"There's nothing else we can do ... we'll call hospice and send you home today." Those words echoed in my head as I sat at my sister-in-law's bedside. So many feelings rushed through me as I struggled to, gain my composer and attempt to offer support to my family.
Hearing the word "hospice" was difficult for me even though I hear it, see it and live it daily as the executive director of Heritage Hospice, Inc. Being on the "other side" was a place I had been before, but not like this. This was my sister-in-law, someone I loved and shared so much over the years. I felt helpless. I found myself falling into the "nothing else can be done" thought process wondering how did we get to this point.
Decisions had to be made - quickly. Time took on a new meaning. Home became the immediate focus as it was important for my sister-in-law to be home surrounded by her husband, children, family, friends and hospice. And then, it hit me. There's a lot to be done. I found myself getting frustrated, thinking "what do they mean there's nothing else to be done!" There are things to be said, people to see, time ever so short to be cherished, comfort to be maintained and dignity to be upheld!