In my last post I told you how I had just discovered a Christmas gift from my lovely neighbour and friend, Bernadette. She telephoned me last Saturday to ask if I could pop over (her house is right opposite mine) for a few minutes, which I did, only to find her half in and half out of bed and unable to get herself into bed properly because of her health issues. I helped her back into bed and made sure she had everything she needed and showed her my newly manicured nails, thanking her once again for the gift voucher.
The following day we went out and didn't get back until 7 ish, We had only been home about an hour when Bernadette's daughter called to tell us her Mum had been taken into hospital, as she really wasn't very well, and asked if we would take care of her house (close the blinds at night and open them in the morning) whilst she was in hospital. Imagine our shock the following morning when I found a note pushed through our letterbox saying Bernadette had passed away in the early hours.
Bernadette was a very strong woman who had been living on borrowed time for the last five years. In fact 5 years ago, after a three week stay in hospital, she was sent home and given two weeks to live, that will give you some indication of just how strong she was.
Tuesday will find us paying our last respects to Bernadette at her funeral,
We will miss you Bernadette. RIP. xxxx