From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin - January 10, 1869.

From Sister Marie-Dosithée Guérin to Mrs. Martin

V. + J. (Live Jesus)

Dear sister, do not worry about your children; they have come back very cheerful, but very hungry, they were given dinner and then they were brought to me in the infirmary. Pauline seemed to have lost her tongue, she opened her mouth but did not say a word; perhaps the unusual garb she saw me in prevented her. I was wrapped up in a blanket owing to the vesication I have behind my shoulder which prevents me from getting dressed. To comfort you I will tell you that I am feeling better and on the road to recovery. It’s pneumonia that I’ve had, God allowed the doctor to find the location of the pain; last Sunday I had a very sharp pain in my chest, I thought a vesication would relieve me of this pain, but the doctor had it applied behind [2r°] my shoulder. Two days later he came back again and found that I was breathing easier, but he prescribed maintaining the vesication that is giving out a great deal and since then I have been wrapped up in a blanket for I don’t know how long, but I have been feeling much better today. I slept very well last night, and did not transpire at all; I just was a little damp that’s all. I hope that in a few days I shall be completely recovered. If you knew how well I am being nursed. Our dear Mother comes every day, even though she is also ill, to see me and says a short novena to O. L. of La Salette which will end on Wednesday. Our nursing sisters are fussing over me, I am not allowed to leave the room I am in, not even to go to the refectory which is just next door, all in all they are marvelously charitable. I often think how much I prefer that it is I who am ill and not you, because with your children and your house you would have so badly taken care of yourself that you would surely not have managed to get out of the woods, but I shall recover very soon.       

I thought that for the books you wanted to offer our Rev. Mother, it would be better if we ordered them rather than giving you the bother of it: they are letters St. Francis de Sales wrote to nuns. We have just sent off for them, I think that there aren’t any in Le Mans, we will order them from elsewhere. 

Goodbye dear sister, set your own and my brother-in-law’s mind at rest, I thank him for his concern in my little illness. I pray you will give him my love and tell him that I pray to God for him. Give my love to the two little ones. 

Your affectionate sister

Sr. M. Dosithée Guérin

Of the Von of Holy Mary

B B. G.

[2r°tv] I no longer feel pain in my chest or anywhere else.


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