Monday, May 16, 2011

16th May

Sleep… Jane slept very well last night and quite well through a lot of today. But who wants to live like this? Increased use of morphine certainly helps with breathing but the price is high. And so today has been somewhat uneventful and incredibly calm. Indeed the most action we saw was another attempt at the weekend crossword alongside the never ending Barcelona jigsaw. It’s been a few days since Jane could cope with the jigsaw though. The district nurse is excellent and calls around as often as we want, she seems very willing to pursue every aid for Jane’s comfort and we could ask for nothing more.

Our children are also wonderfully caring, offering to help in any way we need and today our eldest grand-children popped through the door for a really brief hello which was nice… but sad also. I remember last summer when we child-minded quite a lot and we got to know them really well, spending many happy hours building dens in the woods on the local park and weaving dozens of friendship bracelets. I enjoyed being the embarrassing grand-dad last Christmas when I produced a family video of all our grandchildren through that summer and beyond. The star of the show for me though was a short clip of Jane hanging on tightly to a sledge coming down a particularly snowy hill last November. Those were the days!

And they will be again…

Isaiah 65:17-20 ‘Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy. I will rejoice over Jerusalem and delight in my people. And the sound of weeping and crying will be heard in it no more. No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they have lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at one hundred! Only the cursed will die that young!’ (NLT)

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