Sunday, August 17, 2008
Esmé's Grandma won't be arriving on the plane with Grandpa this week. Esmé's great grandma, due to turn 96 on September 12th, isn't doing very well. My mother is in Alberta with her, providing much of the 24-hour care she needs right now. This photo of great grandma was taken last week.
Esmé has never met her great grandma. But she does have this beautiful blanket made by great grandma especially for her a year and a half ago.
My mother writes:
"How does one figure out what is best? We children are trying to carry out our mother’s wishes. She hurts so badly from her compressed back injuries after a fall a month ago that she desires to rest. That means that when she does not feel like eating we should let her decide not to, BUT it hurts so badly to see our mother fade before our eyes. I arrived a week ago, on a Friday night. She was suffering from severe abdomen pain, whenever the process of digestion began, all the way to its end, only then did she have a little rest, to become hungry again and encouraged to eat - by us – which began the painful process again. Nurse Florence said that the injury is causing pain to radiate into the digestive area which affects the body’s ability to digest. We have given mother ibuprofen to dullen the pain which has done so.
Last evening she didn’t want to eat any more of that applesauce we use to put that medicine in, so her night has been a long, long one. This morning she has taken some cold water and cranberry juice, and as I sit here watching her breathe those shallow breaths, I pray that she will not have to suffer much longer – yet I do not want her to leave us. We love her and owe her so much for her loving care of us children. Such is life in this sin-sick world. We have given her permission to go. It is OK, but it hurts!
. . . I have decided to focus on ‘heaven’ today – a place of freedom from suffering, a place of happy communion with Jesus, a place where we will be together with our lost on earth loved ones. I pray that we are all longing for Jesus' coming to end all suffering. Let’s be ready."
"Now God’s home is with people! He will live with them, and they shall be his people. God himself will be with them, and he will be their God. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared." Revelation 21:3-4, GNT