Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Pretty as a Picture

This was the angel, our niece on her special day last Saturday. I had the priviledge of getting her dressed.
Her Mom was able to attend a brief part of the service. When we returned home she was feeling poorly and had to return to bed. The morphine which is necessary for the pain had her sick to her stomach. A large turnout of family was present and the sisters of her grandmother provided a wonderful luncheon. I have to say that my mother-in-law has an unusually generous and loving family. I found myself being envious of that. Her brothers were working on her sump pump and dehumidifier and put a new handle on the toilet. Her sisters chipped in for food and prepared it and were constantly offering her emotional support. On Sunday there was a May parade at the church where Cassie had to wear her dress again. We let my mother-in-law go and we stayed to "babysit" the patient and we cleaned a bit. I felt guilty as she thanked us for every little thing we did. I felt like there was so much more we should be doing.
Today my sister-in-law is having more surgery. She looked so very feeble that I had a hard time understanding why they could not wait. Her tumor has grown to four times the size it was. That is why they had to go in quickly. It is heartbreaking to watch her go through this.
At least her daughter had her there for the day. That was what we had all hoped for. I just wish she could have enjoyed the celebration. Sometimes life is hard and this is one of these times. It's hard to know what to do or say. As weak as she was when Jen opened her eyes and saw us she thanked us for coming, apologized for sleeping through our visit and told us she loved us. We told her that we were happy to see her, she needed sleep to regain her stength and we loved her. We can only offer support and prayers and hope that will make some difference.

1 comment:

Judith HeartSong said...

she is lovely... blessings to all of you... so much happening there. Hang in there Nelle.