#5 Happy New Year And He’s Fading

Every Monday, I plan to publish a past communication or two about Eric Russ and his Health Journey that originally appeared in Caring Bridge.  For anyone with a “health opportunity” as my nurse friend calls it, I hope these posts are helpful.

Happy New Year…

Eric is not eating much at all — a few bites here and there. He does his best to drink water, and is sleeping or resting quite a bit.  He seems to be fading.  He is not feeling strong, and is having gas pains in the abdominal area which are very strong and uncomfortable. The herbs from John of God did not come on Monday or Tuesday as we had hoped or thought they would.  This was especially disappointing to Eric.  And they won’t come today since it is a holiday. HIs spirit is down, his body is weak.  So for our New Year’s Eve dinner last night, we took our plates and had dinner in the bedroom with him.  He liked that.  We spoke of happier times. love and blessings to all in this New Year. Terri

More Ups and Downs

As many of you know, the healing process can be all over the map and this one surely is. Last night was a tough night, and I’ll spare you the details.  It looks obvious that the oxygen chamber is doing something significant, although we don’t really know WHAT, but I can tell you that it is currently making his elimination systems work overtime.  I hope that’s a good thing in the long run.  To say that it is helping him feel more comfortable is still a long shot, but from what I can see up close and personal, there are changes taking place. He is sleeping this morning, and says he wants to get in the chamber, but keeps falling asleep.  I will go check on him again soon.  He is still not eating much.  Food isn’t particularly appealing to him.  I’ve heard from other cancer patients that the sense of taste changes quite drastically…meaning food just doesn’t taste great anymore, and it becomes more like a  job to eat. Corrinne, Eric’s sister from Virginia, is here until sometime on Sunday.  It is so wonderful to have her here.  She has been a Godsend. I’ll keep you posted…. love, Terri

Headed Back to the Hospital with Eric

Just a short note to say that Eric is headed back to Pardee Hospital tonight.  He just left in the ambulance. He can’t keep food down, is weak, and is dehydrated. If anyone is able to offer Eric the gift of Reiki in person at the hospital, or energy work that doesn’t involve touching his body (everything hurts, he is hypersensitive), please call me to arrange it.  You are also welcome to reach out to him remotely with Reiki or similar and send any blessings his way.  If you would like him to know that you are doing this, please let me know and I will tell him. Terri 714-240-4889

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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