Diary of a Brain Tumor Patient's Wife

Apr. 9, 1999

Renette Davis

Paul slept quite a bit again yesterday, and continued running a temperature of over 100 axillary until about 2:30 in the afternoon, when it was down to 98.7 axillary. He perked up awhile in the afternoon, and we did some exercises with him, but he didn't have much energy. The Hospice nurse came by and she said his hand grasps were much weaker.

He had several episodes of crying yesterday. One was when his friends Rich and Bob were here in the afternoon. Another was when my Dad's cousin, David, and his wife, Karen, were here in the evening. We couldn't tell whether anything in particular had prompted the crying. I always feel so helpless when he cries, and don't know what to do other than just hug him.

He slept well last night. I woke up about 5:30 this morning when I heard him moaning. When I touched him, I thought he felt awfully hot, so I took his temperature. It was 102 axillary. I gave him a tylenol suppository and washed his face and neck with a cool washcloth. I also gave him some Roxanol since he was coughing. He went back to sleep ok, and slept until about 7:30.

He was able to take his medicine ok this morning, and ate a little malt-o-meal for breakfast. His temperature at 8:00 was still 101.7, and at 10:00 was 101.8 axillary. I've given him another tylenol, and he's sleeping again now.

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