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Friday, November 21

Aunt May

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~

16 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you ahve been able to have this times with your Aunt. A very special time. I will be praying for you all.

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  2. I've been praying for you and Aunt May and I appreciate this update. I'm so glad you are able to be there with her in these final days.

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  3. Thinking of you...the vigil is hard on the family. Hopefully she will soon be released from her suffering to a place of peace.

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  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for the updates.

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  5. Continued prayer for all of you..love ya
    deena

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  6. So good to hear from you. I know just what you're going through. I will be away from my computer for a few days next week. Take Care.
    Love,
    Mama Bear

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  7. She must have an incredibly strong heart and will! I know it's hard for all of you.

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  8. I've been thinking of you so much lately and praying that Aunt May's body finally gives up and she gets the peace that she deserves. It's so hard keeping a vigil over a loved one but think of the comfort she gets knowing that you are all there for her. xoxo

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  9. I love you, and my prayers continue for your family.

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  10. Hi Mary, it amazes me how much the body can go through and linger on before it gives up this life..Aunt May's time will come when God is ready for her..my prayers are with you and your family...hugs, Baba

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  11. My prayers are with you my friend.. You are so blessed to have this time to spend with her....... You will have great memories of these days after then grief is lifted..... Hugs to you girl........

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  12. {{{Mary}}}

    This is so hard on family members! Just make sure you're getting the rest you need!!!!

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  13. I am so glad that you got a chance to check in with us.
    I am so glad that you are getting some times of awareness and that the nurses are being so sweet and tender with her.
    I will keep praying.
    ((hugs))
    Love ya girl

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  14. My sweet Mary you are still in my prayers. I want you to know tha if I could I would come sat and pray with you during this time.
    I want to tell you i love the new header..m.

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