Friday, June 15, 2007

Having a nightmare and can't wake up!

Well, the much awaited air conditioning unit we had installed last week is on the fritz. Needless to say, with a forecast of 34 degrees (with the humidex), I have been on the phone with Sears on a number of occasions over the last two days. A technician has been by twice, but I'm told that the part is back-ordered for two weeks. I told them to "fix it now, replace it now, or take it away!" I guess I'll be on the phone again tomorrow.

A community nurse (NOVA) will be by to assess Tony tomorrow and see about getting him into a palliative care residence. A social worker will accompany her and they will see how best to help. Tony has not eaten any solids in at least two days and has been quite confused. His words are jumbled and his hands have a slight tremor. Last night he told the boys he needed to "have a shower and change country". I feel like I'm having a nightmare and I can't wake up...

I'm glad that my sister-in-law, Michele, and Tony's best buddy, Kevin, are coming into town tomorrow. I'm also very thankful that my brother-in-law, Greg, has been able to be with us this week. To Guylaine, Linda T. and Sylvie, thank you for your kindness and generosity. To my Onco team at Novartis, thank you for your continued support.

I will leave you on this note... Take good care!



Anonymous said...

Dear Renée,
We have been following your blog since Novartis friends told us about it. You and Tony and the boys are in our hearts. We have no words only love that we send to all of you.

Maureen & Pierre

Anonymous said...


Today, Friday, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart. I have been to Mass and prayed for you all. God Bless.

Aunt Eileen & Family xxx

julie said...

Dear Renee,
I hope those damn fools atSears can fix your air, otherwise take it away and go elsewhere, at least tell them to replace it with a portable one for the time being,I think they owe you that!!!
I feel so bad for you and yours, but just remember he's not in any pain anymore, the confusion is better than pain. But I'm sure you know that. Kevin is probably there already and that'll be good. I'll be out to see you all , and Michele too. All my sisters are thinking of you and Tony and the boys. Harry and I send our love.

take care, love Julie

Anonymous said...


We are very sorry to hear you are having trouble with your a/c just when you need it so much. Glad that Michele will be with you today. She will be a great support.
We are praying that the Lord Jesus who is our Saviour and the God of all comfort will strengthen and comfort you all. You are very much on our hearts.
With all our love
Anne & Brian xx

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee

I hope the A/C is sorted out for you. We are all praying and thinking about you, Tony and the boys.

Lots of love
Tom & Amy xxxx

gary lawrence said...

Renee, i've always asked myself through this whole ordeal why bad things happen to good people and tony is "good people". words cannot describe how our hearts ache for everyone in your family. i just don't know what to say. gary , debra and kristi

Anonymous said...

Allo cousine,

Je ne peux pas croire que c'est rendu là. Je suis soulagée que tu es et que tu seras bien entourée. Je pense à vous tous les jours. J'offre mon aide si vous en avez de besoin. J'ai un air climatisé que nous nous servons pas si vous en avez de besoin en attendant que le votre fonctionne. Bon courage.


Anonymous said...

Salut Renée,

Je pense à toi à tous les jours. Je t'ai préparé un petit quelque chose pour ta fête....mais je n'ose pas te déranger. Je me rends compte que je ne suis pas très doué dans ses affaires là ......désolé.....Je suis toujours là pour t'aider........Je vais faire une prière pour vous quatre.........

Denise XX

Anonymous said...

Renee..God bless you both.I cannot believe what you have all gone through in what now seems so short a time.It is good that Kevin is here and Michelle.
I send you my love and support and prayers.
Thinking of you all, Eric

Anonymous said...

Renee, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys right now.
Life is so unfair, we are all at a loss.God Bless, Eric

Stéphanie said...

My thoughts are with you Renée, Mathieu and Richard. And also with Michele, Jean and Richard.

Life is just unfair ... my prayers are with you all ...

Stéphanie Légaré xox

Anonymous said...

Salut Renée, Mathieu et Richard,

Nous avons énormément de peine pour vous.....Nos pensées sont avec vous...

En toute amitié,

Denise, Richard, Jean-Philip et Kristine XXXX

nikki said...

renee i just want you to know that my prayers are with you the boys and michelle. mum and dad are out at jean and richards today. you have been so strong for tony and he fought long and hard, now you can be sure that hes in no pain and i hope at peace. i just remember him being a really nice person like the rest of his family, life sure isnt fair. take care of yourself and god bless from nikki and hugo mccullough

Helen (cousin) said...

Dear Renee,
As with your other friends and relatives our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so verry sorry for your loss. Graham and I and the children went over to Jean and Richards today to offer our support.
We will continue to hold you in our thoughts.

Helen and Graham

Anonymous said...

Dear Renee
We are very sorry for your great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you , Richard and Mathieu and also with Michele,Jean and Richard.

Anne and Brian

Anonymous said...

Je suis très peinée de ce qui vous arrive.Mes pensées sont avec vous,Renée Richard Mathieu et Michèle.Tony est maintenant libre et en paix.