Monday, February 14, 2022

I Am Filled With Gratitude

AJ AZ.   high  80. Low 48

I am so very blessed to have people who care so much for Jim and I. I am surrounded by love even from those I've never met. It's amazing how true friendships grow through our blogs. 

Our neighbors here in the park have been so supportive. All I have to do is ask and it's done. I am so grateful I live in this community that is a family. And the church members have been amazing. They have helped me plan everything. I truly am blessed.

I am having a memorial service for Jim on February 26th at 11:00 a.m.  It will be held at the LDS Church  454 North Crismon Road in Mesa, AZ. If you are in the area, I would love to have you join us.

I know some people have asked about sending flowers but I would prefer that you make a donation to your favorite charity in Jim's name. 

And speaking of his name, most of you don't know what it is. He didn't care for his first name so he always went by Jim. 

"Harry James Dixon, Jr".  

It wasn't until we got married that I learned his first name was really Harry.

 I sure do miss him. The house seems so empty and its sooo quiet. Thank you again for all your kind, wonderful words.



Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Goodbyes Are So Hard

 I had to say goodbye to the love of my life, my whole world tonight. Jim, I miss you so much. Hopefully it won't be long before we are together again. You are my everything. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Jim Update

 AJ. High in the 50s and 60s.  Low in the 30s and 40s.  Lots of wind.

Not sure where to start. Jim has been in the hospital for the last week. He seemed to do just fine with the radiation but about two weeks later he started feeling short of breath and was coughing up a lot of phelm and small amounts of blood. 

He talked to the radiologist and his pulmonologist and they weren't too concerned.  We had an appointment set up with his GP and the radiologist in a week and a half.

His appetite came back and we thought everything was good. On Sunday  he started to get short of breath and by Monday he couldn't walk from the bedroom to the living room without being totally exhausted and out of breath. I asked him if he felt like he could get in the truck to go to the ER but he couldn't. 

I called 911 and they took him to Banner Goldfield. This is an emergency hospital with very limited resources.  They had to find a bed in a hospital that could treat his lungs, heart and kidneys. Not easy to do in this time of Covid.  

At 8:30 that night they transported him to Banner Boswell ICU. Boswell is in Sun City which is on the other side of Phoenix.  60 miles from home.  I drove over to see him on Tuesday and we got conflicting information about what was wrong. They started treating him for pneumonia only to find out later he didn't have it. However, his heart and kidneys are in pretty bad shape.

The hospital moved him out of the ICU on Wednesday to the heart ward. Then on Friday he got moved to what he called "a broom closet". Two patients to a room and less hands on care.

Finally on Saturday they released him to come home with oxygen. Took several hours to get him sprung but he is now home and much happier.

Tomorrow we start making doctor appointments especially with the cardiologist and kidney doctors. We also need to see the radiologist about the cancer. That appointment with a couple of others had to be canceled. So that is what we will be doing this next week. Jim will also be working on getting his strength back.