(This post is being written by Dave. Cookie has been getting weaker by the day and is now unable to post. I maybe should have started posting for her sooner, but she has really enjoyed being able to communicate honestly and openly for as long as possible.)
Thanks to everyone who attended and/or sent cards for our thirty three and a third anniversary celebration. Our Sunday School class (Life-Sharing at First Mennonite Newton) did a wonderful job of organizing and serving the meal. We were able to visit with a broad range of friends and relatives. Cookie says it was great to see and visit with so many people, she smiles at the mention of the celebration, but she also found it exhausting.
Today she has mostly slept. After a couple of trips to the toilet and the subsequent exertion, she asked for a catheter which the hospice nurse brought by and my sister, Miriam, inserted. We have also had to keep bumping up the oxygen settings to maintain her blood oxygen levels. But she is in good spirits, pain free and surrounded by family.
We aren’t sure if her weakness today is a result of being exhausted by yesterday’s activities or if she truly near the end of her life, in either case the end will come soon. Pray that she is able to continue in the grace which has been so abundant for the last 15 months of her illness.