Karena went back into the hospice yesterday night - more serious tummy pain. Her tumour is clearly advancing quite rapidly. They gave her injections after we arrived and she was peaceful and sleepy when I left her. Unfortunately through the night her condition worsened and she was frequently sick. They're not sure if her bowel has now stopped functioning completely, but she's clearly not in good shape with increased pain and discomfort requiring increased painkillers and anti sickness drugs too. As a consequence, today she has been very sleepy - and aware of conversation around her but hardly able to take part at all. She is also weaker.
The consultant today said that they would continue with the current drugs but would increase the background analgesia and see if her bowel starts up again (it may do apparrently). She's very uncomfortable though. When Karena asked, the consultant said that depending on what happens with her bowel "you may live a few days or you may live a few weeks".....and so the words of the Psalmist resound like a gong in my ears once again.....
"All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be"
Karena is in the hands of her Lord. She is facing death square-on, and is confident in the goodness of God, and that her place in glory is secure through Christ's death for her.
Let's see what tomorrow holds.....appreciating your ongoing prayers.