Sunday, December 26, 2010
Do you ever feel like you are on a carousel and life is going pass at a terrific speed?
I just got a call a little bit ago that my cousin, who has been battling cancer, just died.
I now worry about any relative who has health problems. I'll be sure to take better care of my husband.
Take care and love your family and friends, you never know what tomorrow will bring.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We got the call about 1:00 this morning (12/22), that mom passed. I so wanted to be there, but they said she wasn't alone.
I guess she wanted to be with dad for Christmas. She has her own teeth now, no hammer toes or arthritis. She thinner and happy.
I wanted to ask her if she wanted to have a service. Some people don't. I don't want any family members to think bad of my arrangements if I don't hold a service. We would have a viewing.
None of her pastors are around. They sold her church, which didn't have hardly any members left.
We have to have her shipped to Ohio.
I so wished I had thought of asking her these questions earlier on before she even went into the hospital. Then it would her decision.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sorry I haven't been able to update earlier. We had mom moved to the Hospice House yesterday. She was still throwing up so I spent last night there. At the nursing home they said she probably had 2-weeks, which is why we decided to put her in the hospice house.
Talking with the doctor before leaving tonight, he said he thought she had a good chance of making it through the night. I asked him what happened to the 2-weeks?! He said part of it was spent at the nursing home. The blue book explains the levels of decline...months out..weeks out...days & hours.
The nurses and doctor said they wanted me to go home and get some sleep, that we'll have a lot ahead of us.
Mom has been unresponsive most of last night and today. A few times at last night she called my name when she had to throw up. I held the pan for her.
Now she sounds like she has to clear her throat, which sounds terrible, but the doctor said she is breathing fine. They put patches behind her ears for the congestion or whatever it is. Also, she has a port in her arm so they can administer morphine. They gave her morphine suppositories yesterday and today.
We'll have to make a trip up north (Ohio), as that is where she'll be buried.
She went into the hospital Thanksgiving morning, I never dreamed she wouldn't be coming home.
Don't take your loved ones for granted. Hug them, kiss them and cherish them, because you never know. Don't do or don't forget to do something that you will regret later.
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