Thought I'd share the post I got up on CaringBridge today. For privacy, I've replaced her name with 'Mama'.
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Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid: for the
Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee, He will not fail thee nor
I have no way to better express what I
need to share other than to use the words of one of Mama’s family
members: “it’s time for an honest CaringBridge post”. By the same
token, I don’t think this will come as a shock to any of you.
We are soon going to lose our beloved Mama.
now, and as per her wishes, the round-the-clock battalion of volunteer
care-givers are able to keep Mama comfortable at home. The hope is
that this can continue through to the very end.
She is still
fighting, and she has already surpassed many of the “end of life”
predictions the doctors have made. However, her body is simply not able
to do what her heart, her soul, her spirit is asking it to do.
on a constant morphine pump, but the required higher doses (to keep her
comfortable) are causing her to sleep the majority of the time now.
While she finds it frustrating (you know her: never wanting to miss
out on a thing!), the rest of us are ever so grateful for the rest and
escape from pain that sleep provides.
The extremely small
and infrequent bits of energy Mama can muster now need to be spent on
her children and family, so we are once again asking people to not come
to try to visit. Not even that quick “I’ll just say hello and then
leave!” I know you can understand the need for this – even though it is
so hard to do! She is SUCH a magnetic person, and we all
just want to BE AROUND her . . . even if it’s just to quietly sit by her
Mama DID manage to see Bundle of Joy onto the school bus
and then off it again that afternoon on the very first day of
Kindergarten! I’ll leave you with a picture from that day.