#9 Things Are Not Looking Good For Eric

On most Mondays, 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.

Just Talked to Eric’s Doctor

I just spoke with Dr. Anthony — he’s concerned about how Eric seemed today and wanted to have a talk with me about what he sees.  The short story is that his hunch is that the tumor is growing really fast and is now obstructing Eric’s bowel.  Eric is not eating much at all, and has constant nausea.  They will do a cat scan tomorrow and determine whether to continue any kind of treatment.  Dr. Anthony says that he doesn’t think Eric could survive the kind of surgery that would be required at this point, and even if Eric survived the surgery, Dr. Anthony thinks there could be many follow up complications. love always, Terri

‘Tis A Gift To Be Simple

Good Morning Wonderful Friends and Family, I have been with Eric at the hospital most of the night, holding his hand and soothing him.  He is talking a little, and loves being loved.  All of his bodily systems are shutting down, and from now on we will be using comfort measures to help him along his way. Thank you for loving Eric.  He is a good man, my favorite friend and has made a difference to so many. love, Terri

Saying Goodbye

This has been a long day, since I came to the hospital in the middle of the night.  Eric’s brother Gary came to visit and they had a wonderful time catching up. After a long day of being presented with advice from doctors, he is preparing his heart and mind to say goodbye to many people. That’s all I can really say tonight. love, Terri

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Intimacy Is Everywhere

Hello Everyone,

Today, intimacy.

Love to you all,

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Friday Love: Bam! Gate Breaking, Anyone?

Good Friday, Everyone!

Today, I’m sharing a story about how I accidentally accomplished something on my bucket list. I ran through an exit gate while looking the other way. The hood of my car is scratched up, and one windshield wiper is a mess, but let’s have a good laugh about how we never expect what “getting what we want” includes!

Let me know if you relate…

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Enough with the Name-Calling

It seems to be a growing fad these days to call someone a narcissist, or declare they are toxic.
 
Political name-calling is similar—we assign politicians and voters to categories, and brush them off as if they are unintelligent, inferior, or even worthless.
 
By labeling others, we miss their humanity. We gloss over their struggle, their best effort at dealing with life. We dismiss them.
 
We do to them what we believe they are doing to others.
 
Look past a label, and in the soft light of day, there stands a person like you or like me, coping as best they can. At the end of the day, no friend, parent, or lover making conscious choices intends to be mean, or to ignore, or to embellish. There is always more to the story.
 
If we label others, then for sure we label ourselves. We trap ourselves into believing we are less than. Or not enough. Or we don’t give ourselves the time and forgiveness to work through our “stuff.” Maybe, if we stopped accusing others of narcissism, we could forgive ourselves for those moments when we were narrow-minded, inconsiderate, or afraid.
 
When it comes to labels, nobody wins.
 
So, my dear people, I suggest we peer a little deeper into ourselves to investigate a need to separate ourselves from others by tacking them with a label filled with disdain or scorn.
 
It is my wish that you view this video and take it to heart.
 
Much love,
Terri
 
 

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