I arrived in Cincinnati on Tuesday night about 9:45, after eight and a half hours of driving, a new record.
(No, I didn't drive any faster than I usually do; I simply took fewer and shorter breaks. Only three.)
Dad's fever is under control, as is a condition known as Clostridium difficile, or C diff, which was unexpected. His vitamin regimen has been discontinued, although the morphine has not, and he has difficulty with anything more than liquid nourishment. The latest concern is aspirating, and lacking the strength to cough. He is vulnerable to pneumonia, which is an impediment to our plan to keep him comfortable. On the plus side, he is monitored around the clock by hospice care, and someone is with him and Mom nearly always during daylight hours.
I want to thank everyone who has written to me, offering prayers for Dad and Mom. They are most appreciated.
And the vigil continues ...