Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Healing Garden

I took this pic from Hubby's Room up on the third floor.

The ones below were taken just today, as I walked in the Healing Garden, a beautiful addition to this Hospital. I wish all hospitals had a garden as serene as this one.

It's been over a month since David's admission to Mount Sinai. He still hasn't made it outside yet. We have hopes to bring him out to the garden tomorrow, if all goes well. Just getting him into a wheelchair with 2 portable oxygen tanks is a major undertaking. But we did manage this today - only for 15 minutes in the hallways, but a good start.

I continue to feel like I'm in a twilight zone. David has his ups and downs (he had a major setback a week ago, which I will post about later).

I hate watching him die. I hate that his skin colour is so awful. I hate that he's so frail.

I wrote in a long-ago post "how can his body be deteriorating and yet his spirit shines so brightly through his eyes?" Well, now I know and I hate how the shining light in his eyes is fading.


Cheryl said...

Good morning dear Wendy

My heart is full.....I feel your anguish....I respect your courage.

I do so hope that David can spend one moment in time, in the healing garden. It is a quiet and serene space.......and so very beautiful.

I am honoured to know you and share your journey with David. I am always here if you should need me. Thinking of you my friend, do take care.......

Love and light

mxtodis123 said...

What a beautiful garden that is. I love the little wooden bridge. I've often been thinking of you and David and I am so glad that you have posted. Know that you and David are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ruth said...

The garden is a lovely place and I hope you gather strength from its beauty. The path is difficult now for both of you. Take care...

Shammickite said...

I really really hope that you will be able to bring David out into that lovely garden for a visit. It would do his spirit good.... and yours too. Hospitals are all well and good, but just taking in the sights and sounds of that garden will be inspirational for you both.
Thinking of you, and sending you good vibrations.

Maggie May said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this and it reminds me so much of the way my father had to die. Perhaps the worst part of all was seeing the way lack of oxygen affected an intelligent brain.

The garden is beautiful and I hope that your husband can get out to see it because the beauty of it will definitely leave healing qualities in him and refresh him after being in a boring place for so long.
The photos are magnificent.
Be strong......(((hugs))) Maggie X

Nuts in May

amelia said...

Oh I hope so much that you can get David into the garden, at least once.
Like everyone here, you are on my mind all the time, not a day goes by without wondering how you are and how he is and how you are coping...

Rose said...

Dear Wendy, I have been thinking of you often and wondering how David was doing. My heart goes out to both of you; this is such a difficult time, but it seems that your husband is a fighter and very courageous. Thank you for sharing the photos of this beautiful healing garden--every hospital should have an oasis like this for patients and their loved ones to visit. I hope that it gave you some peace and needed respite, Wendy. If I were nearby, I would give you a big hug right now.

Celia said...

Dear Wendy, I hope your husband gets to be in the lovely garden soon. Hugs to you both, I took care of my Mom when empheysema took her. She couldn't talk much but could see everything. I see you display such courage, both of you.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Dear Wendy,

This is a long hard chapter in your lives. Just know that you are not alone--so many of us care. I have you in my thoughts and prayers daily--both you and David. I would love to sit with you in that beautiful garden and give you a big hug. I take comfort in knowing you have children and grandchildren nearby to give you strength. Please don't forget that I am here for you--just an email away.

Hugs filled with love,

Anonymous said...

Dear Wendy,

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope David can spend some time in that beautiful garden.It looks so calm and serene.I haven't seen one as beautiful as this (not at any hospital here).

Take care. (Hugs)

Jean said...

So sorry for all the turmoil you are going thru. I hope this delightful garden gives you a chance to 'recharge'as you continue to spend time with your husband. Jean

JeanMac said...

Oh Wendy - you both are in my thoughts and prayers.

femail doc said...

Oh my, the road to the end is often so tough. What a beautiful venue though to travel on it. My thoughts and best wishes are with you both.

Abba's Girl said...

I'm so sorry for the pain and anguish you and your husband are going through now.

My prayers are with you.

I'm glad you find solace in the garden.


hummer said...

My heart is with you and your hubby. I am glad they have provided such a beautiful place for relaxation and meditation. Two things the caregiver needs so much.