Just spoke with the Physician’s Assistant

I am at the hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Physician’s Assistant just came out and talked to us. He is the first one of the medical staff that has talked with us.

We gave them Dad’s Living Will. The PA said that Dad had responded to him and was following some commands. We will be seeing Dad in about 5 minutes and I will give further updates in the comment section below here.

The blood clot is approximately 4 inches by 1 inch in his brain.

The PA talked about taking him upstairs to another room and giving him therapy and then later on to a nursing home. As usual the comment was made that we never know what might happen.

We really do not know much more now than we did a few minutes ago.

The PA said that he will get the doctor to talk to us sometime today via the phone or in person.

Earlier updates

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Second one


Joy to Papaw

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
22 Responses
  1. wagardner

    just got back from seeing dad. He is awake. He can answer questions with noises. He can shake his head. He is now off the blood pressure medicine.

    His blood pressure is holding at about 140 over 80 or 90.

    He can move his left hand.

    they are lowering the oxygen.

    If he continues to improve they may move him to another room out of CCU tomorrow.

  2. wagardner

    Hey jefe,

    Just wanted to let u know we love u guys and are praying. Is there anything we can do for Mamaw that would help her right now?

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. wagardner

    My mother and I have spoken with the doctor now via phone. He says that there is no way to know what to expect.

    He still can not swallow.

    I have been in touch with Hospice

  4. wagardner

    have a meeting with a representative from hospice at 3 pm. I will let you know what happens from there.

    Quite a difficult time. He does look at us now. He can’t talk but at least looks and has smiled several times.

  5. wagardner

    We have just finished talking with a hospice representative. Lord willing, Dad will be going home sometime tomorrow to be made as comfortable as possible until he dies.

    We have some paper work to do and hoops to jump through but it seems this is the best that we can do.

    Please understand that I cannot be calling each of you or keeping up with all of your calls like I would normally. My family does need me now and this will affect what I do over the next few days.

  6. I will be praying for you and your family. I know this is one of the hardest things to have to sit and see and not be able to do anything to help. Just remember joy comes in the morning. And what a wonderful morning that will be.

  7. wagardner

    They are moving Dad to room 476. Mother just called from CCU. So it is 5:10 pm on Wednesday.

    I will keep you posted

  8. Tracy Paver

    We love your family and are praying for them, sir. We understand that your family needs you so much right now and that’s where you need to be. Please take all the time you need. We’re holding down the fort at Vision and praying for you. I know that the Lord will be glorified in this situation…

  9. Bob and Michelle

    Hi Brother:

    I just wanted to let you know that Michelle and I are praying for your Dad and your family. I heard a man say one time “God’s answers are wiser than our prayers.” AMEN. My prayers are that your family will have peace and understanding through it all.

    Love you Brother

    Your Brother in Christ

  10. wagardner

    The latest is that tomorrow morning we meet with the hospital to take Dad home with hospice. Not going to be easy on any of us.

    You can help by praying for all the family.

  11. Elizabeth Ewing

    We are praying for you and your family. You have always been such an encouragement to our family. We are so sorry that you are going through this. May the Lord bless you and comfort you all.

    Josh, Elizabeth, Hannah and Joseph Ewing

  12. wagardner

    Bro Austin,
    Just wanted you to know that I am praying for your family, and for your Dad.

    Mike Wakefield,
    North Laurel Baptist

  13. wagardner

    Bro. Austin

    Please know that we are praying for your dad and your family during this time. If there is anything I can do to help you while you are away I would be more than happy to; check your mail, cut your grass, etc. Anything at all I am here for you.

    Chris Waye

  14. wagardner

    actually got a phone call from Doctor just a few minutes ago. He says dad is “still unresponsive” We discussed hospice.

  15. Hugh and Elisabeth

    We love y’all and understand what you’re going through having done the same a year or so ago. Our love and prayers to Mamaw and Felicia, we’ve missed them since they moved to Tenn.

  16. Tony & Stacey

    Bro. Austin,

    We are praying for you & your family at this time. We love you guys very much, if there is anything you need us to do, just let us know.

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