12/23/13 A little touch in from the ‘peanut gallery’ ala howdie doodie
In a hand made bag delivered to Shann’ss hospital room the other day is a collection of a dozen small hand made gifts offered out by the PNNAG—a local needle arts guild—with a lovely letter, a portion of which follows:
“The gifts in this bag are for you to give away or keep…..The giving of gifts is an important part of winter holidays in most cultures. Making and shopping for gifts are two of the pleasures of the season. Many years ago, one of our members was a nurse at the bone marrow transplant unit—-she noticed that patients and families experienced isolation from the gifting activities of the holiday season. Patients’ energy was put into regaining health and family energy was directed toward support of their loved ones. The impulse to give was there, but there was no time or energy to spare in crafting or shopping for tokens of esteem and affection. Higher priority must be given to the task of healing.—-there is a saying that a gift blesses the giver as well as the recipient. May the blessings of the season be with all of us”
I can only say that the gift bag and the letter have touched me deeply. Unknown to me, unnamed ‘elves’ have been working away selflessly through the year to bring a cancer patient and her husband a touch of joy. It has worked! I would like to challenge myself along with any readers, to take this example out into our world and do selfless acts of kindness on a daily basis: hold the door for someone; let a car merge in from a side street; smile at the world; put a buck in the struggling persons mitt; mentor a kid or hang out with an elder; do some good work for our over worked and under appreciated natural environment—-the list goes on
AS for Shann; she is making positive progress. Her O2 levels are climbing back up into the mid 90’s with less and less assistance from artificial sources. Her RSV is at the very least been slowed, and has not gone deeper into her lungs. We are awaiting the most recent echo grams, which will tell us how the fluid around her heart is faring. The thrice daily regime with the Ribovirum continues. She is still in isolation and not seeing anyone but her ‘hubby’ and the network of medical care providers. Not sure when she will be ready to make the move out of the hospital and back to the island—we’ll keep you posted.
P.S. From Shann—I have been told I am optimistic. And so I believe we will be home on or before Christmas. Or thereabouts. We are in The Pause now, when Solstice time slows down on either side—darkness fades slowly and light returns also slowly. A good time to an optimist.
Merry Christmas wherever you may find yourselves. Thank you for the uplifting message!
Thanks for the update Steve. Eric and I spent last Christmas at Children’s Hospital with our granddaughter, Ava, who was six months old. She came into the world as a premie, and ended up with three separate viruses, one of them being RSV. On Christmas morning Santa came through and gifted Ava with a beautiful handmade quilt, toys and a new outfit. The quilt had a note from the woman that made it. It was beautiful and made us all cry. Later that afternoon Ava turned the corner and moved out of the PICU onto the regular floor. We were so touch by the unknown friends that blessed us. Life is indeed grand. Merry Christmas to you and Shann. We’re holding you in our prayers.
Sending love for the holidays… Mark, Ron and I are gathering tomorrow and we send our very best thoughts and deepest wishes to you and the family with all hopes that you will be back on the island pronto. Snowing here…quiet snow.
Always and Forever….signed, Fejes clan.
Shann and Steve,
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Very glad to read you are ALL free and I received my news on the 19th in which I’m APL free. If there is anything we can do for you while your are in our neck of the woods, please contact us. Rico and Dawn