What the Tide Brings In

Ann Fontaine, Rest In Peace

By Kristin | April 20, 2018

This is Kristin Fontaine, Ann Fontaine’s daughter. She passed away peacefully on April 18th at home after several weeks of hospice care. I am posting this on her blog so there will be a publicly accessible place to share information about Ann’s memorial service and plans.  The is the most current information that I have…

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Happy Easter

By Ann | March 31, 2018

Thanks for all the letters and cards you have been sending.  It is hard for me to write or talk on the phone. I love hearing from you and love knowing I am in your thoughts and hearing stories of our times together. Talking makes me cough. I fade out while just listening. Even chatty…

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Hospice: Day 1

By Ann | March 22, 2018

Busy day today: assessment nurse came yesterday. Already today I have recliner chair that powers me up to my feet. Best of all the Bath Lady came! Oh joy – really clean hair and a good scrubbing!! Oxygen people will come swap out my machine to the one they will use. Pack of meds came…

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By Ann | March 18, 2018

I have called the hospice team. Not because I am immediately dying (though I could) but for the help they can give us with this process. I think until now I have been sort of in denial of sorts. Oh I know I am fading but now I need help with fading. I will be…

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Skipping Ash Wednesday

By Ann | February 9, 2018

I have been thinking about Ash Wednesday lately. My current thought is that I will skip it. My health leads me to believe that I will be having my own real life (or should that be real death?) ashes to ashes, dust to dust moment sooner rather than later. I am not dead yet but…

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Seeking the living God

By Ann | January 9, 2018

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!* My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Psalm 84:1How many of us are doing now what we thought we would be doing when we thought about that as children or…

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January 2018: Embracing my life as a plant.

By Ann | January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!  a date which in September I did not think I would see. Life is changed (but not ended- as it says in the BCP) – oxygen is my friend. I use varying amounts depending on activities. 8 for showering – 3 for sitting around – and in between for other things. I…

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Coming Up for Air!

By Ann | November 18, 2017

What a difference a month makes.  Being on oxygen has greatly improved my sense of well being. I had 2 infections that are now over. Off antibiotics. Last month I thought “this is it” and was okay with that. Now I feel like I don’t know what is next. My birthday is next week –…

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Lung update October 4

By Ann | October 5, 2017

If interested- here is my health update I saw my new pulmonologist – feel like he is paying attention. Not a fan of steroids which I am happy about. The 2 weeks of 40mg and then nothing left me with chills and fevers for a couple of weeks. Now that is out of my system.…

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After: thoughts on life

By Ann | September 24, 2017

Is there life after death and if so what will it be? In a Woody Allen movie, a Jewish man (played by Allen) converts to Christianity. His mother screams and goes to her room. The father asks why he would want to do that. Allen’s character replies by asking his father, “Aren’t you worried about you…

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