Member Rara Avis
Durban, South Africa
I had an Internet connection problem for a while, but it seems to be sorted out now. However, Alison, with regard to your kind offer, if you see that I haven't sent for more than 1 day, please will you send the messages from the last time I sent, to Linda - well, now Shannon's PC - for me. Hopefully I won't have any more long lapses of Internet connection now that the whole area's problem has been sorted out. Smiles. Thanks, Alison.
Here is the email from Shannon:
I'm so sorry not to have written for a while; my mom's computer is acting up a lot and I have been having trouble logging on, let alone opening her emails. I tried again today and was able to open a couple. I have almost 2 weeks of emails to try and open still, so I haven't had a chance to read many of the more recent responses to Mom. Just so you and everyone else know, I've been printing all of the responses/letters that have been posted and am putting them together in a keepsake binder for Mom to continue to enjoy and gain inspiration from, later. I don't know if everyone understands just how much they have touched her heart, and our family's hearts. Your wonderful words have made all the difference.
Mom continues to feel a bit stronger every day. She had a bit of a setback shortly after reaching the rehab centre in her current hospital, but is getting better. She somehow contracted a superbug, called MRSA, while in hospital and was immediately put into quarantine upon testing positive for it. Her roomie was whisked out and no visitors were allowed at all. It's only been recently that she can have a couple of visitors at a time, but we have to be in full hospital gowns, gloves, etc. to see her, and everything she touches has to be sterilized. She has limited access to people and things in the hospital, which has put a bit of a damper on what she can do. Thankfully, her last 2 tests to see if she is still infected have tested negative. Her final one is on Monday and we'll know by Wednesday if she's clear. Goodness, we all sure hope so; Mom says she's been feeling like a leppar! ;(
Diana, here is my email. I don't know if I'm going to be able to get into Mom's account again, so I think it's best to email me instead. That way, I can also access your emails from any computer, as I use a hotmail account. Here it is: firstname.lastname@example.org. It's okay if you give out my email to people who wish to send messages to Mom.
Thanks again for your love and support!
I have subsequently resent all messages from 14 January 2011 onwards in one email so that Linda won't have missed any and also sent the whole thread up to now in both Word and as a pdf file to make sure that Shannon gets them to pass on to Linda.