Diary of a Brain Tumor Patient's Wife

Mar. 22, 1999

Renette Davis

Paul is gradually making the transition from this life to the next. He has had some moments of fighting and some moments of great sorrow, but has also had some very good moments. His family have all been here recently, and Philip and Karen have been here a lot. He has also had lots of church friends, bicycling friends, and music friends coming by.

Yesterday the Hospice nurse said he was in the advanced terminal stage. His pulse was very irregular and his heart was weaker. She said I could give him Roxenol every 3-4 hours for his cough, so I did that last night and he slept much better than he has been. He woke up coughing several times, but was able to go back to sleep after I gave him the Roxenol.

One time when he woke up, he held out his arms to give me a hug, and I really felt like he was saying "Goodby". This morning he woke up but wasn't interested in medicine or breakfast, and went right back to sleep. Karen was just here and he woke up long enough to give her a kiss and then went back to sleep. He doesn't appear to be in any pain or discomfort, for which I am very grateful.

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