Thank you!by Jim

Mon
2 Jan 2023
10:01 pm
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Angie is now home and we’re back to our COVID isolation, but at least we’re at home and together. Thank you all for your prayers, well wishes, and happy thoughts for us over the last few days. We really appreciate it!

Coming home!by Jim

Mon
2 Jan 2023
5:01 pm
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Discharge papers are being worked on as I type; Angie is coming home! I’m in just a few minutes to go pick her up from the hospital. Hooray!

Back on Room Airby Jim

Mon
2 Jan 2023
1:01 pm
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Good news! Angie is back on room air, which means her blood oxygen levels are good enough she doesn’t need supplemental oxygen. This is a big step in the recovery process for her. She’s due to get her next dose of medicine this afternoon.

The Waiting Gameby Jim

Sun
1 Jan 2023
8:01 pm
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Angie got her second dose of Remdesivir this afternoon and they’ve been able to lower her oxygen a little bit, but she still has a way to go. The medication they are giving her is hard on your liver, so they’re also checking her blood regularly to make sure it’s safe. She’s been able to talk to her family a bit today, though, if she talks (or laughs) too much, it lowers her oxygen levels and she gets in trouble with the nurse. She’s in relatively good spirits and seems to be doing well. Next dose will be tomorrow afternoon. Please keep praying for her speedy recovery.

Fighting COVIDby Jim

Sun
1 Jan 2023
11:01 am
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Angie has a lot of people who care about her health and it is getting difficult to get the word out to everyone, so I’m going to be posting here. I’m sorry the site looks like it hasn’t been updated since 2001, I’ll see about fixing that. Please don’t be surprised if things look different when you come back in the next couple days.

Last night I took Angie to the hospital because she tested positive for COVID and had a little difficulty breathing the night before. Since I also have COVID, I was unable to accompany her into the hospital. She is unable to take Paxlovid because of the other medications she’s on, and so our only option to get her the treatment she needs was to take her to the ER. We consulted with her on-call cardiology staff and they recommended that we do just that.

Late last night she got her first dose of Remdesivir, an antiviral that helps to prevent the spread of the virus. She tolerated it well and slept without a problem. This morning when they tried to lower her oxygen flow, her blood oxygen levels dropped. They won’t let her go until she can maintain her levels with only room air. We’ve heard different stories from the nurse and doctors about how long this treatment usually lasts, but she may be in for a few days while they get her back to a safe place.

TL;DR

Angie is doing well, getting the medicine she needs, but still requires oxygen.

Sheltering In Placeby Angie

Sun
22 Mar 2020
3:03 pm
1

I mentioned in last week’s post that there we had a rental property on the table: We spent last weekend laboring over the decision. We finally decided to go for it, so first thing Monday morning we asked Sarah, the property manager, to email us a copy of the lease so we could read it before going to her office to sign it that afternoon. She did send it; then emailed us again to ask us if, for the sake of “social distancing” (which was just a recommendation at that point), we would be willing to e-sign the papers. We agreed, then emailed her back about some typos. After a second round of corrections, we were working through e-signing the dozens of lines in the lease agreement when we got a text from Jon sharing the first news posts about the official “shelter in place” order that would go into effect at midnight.

I called Sarah immediately and we talked through the ramifications: We could e-sign the papers, but we would not be able to meet the property owner and get the keys later that week as agreed, nor could we move in until the order was lifted. Would we have to start paying rent on a house we couldn’t live in, or would the homeowner have to take the hit of having no renters for several weeks? If they asked for the former, should we just decline that property after all? In the end, they were kind enough to agree to put the whole process on hold. We didn’t sign the papers, but they promised that when the order is lifted we will be first in line for the house. What a relief!

Monday night was our remote PDX FHE lesson with some of our dear friends from Portland. Since moving away, we’ve been video conferencing in each month while all the Portland locals meet together at someone’s home, but this time the entire group was on Zoom. It feels good to stay in touch with far-away friends. To that end, we also had virtual Sunday School last week with one of our Portland friends, and today my mom joined us in doing it again.

Otherwise, each day has been much like the last. Monday evening, Jon had to stay late at work, getting the necessary technology in place to work remotely; so starting Tuesday morning our whole household has been working from home. We’ve also cleaned, organized, done laundry, and taken inventory. We’ve done texting, phone calls, and letter writing. We’ve spent time playing games and watching movies together. Not much is practically different, but it feels different. There’s a sense of anxious waiting, of holding back, of trying to make the best of a situation we can’t control.

It’s strange to compare this experience to our situation six years ago: In February and March of 2014, Jim and I were living in Georgia, spending time with Kathy in the final days of her life. Jim worked remotely from his parents’ home and we didn’t go out much, cherishing the time together. It was another period of physical and emotional separation from “normal life.” It prompted us to examine our priorities, make sacrifices, innovate our routines, explore new ways to connect, and foster compassion; all actions that Kathy exemplified throughout her life. And this coming week marks the anniversary of her death as well as the anniversary of her birth.

Every Spring I think of her as Easter approaches; as we prepare to celebrate the eternal life we are promised through Jesus Christ and His Atonement. But she is on my mind even more powerfully this year, with so many people experiencing unanticipated challenges and suffering due to COVID-19 and all its ramifications. These experiences have illuminated our place in a global community. It is another time of bittersweet seclusion and connection; another opportunity for change and growth. My heart aches for all those who have felt and will feel the loss of loved ones as we did at Kathy’s death. But I know that she would encourage us to hope in our Heavenly Father’s eternal plan for all His children throughout the world.

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A Homey Monthby Angie

Sun
15 Mar 2020
9:03 pm
1

It’s been over a month since I was discharged from the hospital, and quite a strange month it has been. I’ve had a few follow-up appointments at Stanford and, aside from a few little blips of arrhythmia, I seem to be holding pretty steady on this new medication. I’m still not supposed to exercise or exert myself, but otherwise I’m allowed to go about my regular activities, mostly at home. The fatigue lingered for several weeks, but now I feel much more normal.

But while I’ve been getting better, we’ve been watching the world get sicker. As the COVID-19 Coronavirus has spread, many of the Bay Area tech companies were among the first to excuse their employees from working at the office. Both Brittany (at AirBnb) and Jim (at Workday) are working from home at least through the end of the month. Jaquie is delighted that she gets to sit in Jim’s lap for hours on end while he works at his computer, and I enjoy having Jim home too. But it’s not hard to remember that what may feel like a treat for us has been a frustrating–if not devastating–period for many others.

The one thing that has gotten us out of the house most is that we’re looking for our own place to live. We’ve spent the last six weeks searching listings online daily and taking a couple of trips down to Fremont each week to see properties (rentals; we’re not looking to buy yet). Twice we’ve seen homes we’ve loved but weren’t fast enough to secure them. It’s very hard to be an over-deliberate personality in the current lightning rental market. We don’t really get to choose between multiple properties at once – just, “Is this one it? Yes or no? Is there something better coming up? There’s no way to know.” We have one on the table right now that’s very promising, but we have to decide by tomorrow at 1pm. Big decisions are emotionally exhausting!

It’s even harder to jump at any property when we’re so happy right where we are.  It’s been amazing living with Jon & Brittany for the last year – we’ve loved it. It’s very hard to leave, but we promised ourselves that this was a temporary blessing and have always known that we wouldn’t stay too long. We want to be nearer to Jim’s work and we need to be nearer to Stanford. So, it’s time to move again for the third time in four years. Please wish us luck!

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