Diary of a Brain Tumor Patient's Wife

Apr. 6, 1999

Renette Davis

Paul had a good day again yesterday. He was alert but not agitated, and ate well. It was the first day for Lillie, the nurse's aide that I hired. I really liked her. She's quiet and pleasant and strong. She trimmed Paul's mustache and beard. When I commented that it looked like she had done that before, she said she did that kind of work for 15 years. She really did a good job.

He slept well during the night, although it seemed to me that he was coughing more and breathing louder than usual when he was settling down. He woke up about 6:30 coughing, but fell back asleep before I could even give him some medicine. He woke up again about 7:30, and I gave him his morning meds, but it seemed like he could barely swallow them. He didn't want anything else to eat.

He started falling back asleep, even as we changed the linens under him and turned him on his side. While we were doing that, we thought he felt kind of hot, so I took his temperature and it was 100.4 axillary, which would be about 101.4 by mouth. I gave him a Tylenol suppository, and he's sleeping again now.

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