Bear Silverstein's Journal
Written Jan 13, 2010 12:56amHello, beloved friends and family. I am so pleased to say that Bear is now comfy and snoring away at Providence Mt St Vincent in West Seattle. They took excellent care of him after his initial stroke and as he rehabbed from several events over the past three years. The staff at Virginia Mason hospital were outstanding, and we are so thankful for their care of him over the past month. To be able to now move Bear so close to home AND have him surrounded by people who model the compassionate care inspired by the Sisters of Providence is a true gift. Bear has not even wanted to have much more than a sip of water today, so if that remains his decision we will do our best to match his bravery and usher him on his way soon. If it's possible to imagine, his big Bear heart grows bigger and brighter each day. Love to you all, bc and Anna
Written Jan 13, 2010 12:55amBonjour, cheri! Pauline called from France to wish you peace. She recalled your trips deep in the vineyards of wildest France to learn firsthand about the best wines in the world. She sends you love and a toast!
Written Jan 11, 2010 12:31amHello, dear friends. We hope that we can move Bear to a hospice room tomorrow at the Mt in West Seattle if they have space for him. He has decided in the last few days that he doesn't want to eat or drink (although Bear being Bear, an exception was made for an extraordinary wine brought from the very deep end of the cellar of a dear friend he wanted to see before moving on), and he wakes only occasionally to let us know he knows we're there. His sense of humor - especially his comedic timing - is intact and his gestures have brought genuine glee on a few occasions. Seeing him muster his remaining strength to rise to the occasion to be a host and welcome his friends is both lovely and heartbreaking. That's my Bear! We'll keep you posted on the hoped-for move to the Mt. Blessings on you all in the meantime! Love, bc