May 12, 1999

Hello Everyone,

Leif's struggle to maintain his vital signs continues. This morning the oxygen level in his blood was too low and the nurses had to go back to 100% on the ventilator and increase the pressure. The fever continues but has been controlled effectively by tylenol and the cooling blanket. His platelet count was low and he was given some blood to bring it back up.

Leif is a big Giants fan. Dad hates the Giants and is a big Oakland A's fan. I can vividly remember a time when Leif had "Giant's fever" in a bad way. So, today I read a story to Leif from the Sports Page about the Giant's baseball pitcher Shawn Estes. In the game the previous day, Estes had a great struggle in the first inning. But he persevered and stuck with it and when he was replaced in the 7th inning the Giants were ahead 7-6. I hope this story of overcoming adversity inspires Leif. The Giant's did not win the game but Estes did well.

I also read (I do not know why) The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. A well told and beautifully illustrated story by Beatrix Potter.

The social worker, Ann, was present today to be supportive of both Amy and I. And to provide access to various resources.

As I was visiting Dad and watching the hockey game, Pastor Werfelman (from the church Dad belongs to) came to say hello and give encouragement.

We are all connected. Truly no man (nor woman) is an island. In times of crisis like this we often feel helpless but we CAN support and be there for each other.

Many of you have written to me and thanked me for these letters. Your continued support means a great deal to me. It is comforting to know you are reading them with interest.

We all need prayers for peace,