Just checking in to give you an update. Really, there is no update, we spend a big part of our days at hospice with my Dad, who drifts in and out of reality, but is comfortable and isn’t in pain.
We feel so grateful and fortunate that he is getting such compassionate, dignified and nurturing care in this last chapter of his life. The people who work in the hospice really are angels on earth. It is a place of great sadness, but it is also amazingly positive and safe. I couldn’t wish for a better place for my Dad to be right now…but I can’t lie, it is an emotional time for us all.
I’m also very lucky to have vacation days that can be used to stay in Victoria and support my mom as well. Summer 2014 won’t go down in the books as a great one, but one of growth, and gratitude.
After our visit this afternoon, I really needed to go for a walk, have some “Roz time” and just clear my head. I drove to a beach not far away, and walked along the water. It was JUST what the doctor ordered. Here are a few shots from my walk.
These are my feet in my mom’s shoes (I forgot to pack my walking shoes)….
I saw no salmon….
But I did see heron. LOTS of heron.
I LOVE this! I found this painted rock and little “hello” by a tree. It made me happy. I wish the mystery artist could only know how much the little gesture meant to me and how wonderful it was to stumble upon it today.
Other walkers and some scenery….
“Silhouette Leaf Art”….
“constructed before the tide came in, rock art”
Nature’s “art” in the form of a seashell….
…that acted as a prop for a deceased crab photo shoot…..
…they were EVERYWHERE! Birds will have a good dinner tonight….
And finally, I made a new friend. I’m missing Neva (and Dennis too, but that goes without saying), so any pet to play with is welcome right now. (I actually monopolized one of the little therapy dogs who are brought to the hospice for a while too. He was soooo cute, and was pretty happy to just sit and snuggle with me for a while. I know the dogs are there for patients, but I think families and staff love them too)
Hope all of you are doing well. I am missing normal blogging (and normal life) but know I am exactly where I should be right now, and sooner rather than later this month long roller coaster will stop….and we will be able to begin our process of healing and moving forward.
Much love and thanks for ongoing support and check ins! They mean more to me than you’ll ever know. HUG!!!!