Waiting for news about Kim. I got a call from my sister at work yesterday. Around 1:30, she called to say that they didn’t expect Kim to last more than another two to three hours. I was in shock.
My cell phone never picks up inside the school and it’s a long distance call. I tried to call around 9:00 and the call wouldn’t go through. I can’t very well make a long distance call from school so I decided to wait until I got off work at 2:30. The kids are crazy. Two days until Christmas break and they’re wound up and acting like…kids. I got busy and the students were consuming me. After my sister called, I was in shock. I told my principal and she said, “Why are you here? Go… Call me on my cell phone if you need anything.”
I got the boys and drove them home as fast as I could. Called DS and asked him to meet me there for the 125 mile trip to be with my brother.
I arrived around 4:45 and Kim was still hanging on. My brother told me that they were driving home after spending a couple of days in Nashville. They’d gone because Kim wanted to see the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show. He said they had a great time and Kim really enjoyed it. They started for home and, on the way, they stopped for some soft drinks at a gas station. He said Kim went to the bathroom and didn’t come out. After 15 or 20 minutes, he got the manager and they found her. No warning. No preparation. She’d just collapsed.
My sister was a respiratory therapist and she tried to explain what was going on but I didn’t understand all of it and just captured the main points. Something about a bleed that they couldn’t locate for hours and hours but they’d finally found it. She was doing better than she’d been when she called me at 1:30 but there was still just a 25% chance that she’d survive the next 24 hours. I was expecting the concern to be about the damage the stroke had done and rehab. I didn’t expect it to be about whether or not she’d even survive. My sister was going to spend the night at the hospital with my brother so DS and I left around 9:00.
I didn’t sleep very well and woke up early looking for news but there isn’t any. I hope she made it through the night. She looked so tiny and fragile lying in the hospital and my heart is breaking for my brother.