Saturday, November 23, 2013
Just got home from hospital after 11 tonight. There were twelve of us visiting this evening. My son Ed went with me, Helen's son with colon cancer made a surprise appearance. He checked out of the hospital for the weekend since they have scheduled his surgery for Tuesday. They said he could go home and also visit his mother. Helen has been playing "musical rooms" she was in one room, they switched her to another room and then moved her back to the original room. She has LOTS of visitors and the second room was smaller and had a view of the parking lot and barely enough room to turn around. The original room was much nicer. The nurses kept giving odd reasons for the room change and finally we got a straight answer and were able to move her back to her original room - they NICER rooms are typically used for those people who are expected to live longer and the smaller, less nice rooms for those closer to death and less likely to appreciate the extra space and views. We were really happy to get her back into the nicer room and while not thrilled to basically be told that she is expected to die sooner, rather than later, it didn't come as any great surprise to any of us - we know that the end is probably sooner rather than later, and so we appreciate their trying to shelter us from that reality, but are all very aware of the realities of the situation.
On a more positive note, Helen continues to be upbeat, cheerful, and loves being the center of attention with everyone circling around her. Her two great grandsons (4 & 6) spent the day with her today and they (literally ALL of them including Helen) painted ceramics in the craft room and then the boys made pretty cards for her. She also is not in pain at all so is able to really enjoy the company and phone calls.
Be blessed and bless others by being the wonderful person you are.