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I saw a "green flash" at sunset yesterday...

Friday, August 20, 2010

Three friends and I were looking out over the ocean toward the setting sun. From a cloudless sky, the sun dipped rapidly down behind the marine layer (clouds formed along the horizon.) There was a moment when the top part of the setting sun shone through that cloud layer and, in an instant, there was a bright green flash. 3 of the 4 of us saw that magical sight. My dear friend who died last Friday was a collector of green flash sightings over her lifetime. Yesterday was my first. In my heart of hearts, I feel that this was my friend saying "all is well."

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COMPUCATHY 8/22/2010 9:20PM

    I agree...it was surely a sign from your friend. How special. I'm so glad you got to see it. Thanks for your comment on my blog post analogy about the SP Train. I appreciate your encouragement. Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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REXTINE1 8/21/2010 11:23AM

    I have never seen a green flash - only read about them. That was a good experience.

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My friend is off to her next big adventure...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My friend died yesterday. Eight of us were standing around the hospice bed in her home. Each of us shared our gratitude and love to her for being part of our lives. Our love buoyed her spirit up and onto her next big adventure.

She had lapsed into a coma late last week. She received great care from the Hospice nurse and aide. But, the yeoman's share of the care was provided by her partner and several loving friends. Through this journey she was comfortable, relaxed, and not struggling or suffering. She died as she wanted to...surrounded by those who loved her and in her own home.

She is flying now on her own wings...free.

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REXTINE1 8/15/2010 12:58PM

    I'm sorry for your loss, and have no idea what to say. I wish I could make it better.

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WALKINGANNIE 8/15/2010 6:18AM

    Beautiful. Her journey was serene and she was surrounded by love.

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My friend...

Saturday, August 07, 2010

is on a journey to her next big adventure. When I visited today, she was in her hospice bed at home, surrounded by loving friends. There was soothing, calming music playing and, as she slept (dreamed? journeyed?), a massage therapist gently, lovingly massaged her arms, legs, body. My friend has created so much gentle love, friendship and beauty in this lifetime. It is only fitting that she now be the recipient of the same on the next leg of her journey.

Blessed be!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 8/7/2010 2:45PM

    You write beautifully about your friend and the tranquility that has been created around her.

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REXTINE1 8/7/2010 11:11AM

    I lost a friend from my high school days recently, after a two year decline. He decided that he was ready about a week before the end. He was at home, surrounded by his family, and I hope your friend has the same supprot at the end.

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RENA1965 8/7/2010 1:10AM

    emoticon Your a wonderful friend..

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Another Week Done...

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Time is going by so fast. My grandkids are visiting for a little over a week. Their home is far from here. We are having a lot of fun times together. We are laughing a lot. We are enjoying each other and this time we are having together. I have been able to leave my grandkids for some short visits with my friend who is under hospice care at home. She is being so very well cared for by her partner, friends (some with amazing nursing backgrounds and skills). She slips in and out of conversations and awakeness. She smiles, recognizes, responds, then...she slips out of the conciousness around her and goes...inward?...somewhere else?...to sleep briefly? Then. she's back again. My grandkids will be leaving mid-week and, hopefully, my partner and i will be able to help too.

  
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REXTINE1 8/1/2010 11:39AM

    I'm glad you have had your grandkids visit. We work it the other way around and visit them, not often enough. It's about 1200 miles one way.

I'm sure your friend knows when you are there, and appreciates it.

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FANORONHA_14 8/1/2010 1:49AM

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Today is marked by...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

a 40 pound weight loss since I started with Sparkpeople. If I count my highest weight of 270 pounds at one point not too long ago, I've actually lost 53 pounds. I've gained the ability to walk my dog Smokey everyday on a nearby trail. I am able to easily bend over and tie my shoes. I can help my partner with housework and outside in the yard in ways I haven't been able to in a long time.

What I cannot do and, with all my heart, I wish I could do is help change the circumstances of a very dear friend who is dying from brain cancer. This has been a challenging week because it had seemed before that she had always "bounced back." It is not to be this time. Her doctors told her that she needed to "get her affairs in order" and they are making arrangements for hospice care. She wants to be at home. She will be at home. She will be surrounded by all of us that love her and care for her. We all hope for the peaceful and luminous transition she so deserves. We will do what we can to make it so for her.

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REXTINE1 7/30/2010 8:28PM

    A 53 pound loss is something to celebrate. It's too bad your friend is dying and taking some of the happiness away. I lost a high school buddy recently, and it was an 18 month fight for him that didn't end well. I wish there was some way for you to help her, but just letting her know you care will help some.

I'm sorry I didn't comment the first time I saw your blog, but I just didn't know what to say.

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JCFLEM52 7/27/2010 11:05AM

    I am sorry to hear of your friend's illness and the poor prognosis. It sounds like you are perfectly positioned to be such a help to her at this time. God Bless You! I've prayed for you and her.
Congrats on the stick-to-it attitude with the program. Your progress is deserved and I am glad that you are noticing it in all the things that used to be "I just can't do this!"

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 7/26/2010 1:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great Job!!!

So sorry to hear of your friends sadness. I know you will be of comfort to her. Prayers to all during this hard time.

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FITKAT2010 7/25/2010 5:51AM

    Congratulations on your success.

Sorry about your friend.

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WALKINGANNIE 7/25/2010 5:45AM

    Congratulations on a fabulous weight loss and some great changes.

I'm so sorry about your friend. You honour her beautifully.



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