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They've got WiFi at the hospital, a small but appreciated blessing. The coffee here, however, is a bit raw.

DiL had a fever last night, so they're postponing the pace maker surgery. fosteronfilm and I have been reading out loud to him. He seems to appreciate the Thurber. He actually grinned after one of them: "The Shrike and the Chipmunks."

They're going to try to take him off the ventilator again tomorrow. Last time they tried, his throat started swelling shut due to irritation from the tube, so after an hour and a half they had to replace it. But he was taking breaths on his own before that. He's strong enough to breathe unassisted. If only we can just get him over the swelling and the intermittent fevers.

Hospitals, not cheery places.
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On July 6th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
No, they're not. DiL is very lucky to have you there for support. It's wonderful that you're reading to him.
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On July 6th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. DiL is a retired English teacher, used to be able to recite Macbeth from rote memory. And I'm sure he's bored to tears when he's awake. And since he can't talk and it's hard to hold up a single-sided conversation, we figured hearing us read would at least be comforting.
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On July 6th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Your well-wishes are greatly appreciated.
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On July 6th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC), fahkingnut commented:
You know, every time I turn around you demonstrate just how much of a wonderful person you truly are.

Love & Hugs,
FahKingNut
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On July 6th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aww, thank you. That's very sweet of you to say.
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On July 6th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC), basletum commented:
Just finished reading "The Dragon's Breath Seed." Awesome!

Still keeping your DiL in my prayers.
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On July 7th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
See if they have a maternity ward ... You can go there, look at the kiddies and think about these people being your writing audience in a few years :)

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On July 7th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC), whirl_twirl commented:
I have had you and fosteronfilm and your DiL in my thoughts a lot recently. Brit let us know at Jerry's house that y'all were headed up there this week.

Best of luck with getting his beathing tube out and the fevers down. I think that your reading to him is a really thoughtful and compassionate thing!
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On July 7th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC), sruna commented:
THinking positive thoughts and trying to send love and cheer to all of you.
*hugs*
Hang in there!!
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On July 7th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
:hugs: Hope DIL does better soon! You're all in my prayers.
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On July 7th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC), yansmom commented:
I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Eugie. I hope he feels better soon. *hugs*

Gisele
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