Sunday, March 2, 2008

Vigil

Most of our family went to visit my sister Barbara today, in shifts. She looked and felt markedly worse. I said, "Why don't you close your eyes for a while?" and her (I think purposely) enigmatic reply was, "Because then you will all be gone." I said we'd stay, but she forced herself to keep those eyes open wide and kept watching us.

As we left, she gave each of us such searching, sorrowful looks...

She had had many other visitors besides the 7 of us and was very tired. At 6:00 p.m., she asked for some morphine and was given it. And nobody has been able to awaken her since.

Just before her eyes finally did close, she asked for her husband, and he was sent for. He is spending the night with her and does not want the rest of the family there, so we are respecting his wishes. (Note to self: HE is "the nearest of kin".) Their two young daughters are with their adult cousins nearby. Mom and my sister Wendy are also there tonight.

Demetrios and I, not having brought our medications, headed back to Richmond just after eleven p.m., but we shall return this afternoon, prepared to stay for several days.

Another vet came to visit Barbara while we were there, and she brought with her a miniature poodle named Lucy. So Barbara got to see and pet a dog again, after all these months. Small thing, but then again, maybe not so small, for a veterinarian. I'm so grateful for that.

4 comments:

Fr. Gregory Hogg said...

We will keep vigil with you, Anastasia.

"Love is as strong as death," and so in times of grief we draw near to each other, to our departing/departed loved ones, and to our Lord.

Love is stronger than death, for Christ God has trampled death by death, and in his great love for mankind has given life to all those in the tomb. May he keep you in his care!

Ezekiel said...

Joining with you in vigil and in the strong bonds of love in Christ.

Elizabeth said...

Praying for Barbara and for **all** of you, dear Anastasia.

Asking the Panaghia to place her protecting veil over you all........

Christopher D. Hall said...

Lord have mercy on Barbara and all your family!