Thursday, November 17, 2011

Resilience at end of life

The human body is pretty amazing. Even though she is slowly shutting down, she still retains an ability to rally. This morning she has been in her favorite chair and in and out of sleep. When awake she is looking around and seems to recognize us and responds to simple questions (do you need a drink?, do you need a tissue?). At the same time, one gets the sense she is seeing different things than we do. She can't converse - she says things that don't make sense. She was able to swallow her important meds - a relief for me...

She is smiling a lot - even when she is talking in her sleep. She still retains some charm and wit even though it is limited. And she definitely retains her "wife" characteristics. I have witnesses. I asked her if she needed to use the bathroom. She rolled her eyes at me. That got a big laugh.

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