Sunday, November 6, 2011

HEALING (20, 21, 22 down)

(Here we are sharing/counting UP Forty Days and Forty Nights of our lives, our last on the inner-west side of town and, eventually, some of our first on the other (far) side of town, where we envisage some big changes coming our way. Thanks for joining us as we remember, celebrate and experience gratitude for our time here, and sometimes feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted by the changes underway!)

 This 'Festival of Forty' has experienced quite a lull over the past few days because Rafael has been unwell. With the gentleness and good-humour so characteristic of this little boy, he's being working through a virus that delievered a big bout of asthma, something new to our household.

To see him struggle to do anything physical, let alone breathing, was frightening (what an understatment!). After a few nights in hospital and plenty of rest at home, we hope to have seen the last of it but, watch ever-so closely. We also have a close eye on Elsa who was left shaken by the whole experince and needs equal amounts of love, gentlesness and quiet healing. And at points during the hospital stay, I couldn't help but wonder how parents and children cope when hospital visits are a regular occurance.

Murals on the wall of his hospital room
We are extremely grateful for the amazing services of this here place (and thankful that it's so close to home - for now). The nurses and doctors were wonderful and generous with their care, time and knowledge. We're also feeling very grateful for the care and concern of family and friends. Thank you.

The Children's Garden at the hospital - a wonderful mixture of plants, including many edible varieties.

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