CarmenNotes

Sunday, June 27, 2010

HOSPICE

Dear Friends and Family of Carmen,

The ever changing world of cancer has come to another chapter. My mom is currently at Domincan Hospital, but will be moving Monday, June 28th to assisted living where she can be close to my brother. She will have hospice and a full time caregiver. The cancer has advanced once again and now the focus is on comfort and not treatment. My brother, his wife and myself will all stay with her through this very difficult time. My mother loves to receive cards and her new address is Micro Star Care Home, 1109 E. Homestead, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Your continued support to her at this time has been appreciated beyond words.

Sincerely, Kelly Arbaut

42 Comments:

At 4:51 PM, Blogger Joan said...

I'm so glad you posted Carm's address, Kelly !
much aloha to you both.
love, jec

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Love you all.....
Thank you Kelly for letting us know how things are.
Trisha and John ♥♥

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Patricia said...

See you thursday Buhn... ❤

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Thank you Kelly for the update and address for Carm....Carmen I am thinking of you with prayers and hugs.Love you....Bonnie

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Tina Lenert said...

Kelly: thanks so much for keeping us informed. You and Quincy are the best!
Carmen: love you, miss you, and think about you lots.

 
At 10:25 AM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Thank you so much, Carmen, for giving me some beginning piano music to learn, especially those magic cards! I am dedicating my learning and playing (eventually it will sound nice), to you because you are my inspiration for music!

Love you, and hope you like your new home and get lots of loving care.

Robin

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Thank you so much, Kelly, for giving us Carmen's new address and keeping us close to her in that way. I'm praying for all of you. I hope all goes well with the move today.
Love, Robin

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Toni said...

Carm,

So glad we got to talk. Hope we get to talk again soon. Love you Carm.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger kathie roberts garrigus said...

Love you Carm..I was walking up Wychus creek yesterday and picking up tiny red lava stones. With each one I said a prayer for you. I wish we were all back on the beach together like that beautiful day in Malibu. xoxoxoxox Kath

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger jeanne said...

My prayers are with you Carmen.
Thinking of you with love, Jeanne

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger patriciabacall said...

Carmen, you have brought so many people so much enjoyment in your life with your music, your steadfast quality of being, and your humor...we are all praying for your comfort and as much grace as possible in whatever will be for you. You've been through so much, I cannot blame you if you're tired and want to move on, but only God knows what is in the stars for you, I've been very happy to know you, and feel blessed because of our friendship.
Love, Patti

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

The place where I am staying is very spiritual. Filipinos run it and hospice is really organized. I feel I'm getting very special attention because I'm not in the hospital. There are only 4 people at this little cottage. It's very peaceful...a great place to spend your last days. Thanks for the continual love!

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

The place where I am staying is very spiritual. Filipinos run it and hospice is really organized. I feel I'm getting very special attention because I'm not in the hospital. There are only 4 people at this little cottage. It's very peaceful...a great place to spend your last days. Thanks for the continual love!

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

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At 7:48 PM, Blogger Joan said...

so glad your setting is so right. continual love is what we're all beaming to you, dear Carm !
aloha no, jec

 
At 8:20 PM, Blogger Steve Jensen said...

HI Carmen:
Great to see you week before last.
I hope your new place will make you comfortable. Linda and I have you in our prayers (still).

Love, Steve & Linda

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger margaret said...

Carmen, I so treasure the special time we spent talking about life, and what is really important--I will never forget that time.
You are such a special woman, and I am so glad you have found a peaceful place to be. Love Margaret

 
At 9:07 AM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

Quincy and I wrote a song called: "The End of the Road". it's kind of a country western melody and the words are funny and sad. The music is what's still keeping me going, and keeping things light in the middle of such a heavy event.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger Joan said...

musical & creative -- you're the best, Carm !!
aloha no, jec

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Mornin Carm...wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and sending prayers. How great that you and Quincy wrote a song. Anyway to put it on this site? Would love to hear it! So glad your kids are with you....such a blessing. Love, Bonnie (and Steve sends his love too)

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Hi Carm...How wonderful it is to read all these comments. It is heartwarming to read all the love your friends feel for you. By setting up this blog you have allowed us to reach out to you and tell you how much we appreciate and love you. Thank you so much for that. John is making you a treat for me to bring up to you.
Love you Buhn....so much!
See you in a couple of days.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger surfer gal said...

Carmen, I am sitting in my office listenting to the shama thrushes, doves and the roosters greeting the morning here in Hanalei. I am having so many wonderful thoughts of you, your music, your laugh, your insights, your generosity, your love and encouragement. You are such a light to my life and right now it feels like a fire telling me to move, dance, sing and get on with it girl. I am so happy you are in a beautiful cottage in a serene place. The photos of your family are beautiful and lovely. I wish I could be there to sing you my latest song called Blindspot!! Its a bluesy jazz tune... sending Big huge ALOHAS to you Carmen. you are such an inspiration..

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger surfer gal said...

love to you Carmen, Michaelle
AKA Surfergal

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Kim S said...

Hi Carmen,
Barbara Tofte shared at church last Sunday that the "C" has returned. I wanted you to know how much you have touched my life through your amazingly "positive" and "resilient" spirit. I am happy to visit your Blog site and see that you've been living your life to the fullest and spending time with the people you love. We are having a fun summer. We've been down to Hanalei and Kalihiwai alot to boogie board in the small summer waves. Your beautiful harp will always ring in my home. I think of you often. You are in our prayers each day!
With Love & Aloha,
Kim, Bob, Jared & Trevor Schaefer :-)

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

Just had a fabulous lavendar massage from a newphew of Depak Chopra. The place I'm staying at is magical. There are a lot of east Indians here, doctors and nurses, and they are very spiritual and calming to be around.

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Joan said...

so good to hear you're in the best hands, Carm ! ahhh lavender --- wonderful !

you're in my heart all day long.

aloha no & big hugs, jec

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Sadie said...

Beautiful Carmen. I love you so much. You gave me the gift of music. I am thankful every day that my life was touched by the light of such an angel. I carry you in my heart. Always and forever.

Love,
Sadie

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger leslie Hayes said...

Carmen, I know that you will be truly present during this transition. It will be a blessed time of freedom and warmth and love. You can relax and let others care for you. You have earned it and have given to the world in your shortened life more than most people give in long lives! Your music will fill the hearts and souls for generations to come and your precious grandchildren will have it as a true treasure from their grandmom, you!!! oxoxoxoxoxoxoLove, Lynn and Leslie Graves

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Mornin Carm....wishing you a beautiful day. The Lavendar massage sounded wonderful. It sounds like you are stayin in a wonderful place and environment:) So glad they are taking such good care of you.......hugs and prayers always....love you, Bonnie

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Patricia said...

Morning carm....Love you my friend.
Hugs!!

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Good morning (barely morning, that is), Carmen,
Been thinking about you, as usual, with love and prayers for another peaceful day for you. Thought you'd like to know my massage friend is going to give your "Healing Harp" CD to her husband who really needs some inner child healing, she says. She is so excited for him to have it. Also, Carol listened to your Y2K cd yesterday during her 2 hour massage. Your music lives on and on and on...
Lots of love to you, Robin

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Carmen Dragon said...

Had my first panic attack last night. My bowels are completely backed up with no where to go but up. It seemed like my intestines were pushed all the way up to my throat and I was going to stop swallowing (last stage signs). I had so much fear about it because I heard it's a brutal way to go, as you will start starving to death, so I panicked. Thank God they have hospice nurses who can get to you immediately in any crisis and they came right in, gave me Lorazapam which calms the mind and helps nausea, then they gave me a laxative, and then put me on oxygen and I was able to fall asleep. This morning I am better, but the laxative isnt working yet, and I'm about one and a half weeks of no elimination. Say prayers, thank you.

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

You are a brave woman Carm.
Hope you have a quiet night.
Trisha xoxo

 
At 5:54 PM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Prayers for you dear Carmen.......sorry you have to o thu this. Just feel all your friends arms around you to give you peace.........love you.
Bonnie

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Dear Carmen, My prayers are with you. Please, Lord, give Carmen the fullness of Your Grace and protect her in all ways from fear and discomfort. Let her know your Presence in the darkness and in the light. Please help her along her path to be with You, Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger morten said...

Much, much love to you, beautiful Carmen.

Skip

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Countless loving prayers and thoughts are with you, Carmen.

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Patricia said...

Hi Carm....
Love you!
Trisha

 
At 8:56 PM, Blogger Buckaroo Farms said...

Hi Carmen,
Checking in to say howdy and to wish you a restful night.
Much love, Vicki

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger Grandma Birdie said...

Hi Carmen,

On the off chance you might be awake, I thought I would just let you know I am thinking of you even at this hour. I'm with you in spirit...make that Spirit. May the angels be playing harps for you and give you peaceful rest tonight.

Love you, sweet Carmen.

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Patricia said...

Morning Carmen...
Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts every moment. I treasure all our memories we have had together...and our friendship. I love you my good friend.
xoxo

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger sally said...

Thinking of you Carmen night and day. Lots of love, Sally

 

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