Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Today has been a day of great change for Chad.
As of right now, his breathing is rapid but shallow. His pulse is weak and his heart rate is irregular.
His coloring is also very dusky.
He is running a low grade fever of 99.2 degrees.

The doctor and nursing staff all agreed with me when I mentioned I did not think he was strong enough to rebound this time.

Yesterday, Chad was very tired.
He had a lot of visitors over the weekend, so I expected some fatigue.
But I didn’t expect him to be unresponsive. He couldn’t squeeze my hand or talk.
He did blink his eyes if I asked about pain.
he was awake very briefly (about 45 minutes), and then didn’t wake up again until this morning.
At 6am today, he swallowed his Depakote, which has been difficult for him.
And then around 8am, things changed.

He doesn’t seem to be in any pain.
But they are giving him morphine every hour just in case.
This will also help him relax and get as much oxygen as possible (due to muscle relaxation).

Please, no visitors.
No phone calls.
No texts.
I do not have my laptop with me, but will try to update as I can.

We appreciate your support and prayers.

Today, I hope you will find time in your day to say a prayer of mercy and peace for Chad.

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28 Responses to Tuesday, November 9, 2010

  1. uncle Rob says:

    Praying for peace for chad. Mama show him the way. I love you skye.

  2. Carol says:

    Sending many prayers up for you and your family during this very dificult time. God Bless you all. Love, Carol Rohme Naylor

  3. Cathryn says:

    You and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers Skye.

  4. Teva says:

    Prayers for peace, grace and mercy for Chad. Prayers for strength, understanding, love, and grace for you and your family.

  5. Amy says:

    Saying prayers of peace and mercy for Chad. The same for you and your beautiful girls. God bless you all, Skye. Lifting you up with love and in prayer.

  6. Genam says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please do not let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you.
    Mrs. Gena

  7. Suep52504 says:

    Although I do not know Chad, my thouhts and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Sue Pisciotta

  8. sunny says:

    You don't know me, but you have been in my thoughts and prayers for awhile now.

  9. Irisgjordan says:

    Praying for peace Chad. I love you cousin! God bless Skye and the girls

  10. Laura0814 says:


    You and Chad and the girls are in my prayers. I have shared with my 3 children (6,8, and 10) a very little about your situation and you are all in their prayers, too. I'm sorry I can't be there for physical support.

    Much love,

    Laura Gilmore Smith

  11. Aunt Carmen & Uncle Robby says:

    We are praying for peace and mercy for Chad. He has suffered enough and has earned a special place in Heaven with Gramaine. We love you Chad , Skye and munchkins.

  12. Kirsten Miller says:

    We are lifting you in prayer… peace, mercy, and grace.


  13. Brendahendrix53 says:

    May God wrap his loving arms around Chad as he brings him home. Peace, mercy and love to you and the girls. Lifting you and your family up in prayers.

  14. Iluvmybabes2 says:

    Praying for you sweetie! God is enough and he will give that undescribable peace you need at this very moment. hugs, love and continuing to pray through this evening….

  15. Rebecca Kepley says:

    I am praying for all of you and your extended family. My dad died when I was 5, so I know it's indescribably hard on you and the girls. Praying for you to feel God's love and strength in each of your lives through this and for peace–knowing that He is in control and that He will work all things for your good.

    Rebecca Kepley

  16. Thelma Bullard says:

    May God give you and your family the peace you so much deserve. Chad could not have had a better soul mate. Know that all of you are in my prayers.

  17. Tara Z says:

    I just said a very tearful prayer for Chad and your family. Thinking of you, chad, your girls, and families. I know this is hard for everyone. God Bless you all.

  18. KrystalAJ says:

    You do not know me but I want you to know tht you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers… I will pray without ceasing for God's peace for Chad and I pray he wraps you and your daughters in His loving arms. God be with you and your family at this time…..

  19. Maryfolley says:

    Hi, Skye. I am a friend of Leigh's. She has been keeping me up on what has been going on. First let me say how much this sucks. I just went through a similar situation with my Dad last spring doing hospice. I was there holding him at the end. Remember that they are keeping him out of pain and he is not thirsty or hungry. He is ok. It is the hardest thing you will ever do. But, you will never regret being there. You can do this. I am thinking good thoughts for all of you.

  20. katpinke says:

    Praying for Chad, for you and your family. May you feel God's strength and peace.

    Katie from ND

  21. Sherry Stephens says:

    Skye, I'm a friend of Laura and Leigh's and have been following your blog the past few weeks. You have an amazing gift of writing and while it has been difficult to hear what you are going through, your sweet girls will be incredibly grateful for your ability to capture and document what an amazing father they have. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. I pray for a peaceful journey home for Chad and that you and the girls are surrounded by peace, love, and memories that will never fade.

  22. Cmoursler says:

    I will pray for you,the girls and Chad. God Bless.

  23. Jennifer says:


    Saying a prayer for you and your family.


    Jennifer Bathke Knoll

  24. Cindy Stedman says:

    Skye you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this tough time.

  25. bj says:

    My prayers for all of you continue…

  26. Andy Lancaster says:

    Skye, I saw your tweet message this morning. I am so sorry for your loss. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anything.

    My families prayers are with you and the children.

    Andy Lancaster

  27. Maryfolley says:

    Skye — My deepest condolences to you and your daughters. I will be thinking good thoughts for you during this very difficult time.

  28. Dwhitehead says:

    And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

    Bro. Jay Ferrell spoke on this verse in Revelation. I will never forget what he had to say that day. I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I can't even imagine what you must feel. I pray that the God of all grace will put his arms around you so much that you can feel His presence.

    Grace then peace,
    Sis. Dina Whitehead

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