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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 7, 1930

From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - December 7, 1930

Details about the illness of Sr Françoise-Thérèse Martin

From Sister Jeanne-Marthe Decarpentry

7th December 1930

Dear Reverend Mother,

Over the last fortnight, we have all, one after the other, been struck by a small flu epidemic. Sr Marguerite-Agnès has had quite a high temperature, and she is struggling to overcome the feeling of weakness that the flu-like cold leaves behind.

Sister Françoise-Thérèse endured it for the first few days, perhaps too courageously, not wanting to take the tablets prescribed by the doctor and saying she was feeling much better. But on Friday evening, she came down with quite a high temperature, which has remained at 38.3 to 38.2° since.

This morning we had her transported to the infirmary and the doctor has just detected some congestion in her left lung. He will come back on Tuesday morning to assess the effects of the cupping and mustard plasters he prescribed, and the syrup that she takes every 4 hours.

Our dear Sister is very calm and has surrendered herself to the nurse’s care. She doesn’t know I’m writing to you, dear Mother, but without being worried, the doctor says that due to her age, her condition could worsen.

We hope that this won’t be the case and we’ll write to you again on Tuesday, after the doctor has visited.

My Sister the former Prioress joins me in reassuring you, dear Reverend Mother, of our religious and sincere affection in Our Lord,

Sr Jeanne-Marthe Decarpentry

of the Visitation of Holy Mary

Blessed be God!