february 13

February Valentines DAy
Valentines Day with Care Team

Dear friends,

The last few weeks have seen many ups and downs. I am happy to say that as I write this now it is an “up” moment and Akka is resting comfortably. She has been in and out of emerg and the hospital and through a couple more procedures. She is still in the good care of the Ottawa Hospital and should be headed back to her beloved home mid-week.

The house is being set up to accommodate her needs and it looks like she will be able to settle back in to it comfortably, albeit more tenderly.

I know this is difficult news for many of you and that it can be especially hard not to have contact. The many, many gestures of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness are making all the difference for Akka and the whole family. The doctors and nurses continuously surprise us with their humility and care and Akka feels like she is in good hands. As her needs go up, so will the support and we are so grateful for this.

The candles and cards and lovely gifts that you have sent are being burned constantly, read and appreciated. All of them. They really are warming her heart and home. She has had a few sweet visits with the whole family and friends, including one with Luang Por Viradhammo and Anagarika Peter who filled the hospital room with their chanting.

Akka is enjoying being off text completely. She may check emails sporadically, but says it’s best not to expect a response. I’m not sure about the phone which she turned off a few days ago, but I don’t think that’s high on her priority list either. Her focus and energy is on meaningful moments, especially with her boys.

Thanks everyone. On behalf of my entire family.

Hospital windowsill
Hospital Windowsill.