I wanted to let everyone know how things are going with Colleen.
This is a rough time for me personally because entirely too often my heart and my mind are at odds with each other. Anyone who has been through this type of situation before understands. At times, Colleen’s eyes light up and she is full of life. While this is happening, I realize that she is short of breath while talking. She is in a hospital bed in her own room with oxygen going non-stop and a PCA pump is connected to her port. She tires easily and its a really good day if she can be wheeled out to the kitchen table for dinner. Like I said, her eyes tell one story, but her body is telling a different one. Unfortunately, no matter what I may think or feel, the hospice doctors are very clear about Colleen and her prognosis. Ovarian Cancer has the upper hand.
With that said, visiting hours this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) will be 1-2 pm. Many people have inquired about visiting, so we wanted to make sure that everyone knew what the situation will be for the weekend. Colleen can handle some short visits, but she tires easily when she has to talk a lot. We ask that you keep Colleen the priority and to understand that if she is sleeping, visitors will not be allowed. You are welcome to come in and visit with family, but she will not be woken up. The hospice people suggested we offer people the ability to write letters and send cards. Her nurses are worried that if she becomes tired and short of breath that she might panic. If you would like her address, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. She loves all the flowers and cards that have been sent so far. We appreciate them too.
Thank you for all your love and support!