Sunday, March 6, 2011

Emergency

I'm late today and this will be abbreviated, because of an emergency.

I got up early this morning. I'm Refectorian this week and needed to make coffee for the guests and had to do it early if I was going to have time for prayer before Matins. I got the coffee done and then got into the shower and I had just finished when Br Rafael appeared at my door to say that Br Ronald was having trouble breathing and he had called the ambulance.

This is serious business. Ron has had Emphysema for many years and has been on oxygen for a long time now, as many of you will know. A couple of years ago he had several episodes of breathing problems, which turned out to be due to side effects of a medication he was taking at the time, and I got to know that inside of the Emergency Room of Kingston Hospital very well.

By the time I got to his room, he was breathing fairly well, but was weak and shaky. The EMS crew arrived quite shortly after that and got him on some concentrated oxygen and whisked him away to Kingston. Br Bernard went with him, and I stayed home in order to get breakfast served and to have some myself. I have blood sugar problems and I can't miss a meal.

I got to the hospital soon after breakfast to find that there was a diagnosis of double (bi-lateral) pneumonia, but with no heart involvement, which is a blessing. They had started intravenous antibiotics and were sedating him, because anxiety is very much a part of breathing problems, and it can complicate any recovery.

As Ron's consciousness faded he got quieter and his breathing slowed. Bernard went in search of his own breakfast. Then we talked some to the medical personnel, and they told us that Ron would be transferred to ICU later in the day, and would be kept sedated for several days, while the healing process has a chance to get well established. All was quiet. The new Emergency Room at the hospital seems to be a fine facility, and he was treated with exactly the right combination of friendliness and professionalism. I was impressed.

So I got home in time to get lunch served and then have a short nap. I leave before long for an event that several of us are attending at the home of a friend who lives in the mountains west of here.

That has been my day. We are very concerned, of course. We'll certainly appreciate prayers from any of you who would like to join in. I'll let you know how things turn out.

5 comments:

Jeff Lowry said...

Br. Bede,

Prayers are ascending as I type.
Hopefully time in the ICU will be restorative for Br. Ron. He is such a blessing to us Associates; as are all the brothers!

As it so happens
today is the anniversary of my becoming an Associate - 21 years ago today. Hard to believe in that time humans have made the journey from newborn to being of legal majority. These 21 years have flown by. Thanks to the prayers
of you, the other brothers and other Associates. I am so greatful
for this relationship!!!!

Keep us posted about Br. Ron and let him know we are praying for him
and for his health to return!

In Christ,
Jeff Lowry, a/OHC

MEH said...

Dear Bede, my prayers for Ron and all of you. Illness is stressful to everyone, let alone the one who is ill.
Let's hope for spring and warm sunshine to aid the healing!!

TKale said...

Brother Ron has been in my prayers a great deal in the past 24 hours and will continue to be so. Every bit of information helps when you're feeling anxious for someone -- thanks for this blog.

Tay Moss said...

Love and prayers to Ron.

-t

Br Bede Thomas Mudge OHC said...

Thanks for everyone's prayers. And congratulations to you, Jeff on your 21st anniversary. It's very good to know that your time as an Associate has been such a blessing.