Monday, February 23, 2015

Update from Puerto Rico: by Denise

Wish we got Joe in first class. Maybe we can get him and Margaret seats in first class for way home.  
We also learned to just let him walk through security. The extensive pat down was brutal to watch. I'm sure it wasn't so pleasant for Joe. If the guy patted Joe one more time on his side wound, I was going to lose it.
Joe's resting in bed looking right out at the ocean, feeling the fresh ocean breeze through his open door and window. Earlier he sat outside in a lounge chair. It was picture perfect when this suffering sailor stood with his hands on the railing and looked out over the sea.
So this morning Fr. Joe went for a long solo walk on a pathway beside the ocean and through the palm trees. He came back and drank water with electrolytes. When he finished, he  wondered what else there was to drink. Great news!
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Father Joseph talks on death

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First Week of Lent : update by Denise

Sending some pictures of Fr. Joseph taken this week.  Each day he is showing a little more improvement.  He was not able to eat due to the effects of radiation around his mouth causing his lower lip to swell and causing his inner mouth to be filled with blisters.  He is being a good patient with round the clock care.  He takes his meds every three hours, his Boost, his organic whole milk, his water, his Magic Mouthwash, and his aloe.  He has his vitals taken every three hours - blood pressure, temperature, pullsox (sp?), and respiratory breaths per minute.  His weight is taken at least once a day.  His bedding is washed every day.  His room is kept clean.  He is a good boy.  :)

Keep up the prayers, you wonderful prayer warriors.

Specific prayer request 
*Please pray for the ability to take in more nutrition.  His mouth pains him so- his daily intake has been limited by his pain to just a few boosts, a few glasses of water And some whole milk.

*please pray for Father Joseph as a few of his siblings (including a doctor and a nurse) take him on a "bucket list" trip to Puerto Rico today.  They will be there for the week taking in life and enjoying it one sip at a time.