Thanks to all my friends and readers for your kind and loving words of support as Aunt May travels her final journey. Mom & I were up at the hospital all morning and came home about 2pm.
On Tuesday night, the nurse sent all the family members home at midnight and told them to get some rest, as there were no signs that Aunt May would pass before morning. Wednesday night, she asked someone to stay because they didn't expect her to make it through the night. When I saw Aunt May on Tuesday, she was in a deep sleep and didn't acknowledge us even when we talked to her, though I know she could hear us. I thought, as did everyone else that she would pass before Wednesday morning.
Yesterday she seemed to be a little uncomfortable at times, but still kept her eyes closed much of the time. The nurses are treating her well. Each time they go to her bed, they tell her exactly what they are going to do before they touch her.
This morning when Mom & I got to the hospital, her door was closed. They were bathing her and changing her bedding. They put her in a clean gown and she looked comfortable when we went into the room. Here eyes were open and her daughter was there as well. We all talked to her and she responded by blinking her eyes. A little later in the morning, I gently washed her face with some warm water and she opened her eyes and looked right at me. She didn't try to speak but her eyes told me that she was aware of what I was doing. I talked to her as I was doing it and then she laid there with her eyes open as her daughter, Mom and I talked about her granddaughter who is on a trip to Europe with the school. Her daughter had brought a picture of them sitting on the steps of a church in England and we were talking about where she is going and what she is seeing. Apparently there is a website where parents can go and get information and photos. Aunt May was keenly aware of what we were saying.
Aunt May's pulse is strong, though she is losing a lot of weight. She hasn't taken any food or drink since Sunday.
Thanks to everyone for emails of support, kind words of comfort and your loving support. It is very much appreciated both by myself and our family ~Blessings, Mary~