and make some visits.

I received several e-mails from college fraternity brothers and enjoyed replying.

At lunch we talked about funeral plans and burial plots. Apparently there are some plots available in the Canaan Corners Cemetery in a section where my mom's parents are buried.

We just had a visit from the home health nurse. She flushed my port and increased the dosage on my fentanyl patch.

We continue to receive many nice phone calls, e-mails, and cards from friends who are praying for us and desire to be an encouragement to us.

Merrily is taking a well-deserved nap while my parents have gone to pick up our children from school.

The children are back from school. We are waiting for the Woodalls and my brothers to get here so that we can enjoy our Italian feast.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jim,
we love you and your family. We continue to pray for you.

Clint Plyler (BBS classmate).

Bobby Lyerly said...

Jim - I'm glad your folks have gotten there. I'm also glad that you have a way to manage the pain. Just know that we're here for you too. I've forwarded your blog to Kathy and Tim Burle, Tony and Teresa Ingram, Bill and Bev Walker - and also to some friends at Keller Williams who are journeying with you as well. Our love to you.

Scott Becker said...

Hi Jim,

This is Scott Becker. I am so sorry to hear about your condition. I just found your blogs and am inspired by the love of your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
God Bless,
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Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,
I am originally from the Honesdale area, but now live down in Lancaster. I check the Wayne Independent Online every now and then to keep up on what's going on up there at home and just saw your story. My Dad was 45 when he had cancer, I was 23, & my youngest brother was 3. I'm praying for you and your family.
Love in Jesus,
Terri

Anonymous said...

Jim, I just wanted to tell you how much I love you. You and Merrily are role models for us all. Merrily, I am a phone call away, and I will be on a plane for you. I love you dear sweet friend. I am praying for you constantly.

FYI, Chuck was a rabble rouser as well--bet you can imagine that! Love to sweet James and Allie and Isaac.
Tricia Wilson, twilson@schnabel-eng.com

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Mr. Bond,
I attended CCA a few years before you became a teacher there. I have heard many wonderful things about you and your family and I just wanted you to know that my husband and I pray for all of you daily.
God Bless you all.

Anonymous said...

I read your story in the paper this morning. I am very touched by it. I think I met you briefly quite a few years ago at Wayne Memorial Hospital. I used to work in Human Resources there. I also know your Mom. She is a very sweet lady. I think it is a wonderful thing that you are doing letters and stories for your children. After losing my mom five years ago, I have come to realize that memories are some of our most precious possessions. Some people do not get the opportunity to do what you are doing because things happen so quickly and unexpectedly. I am sure what you are doing for your children will be cherished by them for the rest of their lives. It can't be easy to do, but I admire your strength and unselfishness by taking the time for your family to ensure that they have what they will need to cope. I am praying for you and your family. Miracles do happen.

Anonymous said...

Bruce sent us all of the blog, and I have spent a long time reading and gaining inspiration from you. I can still see your wonderful smile. You are indeed my hero, and inspiration. i hope i can act like you when my turn comes.
I have had two hip replacements and breast cancer, but came out shining.

Melody looks wonderful and so strong. Youa re indeed bnlessed.

love
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LOve the picture of your oldest--he was five when you left.

Brooke said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are an inspiration to everyone!
Brooke Minor and Sam Chapman

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