Saturday, July 05, 2008

update on Hugh

Hello to Hugh's loyal fans. I apologise that I haven't posted regularly as I had intended to do so. It is just too hard to write often about my brother's fading life - to imagine what he would want me to say to you - instead I am flooded with my own thoughts and feelings about his predicament - and what his illness means and will mean for his wife, little girl and for my parents. Hugh is indeed alive and he, his wife and little daughter continue to live with my parents. He has now completed a 6 month course of palliative chemotherapy which has worked in that the tumour is again being held at bay. However, as the specialist said might happen, the treatment hasn't returned him an increased quality of life. He spends his days mostly on the couch, listening to the radio and writing in short bursts by hand. He feels too unsteady to sit up for too long, but manages occasional trips out to our local village and can mange to visit family. He was unable to use the voice-activated software we organised for him - learning new skills has proved too difficult. Despite the ravages to his brain from the treatment and the cancer, he is remarkably lucid and sociable, although he tires very easily and dozes a lot. Amazingly he is in no pain. He needs some steroids to help him to retain some steadiness with mobility and to keep hallucinations at bay. The specialist says the treatment is likely to work for months not for years. In the meantime Hugh faces all the health risks of being so sedentary and a few months ago he was in hospital for a week with clots in his lungs. I will let you all know how Hugh is and if his life is shorter than my own (we all live with uncertainty although like most of us are spared having to acknowledge how fragile life is on such a day-to-day basis) I will let you know of his passing so no need to scan the obituaries! For my husband and I, we try to companion our family as best we can, at odds with and surrendering to the lessons of patience, kindness and tolerance.
with best wishes to you all, Hugh's sister, Catherine

8 Comments:

Blogger Greg Ball said...

Thank you so much, Catherine. It is very generous of you to keep us informed when you're in a situation which is so hard for you personally.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Mp3 said...

Keep Healhty: Family Health Insurance Plans - How to Find The Best ...Healthy Tips. Breast Cancer Statistics – How Breast Cancer Survival Rates Increased 50% · Health and Fitness, tackling Obesity · How To Burn Body Fat ...
keephealthness.blogspot.com/2008/05/family-health-insurance-plans-how-to.html - 50k - Tembolok - Halaman sejenis

Keep Healhty: Visitors Medical InsuranceHealthy Tips. Health and Fitness, tackling Obesity · How To Burn Body Fat · Visitors Medical Insurance · How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally ...
keephealthness.blogspot.com/2008/06/visitors-medical-insurance.html - 48k - Tembolok - Halaman sejenis

Keep Healhty: Good Tips to Save on Healthcare InsuranceHealthy Tips. Health and Fitness, tackling Obesity · How To Burn Body Fat · Visitors Medical Insurance · How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally ...
keephealthness.blogspot.com/2008/02/good-tips-to-save-on-healthcare.html - 52k - Tembolok -

4:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou Cathrine, this means a lot to us.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update - you have all our support at such a difficult time.

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Thank you for posting this Catherine. Like the others said it means a lot.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Linda from Mt. Eliza, Australia said...

Thank you so much Catherine for letting us know how you are all going. My personal apologies for the unthinking bozo's who tell of scanning the obituaries and then giving everybody the web site address so they can look too. Lets hope they find their own obit in the not-so-distant future! Give our best wishes and good thoughts to Hugh for us, we're thinking of you all :)

9:36 PM  
Blogger My store said...

Under asics ultimate 81 the agreement, Asics onitsuka tiger ultimate 81 footwear will be available in India ultiamte 81 onitsuka tiger by April 2010, initially at Reliance Footprint ultimate 81 tiger stores in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore,ultimate 81 onitsuka Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi, the companies mexico 66 asics tiger said in a joint statement.Asics will have the asics mexico 66 right to sell its products at its own exclusive onitsuka tiger ultimate brand outlets, in addition to onitsuka tiger mexcio 66 being sold at Reliance Footprint stores.

5:30 PM  
Blogger My store said...

Just before I go, I thought it ugg classic argyle useful to point you to classic argyle knit some other places of interest with respect to sheepskin fashion.  Just remember, for links ugg argyle to sites outside ours, we argyle knit ugg are not responsible for the content, information, argyle knit uggs or accuracy of them. In many cases, there is conflicting ugg boots argyle historical information. If you use such links ugg knit boots, you do so at your own risk and ugg argyle boot you accept ugg knit boots any and all liability, implied argyle uggs or otherwise.

5:31 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home