Christy and Gene are finally home. There is nothing more that can be done for Gene except to take care of him and love him and let him enjoy the rest of his life.
Hospice has provided a hospital bed and Christy has friends and family to help with his care (and they are also trying to get HER to get some down time). Mom took their “little girls” (their Yorkie terriers) home for the first time in about a month. Gene and the girls had missed each other fiercely and it was quite a touching reunion; the little dogs were all over Gene, kissing his face and wagging their little tales…it brought a tear to everyone’s eyes.
It sounds like Gene had a very good first day at home. He is weak to the point that he cannot get out of bed let alone feed himself. Mom’s Amish neighbor baked Gene his favorite pie; peach and sent an apple pie along for Christy. Gene had a piece of the peach pie (all of the crust too!) and then had a good size slice of watermelon (his brother Jack even picked the seeds out for him…something he only does for his grandkids).
Christy and Gene are blessed with very good friends and family. As soon as I have my surgery and am able to travel, we will be going down. I am trying desperately to get my surgery date moved up; currently it is 10/12. If I was able to drive that far without the pain, I would be on the road right now. Dan can’t go now because one of us has to be here; we still have campers and cabin guests. We will be “turning away” reservations for any time after 10/13 so we can go down in hopes of having some time with Gene and being of some support for my sister. She is still trying to be brave and strong for everyone else. She needs to be able to “let down”.
Thank you again for the emails and posts. I have shared them with Christy.
On a brighter note; the fall colors are coming on in earnest now. Each day, the treeline along the woods changes. Keep checking the fall color report for updates and photos!
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