It's been a tough week in many ways, but a blessed week in many ways as well.
Kirk has entered into what the hospice nurse has described as the "little boy" segment of his journey in that his computational abilities are akin to someone in the 5-6 year old range.
This has all been pretty hard on mom. Even though everyone has been doing their part as best they can, (especially Louis and Casimira trekking up from Dallas each weekend and us three other local children) she is the "helper of last resort" and has to be aware of his needs 24/7. This is where the tough parts and the blessings come together. He is very, very sweet to mom and will tell her he loves her probably 5-10 times an hour, if not more, but then again, she has to direct his actions at times when he has different ideas. She has the patience of Job! She also knows alot of folks are praying for her so this helps keep her tank full in spite of the daily grind. If it gets too tough on her, we know we always have hospice to fall back on for additional help and that will probably be something that figures in more prominently as time marches on.
Well, that's all I know to report. We know how emotionally invested so many people are in Fr. Kirk's journey and our family feels a convivial and pleasant obligation to keep everyone informed. By reading the posts, I think we are all becoming more and more of an extended family. And Kirk would really like to know that is happening despite the sorrow of his illness.
We take the time to comment on the postings and he is always glad to know of them. He especially likes to know how families have been affected by his ministry and really got a big kick out of the story about the dream of him blessing so many Boy Scouts. Good stuff all!