There are many things I never thought I'd do, and this is one of them: counsel someone about end-of-life care for a family member over Facebook chat.
I offered a phone call, but she was sitting at the hospital and didn't want anyone to overhear. So we typed back and forth in the little Facebook window about IV fluids and nutrition and fluid overload and oxygen saturation and how you tell someone you love that it's OK to let go.
It was really frustrating not to be able to hear her voice, and I realized how much I rely on my own voice - and how much I prefer to have these conversations in person, where I can use touch and eye contact to convey my concern. Tonight it took a lot more words to say the same thing.
What a brave new world it is, indeed.