Whitesburg KY

Writing slows down after brother’s illness worsens in hospice

Northeast Ohio

Howdy y’all, and I do hope everyone is well and having nice weather. No snowstorms, no drenching rains and most of all no tornadoes; they are so fearsome and usually so deadly. My heart and prayers go out to all who lost loved ones and those who lost their homes and all their belongings. May God be with you and comfort you.

Red and I went to hospice to see my brother Chester, who is now a patient there and really not doing very well at all. I did drive there and back, and it wasn’t too hard so now I will be doing more driving.

I have talked with all the family, Henry Warren, Jeanie, Anna Lea and Ronald Buford. I try to keep them informed on what’s going on.

Talked to Jettie earlier. She went home last night but Chester was in such a bad way she decided to go back to the hospice facility and spend the night. She said he really had a bad night.

His temperature spiked and his breathing was shallow and all that can be done now is to keep him comfortable and free of pain. It makes one feel so helpless knowing there is nothing that can be done. It’s now in the hands of God.

Red has a doctor’s appointment. The office called and said his last blood work was abnormal. I don’t have to go this time.

Got a letter from a dear friend yesterday. Fay Swims of Taylor, Mich., wrote to tell me that her husband Bill isn’t doing well at all. I can surely relate to that.

She also told me that her cousin, Emilie Schmidt of Shepherdsville, had suffered a couple of strokes and is in the hospital. These two young women are both so sweet and very dear to me.

Need to finish this Rich- ard, Georgia and I plan to go see Chester and I don’t know what time I’ll get home, but I hope I make it before Catharine has been here and gone. Haven’t seen her in a week and I miss her.

I really did get a bit of writing done, but after this happened with Chester everything is on hold. I really do miss writing and getting letters, and right now when I call someone it’s usually a family member.

Until next time, be well, keep a prayer in your heart and may there be sunshine in your life.

Emma Lou Engle, 4801 Clifton Ave., Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 233-7548, emmalouengle@yahoo.com.

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