Kathy had spent nearly 11 hours by her mother’s hospital bedside when she couldn’t keep her eyes open any longer. After kissing her sleeping mother’s forehead and checking in with the nurse’s station, she decided that it was finally time to get some rest. The cold chill she had felt all day at the hospital stayed with her as she drove back to Hospitality House.
As Kathy arrived at her Family Suite, all she could think about was staying awake long enough to get in the warm bed. When she made it, she breathed a sigh of relief and began to relax for the first time that day. Kathy wrapped the blanket around herself and for a few moments, listened to the silence – no machines beeping, no people talking, just peaceful silence. As she drifted to sleep, wrapped in the warmth she so desperately needed, she felt a spark of hope for what the next day would bring.