It has been 2 months and 30 days since my GirlMic/Leslie died and I received this card with beautiful words of comfort. I also played a recording I have on my phone of her distinctive laughter as I read the words of the scripture on the card from Nate Hatfield of NPAF.
#Wys Waysof Wellness: This picture is the last picture my GirlMicLeslie took as we celebrated in Nashville Opryland in June 2015. I woke up with a smile because of her smile. My #InspiredGratitude 25 award goes to her and her Quiet Giver spirit for all the gifts of love we now enjoy.
When we started our day at 06:35, we listened to the song , “It is Well.” We realized the significance that GirlMic/Leslie had been in this silent scream for 40 days. Her body had diminished but her soul and spirit had produced 40 silent sermons to all whom entered ICU Wilderness 312. Her Nurses Ariel and Bree and RT Cynthia cared for her and we played music, “Take Me To The King” and “I Can Only Imagine” while praying. Her visitors were Valerie, Doug, Robert, Lynn, Silas, Greg, and me. We held her, kissed her and shared how we loved her. GirlMic/Leslie’s Sermons are Completed!
07:35 Greg and I sit at Leslie’s bedside and watch as Chrissie and Dr Walker starts their assessments. Dr. G. Kraus comes and gives us a “Litany of Compassion For the Sick” writing and she is given her freedom from the ventilator. The room is full of family and staff as we sing, pray and play a a Daryl Coley song, “Can’t tell It All.” Chrissie starts a MS drip and we are blessed to see her breathing on her own. Dr. K.L. Bryan starts the Hospice Care admission arrangements. I left Greg and GirlMic/Leslie so they could spend time together.
07:00 ! walk in to find Nurse Zach moving quickly as he gives me the news that Leslie has GI bleeding. She has required Platelets and Blood. Dr. Kraus and Omer visited and Nurse Chrissie started her shift.
08:15 I start to sing aloud. “I need you to survive.” Si, Doug, Greg, Valerie, Ann and Jerome are here. We are told of the critical nature of this new complication. More family members, Glenise, Ken, Corliss, Lynn, Pat, AJ, Chris Hill and Pastor Holloway are here. We pray and play healing songs. We read Psalm 117. She is not responsive but I see a tear. .
07:00 and our day started with nurse Sarah with a smile which is the name I gave her the first day she cared for my GirlMic. Dr Kraus said that he is in favor of getting the PEG tube and transferring to a Rehab. Today her Platelets are 6 and her B/P is 97/72. I decided to read a scripture to her from Romans 8:28. Dr Walker came and said that her condition is complicated and we needed to look into plans for Leslie’s care. Dr. Muir will start IMG IVs to “jumpstart” her platelets. It is 5pm and her beautiful eyes are open.
We start today with Nurse Alex, Dr Threlkeld and Dr. Walker. GalVal and Robert are here. GirlMic has active bowel sounds and the feedings are resumed. We smile as she is opening her eyes to our calling her name. Dr. Kraus and his office nurse Debbie came also. Debbie shared how she enjoyed Leslie and I remembered Leslie telling me that when she called the office, Debbie was helpful and immediately responded to her needs for many years. We laughed about her thick files because she had been a patient so long. I am glad to see Nurse Nicole back.