Family Visits and Memories

Hi folks! Things have gotten a little scary lately. I’ve been having more seizures. My wife, Alex, is helping me with this blog post.

Last week I had a few more intense seizures than I’ve had before. I came close to losing consciousness and felt very strange, like I couldn’t stop remembering names of lots of people I didn’t know. It reminded me of the first seizure I ever had, which was what sent me to the ER and led to my diagnosis. My doctors have had to give me a lot of medicine to prevent seizures from happening.

After a seizure on Friday, my head hurt a LOT and I got very nauseous. I went to the Haven Hospice inpatient care center for a night, and it was nice, but it wasn’t home. Belmont visited me, but she started barking at my nurse, so she had to go home again. We were all surprised because she usually loves people.

Belmont cooperated for about five minutes.

Some good things have happened recently, though. Alex and I celebrated the ninth anniversary since our first date on February 21. We got a head start on anniversary celebrations by going to a dance on Valentine’s Day. We participated in a group swing dance lesson, but I’m not sure anything stuck. We still had fun and got to get some nice new clothes.

Fresh duds! Love the heart lights.

Special Agent Cooper has been making me laugh a lot. He’s a great dog. I’m really glad we got him.

Silly dawg, good buddy ^_^

My family has been staying with me since Saturday. My parents, Alex’s parents, my sister and her husband, and Alex’s brother are staying at the house as much as they can. My hospice nurse let us know that the changes happening to me right now mean that the end is approaching, and I understand what’s happening. I can tell that I feel strange, and I sleep a lot. Everyone is helping me get food I like (Leonardo’s pizza!), playing board games with me, and watching videos together. Last night we had a huge family dinner and shared a lot of memories about funny things like when Alex’s dad lit the roof of their shed on fire and every single neighbor called the fire department. Our parents talked about how they met. Justin liked the stories about things catching on fire.

I’m enjoying my time with family and my dogs. My cousin, Carson, is visiting with me today. His son drew me an awesome picture of BB-8 from Star Wars because I gave him a BB-8 toy last time they visited. I really like giving him gifts. My dad often plays with the toys I get for Carson’s son, and I have to tell him not to break them.

I catch a quick nap while Carson catches up with the dogs.

Another good thing has been happening lately. Lots of back and foot rubs 🙂

Mom is great at foot rubs, and dad can get a vice grip on my shoulders.

2 Comments

  1. Jessi and Mama(June) Mattie too

    Dear Loren,
    Not many people can say they know their first friend on this earth. But I can, that person would be you. We are so glad you’ve gotten to visit and with tamly. And the doggie “furr babies” are such a gift in how they can make us laugh no matter how we are feeling,. Mattie does that for us.
    Alex, we’ve been thinking of you alot and glad he has you threre to help with things like this. We love you very much.
    We are thinking of you all, Loren we love you so much. You have the best Mom and Dad and Sister. But I don’t’ have to tell you that.
    Thinking of you all,
    Love,
    June, Jessi, and Mattie

  2. Jessi and Mama(June) Mattie too

    Hey, couldn’t sleep so I wanted to come tell you I love you. I found these pictures of us when we were turning 1 year old. You were licking all the gum balls, as it was a gum ball machine cake. I looked like “Hey Buddy leave a little for me, I know you are a week older than me, but want a gum ball!!” Thinking about when you got to drive you car for the first time and we went and beeped at my GPD friend, lol and your friend Daniel went a little nuts. We went farther than your Dad said we could. But hey we had fun doing it!!! Your still my Buddy/Brother, always have been, always will be. Wish you had taken me up on teaching me a board game, lol, but you would have won!!!
    Alex, I am so glad Loren found such a wonderful wife and person to share life with. You have been truly amazing, with him always. Please know how much we love you and are thinking of you.
    Please give everyone our love,
    PS. Loren please make your Dad behave and not break the toys, and Jodi, we knew Justin was special, but this fire thing is a little unsettling. lol Love you anyway!!!
    (((((((((((((((We Love You All))))))))))))))))))
    Love,
    Jessi, Mama and Mattie is sending purrs.

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