|Today at dinner with the family.|
He told us one reason he wanted to start a blog was so that people knew that even while he was dying, he was funny and could still laugh at himself. :)
The past few days have been difficult.
The PET scans were very tiring for Dad. The nurses and doctors said he seemed very forgetful during the procedures. (He tried to get the nurses to give him a picture of the Deathstar for his blog, they just laughed.) He is continuing to lose his balance and has taken a number of falls in the last 24 hours. The right side of his body is continuing to lose functionality. With everything going on, we made the decision to find a new home for Max the dog. Max left last night. It was a very difficult decision, and very hard on dad.
My dad is an amazing man, and has affected the lives of so many. We have had visitors from the ward all week, sharing how much they admire dad and offering love, prayers and support. When mom explained to one of the bishopric members that he sleeps a lot, he replied, "Well he is a high priest, isn't that what they do?" (ha ha) Today was his last day at work for awhile. Mom said everyone was so kind and just hugged him and offered kind words and support. Thank you to all who have reached out. Dad loves reading and listening to your comments from the blog and the emails you send.
Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 8am. The surgery is expected to take at least 4 hours. Mom posted a great explanation of the procedure and how the surgery should go. (Surgery Update) We will update the blog tomorrow frequently as things progress. We know that they will keep him in ICU for 2-3 days and another 2-3 days in regular care. We don't expect him home until Wednesday or Thursday of next week.
When asked how they can help, Dad always asks everyone to pray for the surgeon as much as for him, that he will have a steady hand and his vision will be enlarged so he will be able to remove as much of the Deathstar as possible. Please add Dr. Jensen to your thoughts and prayers. We'll know a whole lot more in 15 hours.