I am writing this for Eileen as she is no longer able to communicate. She is in hospice now - has been for the last three weeks. She has not been able to post again and the last one was difficult for her - obviously the loss of privacy and dignity is uppermost in her mind right now. However, she is no longer able to use the lift so is confined completely to her bed. She is sleeping much of the time and eats very little. This is a terrible process and her insurance company dragged it's feet in providing the necessary equipment until she was beyond any benefit it could have provided. However, her care givers here are unfailingly kind and try their best to keep her as comfortable as possible.
The hospice Eileen is in is lovely and she has big sunny room with views of the gardens and birds feeding their chicks in a birdhouse outside her window. She has had many visitors coming to give her hugs and to tell her how much she has meant in their lives. She says to send her love and gratitude to all of you who have given so much of your support over these past years - it has done so much to make her last journey bearable. If you leave comments I will try to bring them to her.
And thank you so much from me too for being there for her.