a brief respite

Today Libby had a good morning and early afternoon.  She had a sense of peace and wasn’t confused.  We really appreciate your prayers.

Yesterday was a heartbreaking day.  Libby didn’t want to drink anything.  Her breathing was very slow. She was confused and unable to communication without extreme effort. When she wasn’t sleeping she seemed like she was in a different world. When people visited she was able to rouse for a minute or two to greet them, sometimes with a couple of mumbled words, sometimes just a look.  Then she  would fall back into the other world or into sleep.

Last night was the first night we had a nurse stay with us overnight as well as the first night Libby slept in the hospital bed that was just delivered. Libby, Helen, and I all slept reasonably well last night, and today has been much better.  The morning started with seeing a double rainbow through the window.  Better still, Libby has been much more alert.  She has even been able to utter several full sentences.  As you might expect, she wasn’t inclined to use her energy to clearly ask for things like “I am hot, help me with the blankets”, or “I would like to sit up more, please raise the bed”. These things we were still left to interpret minute expressions. How did she use her worlds?  To bless others: express appreciate, tell people that she loved them, words from from her heart.  Libby has also been much less confused.  When talking with Libby, you could see the fire behind the eyes, even if the words were brief.

Libby spent the later morning with our friend Alice who have been a great help while I ran Helen to an appointment. This afternoon I read Libby emails, Facebook postings, and Caring Bridge guestbook entries that were left for Libby. She really appreciated the messages sent in by everyone. This was topped off by a Skype video call from our friend Laura who lives in Russia during which Libby found the energy to talk more than she has for several days.

We know that this won’t last long, but for the time being, we are really enjoying BEING with Libby.

For the last year Libby has enjoyed  A Guide to Prayer For All Who Seek God. Today was the first day I was able to read the week’s devotional to Libby.  I found it very appropriate, so I I will close with it’s affirmation from John14:1-3:

Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 

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