I was Michelle's nurse on 6B at Mercy Hospital on the day she was discharged back to the nursing home. I never got to say good-bye to her because she had finally fallen asleep shortly before my shift ended and I didn't want to wake her. I want you to know that I emailed her the following morning...I wanted Michelle to know that she (and you) had touched me in a profoundly deep way and that I was so blessed to have had the chance to meet you both and to help do something, anything, in your time of need. I watched you both interact with each other on that day...what a beautiful relationship you two had. Bonny, I thought of my own two girls as I watched you encourage Michelle to try to eat and I tried to think of how I would handle things if I were in your shoes. Michelle ate a hamburger that day. I was so thankful to have been able to provide that for her...something so simple, yet meant so much to all of us.
October is breast cancer awareness month and I was thinking about Michelle today. In fact, no kidding, I told my husband about her again this morning. I told him that I was disappointed that Michelle had not responded to my email and that I wondered how she was. That conversation prompted me to search for the possibility of finding her in the local obituaries...a finding that was heartbreaking to see.
I am so truly sorry for the loss of Michelle. Although I did not know her in a time of good health, I know what an amazing woman she was to her family, friends and students. For Michelle, her health is now restored and there is no more pain. I want you to know that all of you are in my prayers, as you have been since our time together at Mercy.