The Georges in Peru

Bad Night

03 Mar 2016

Amy had a horrible night last night.  Lots of face pain and threw up multiple times.  It makes it tricky to try to guess if I should give her medicines again, or assume that she absorbed the medicine during the time it was in her stomach.

Yesterday I went with my brother to visit the medical school.  Amy said that she wants her body donated to science (I've always loved her practicality:  She said she didn't want some grave that might be thousands of miles from her kids that they'd feel obligated to visit.) and since the local medical school was nice enough 15 years ago to revalidate our medical licenses (something we were told over and over was about impossible to get done) we felt they should be the recipients.  They were very appreciative and said that no one ever does that here.  They have to buy unclaimed cadavers from the local morgue.  

Tuesday lunch

01 Mar 2016

Today, some women from church came to make Amy one of her favorite dishes, causa.  It is a dish of layered mashed potatoes and vegetables with avocados and tuna.  It's quite good.  Amy sat in the rocking chair in the kitchen while they worked, which she enjoyed.  

Ben isn't pictured because he went out to a cebichería (fish restaurant) with friends for the last day of summer vacation.  School begins tomorrow.  They are not thrilled by this.

Amy has had less headaches, but she is getting weaker, especially on her left side (as expected, since the tumor is on the right side).  We had to carry her to this fine meal, but she was able to walk upstairs to her bedroom to sleep afterwards.

Never a Bad Day for a Run

28 Feb 2016

I always say, "There's never a bad day for a run in Arequipa."  That's because the temperatures are mild all year round and we live in a desert, so it rarely rains.  But when it does rain, the city infrastructure is unprepared for it and this last week it rained and washed out some pipelines leaving us, ironically, without water.  Today is the Arequipa marathon.  It really didn't work for me to run even the 10K with Amy's condition, but since Lyle was here and awake at 6:30 am, I went for a run on one of my regular routes.  When I came home, I couldn't take a shower, because there is a water cut and our backup tank was empty!  Luckily, the Peats, missionaries from England, live nearby and said a phrase we've heard a lot lately, "If there is anything we can do, let us know."  They have their own well, and graciously allowed us to shower at their house.  Good thing since we have church tonight!  Amy has felt better today than yesterday, and plans on going to church tonight.  The nice shower probably has contributed positively to that!

Here are the leaders of the Arequipa Marathon at the 30K point near our house.  Hope they got a shower when they were done.

Vist from Lyle George

27 Feb 2016

My brother Lyle came to visit today.  It has been raining so much here in Arequipa, many of the flights have been cancelled.   Since most years it doesn't rain, it has been deemed an unnecessary expense to install the instruments needed at the airport to allow planes to land in fog or rain.  So I was glad when I woke up at 5 am to see completely clear skies for the first time in a week and I knew his flight would come in.  It is great to have my big brother here!

Lyle and I howl at each other when we see each other for the first time in a while.  I think he scared the woman in pink.

Amy's had a worse day today.  More headaches and more pain pills.


25 Feb 2016

Today I stopped to be a good Samaritan and help the driver of the fire-extinguisher company van who had backed into a hole.  Why is there a hole like this in the street?  I won't pretend to know.  As I was unrolling my tow rope, five other guys came by and helped push him out.  I really liked how the paint job on the van fit the surroundings!

Amy had a pretty good day today.  She took one pain pill and ate well.

Breakfast not in Bed

24 Feb 2016

Most people think Breakfast in Bed is a great thing.  Currently, we are in the opposite opinion.  For the first time in 3 days Amy was feeling good enough to go downstairs and eat breakfast at the dining room table!  Maybe 'Waffle Wednesday' was the impetus she needed.  Her head didn't hurt much yesterday and when I offered some pain meds she said, "No.  I'm tough!"

We are blessed on our team here in Arequipa to have a married couple that used to work as nurses in hospice care in Germany before they came to Peru.  They have been a great help and support, bringing helpful chairs and cushions and bread and sitting with Amy when the rest of us went to church on Sunday.  We are so thankful for the Reuters and all of our team here.

No Headache!

23 Feb 2016

This morning when Amy woke up, I asked her, "How do you rate your headache pain this morning?"  "It doesn't hurt at all!" she said.  "And I'm not nauseated!"  She felt good.  She still can't walk without assistance but she feels good and even ate some mango, leftover birthday cake, and a cup of coffee.  You can probably imagine how encouraging this is to me!   Thanks for praying specifically for her headaches.

Monday, February 22nd

22 Feb 2016

Amy has been sleeping most of the day.  She's been rejecting food, though I found some Fuji apples that were so good that we got her to eat 3 or 4 slices anyway.  We take turns sitting with Amy.  I'm typing this with her curled up by my side.  I read her a few emails that made me cry and after 2 or 3 she had to sleep some more, so I stopped reading them to her.  Thanks for all of your words of encouragement.  Sorry if I don't reply to all of your emails.

Since Mia was at camp on her birthday, we are celebrating today by having friends over and eating icecream and angelfood cake with green frosting (family tradition).  A couple of weeks ago, Mia wanted to have a sleepover, but wisely decided that sleep-deprivation and emotional events could be an unpleasant mix and changed it to an afternoon event. 

Update on Amy

21 Feb 2016

Yesterday about 10 people from our church showed up with a birthday cake for Sarah (12th), Amy (8th) and Mia (19th).  We sang some hymns and ate cake.  Amy sat with them, but was too nauseated to eat any cake.  

Last night after our family devotions we told the kids that the neurosurgeon confirmed our fears that there wasn't really anything to be done at this point.  We spend the next two hours crying and praying on the bed with Amy as a family.  My heart goes out to any of you who has had to tell your small children that one of their parents is dying.  

Amy doesn't want to be taken to a hospital, and since I have lots of help and I'm not trying to do anything else at the moment, we'll take care of her here at home.  Last night she had her first seizures since the surgery.  Her head is causing her severe pain despite the Oxycontin.  If we were in the USA, she'd be in hospice care.  

The current plan is that when she dies we'll have a quick funeral here (they tend to do them within 24 hours in Peru) and then we will go back to the USA as soon as we have all the proper paperwork done to have a memorial service at Christ Community Church and then return to Peru until Ben finishes his last year of highschool in December.  Mia, Paul and I will return to Peru after Ben is settled in America.

Yes, we are pretty shocked, since 3 weeks ago, she was doing super.  But we know God is in control.



Sarah Arrived!

19 Feb 2016

This morning Sarah arrived in Arequipa at 6:30.  We are soooo glad she is here.  She is such a great help taking care of her mom.  Amy is doing better today, with less headaches and little nausea.  

Today is Mia's 15th birthday.  In case you haven't heard, a girl's 15th birthday (La Quinceañera) is a big deal in Latin America.  Some girls have fiestas that rival weddings, except one doesn't have to bother with a groom.  Mia has been at camp all week, so we went out to visit her and surprise her for lunch.  She didn't know Sarah was going to be here!  

Since we were at camp with its 50 acres of private property, we took advantage of the time to teach Ben to drive a manual transmission (our truck, not the tractor in the picture).  After 20 minutes he was really getting the hang of it.


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