Thursday, January 31, 2008

Probably the last hospital stay...

We've been in the hospital for the past several days. There was a reoccurrence of the pneumonia along with other infected bacteria in Mother.

The list of things wrong is long at this point and I really don't have the energy to go into all of that right now. Mentally and spiritually, Mother is amazing. Physically, she's tired. Tired of pain, of not being the person she used to be. The latest treatment option had no affect whatsoever. I've had a discussion with the kids that Ganny does not have much time left here. We don't know when, but it will probably be sooner than later. 

The doctor has actually used the term "terminal" stage. Mother knows this and is ready for the life hearafter. We may get to take her home with hospice today or in the next few days. We really are on a day by day basis. I do know that she has six more potholders to crochet and I need to buy the yarn for one of them. At 1 potholder per day, we've got at least 6 days. She is determined to get those things done! :)

I know that you've been keeping us in your prayers and thoughts. Thank you, and please continue to do so. We desperately need them. 

Take care - Me


tlm said...

I would never have wished all of this on your mother (or anyone), but I am so glad to have been granted the privilege of seeing how to best handle this situation. Your mom has shown such tremendous grace in handling everything that has happened to her. I am certain that she has taught me more about dying well than anyone else I have ever known. I also realize that watching you and your mother for the last ten months has helped me deal with Daddy's sudden death. Most importantly, your mother has taught me an extraordinary amount about living. We are ALL going to die one day - some young, some old, some suddenly, and some after a fight. We may or may not have much control over that. But we decide every day how we LIVE the time we have!

My heart is full of love and pain for you... my mother and I went through the sympathy cards she has received just two nights ago. One of them reminded us that the pain of grief when we lose someone is the price we pay for loving them.

cindy said...

You remain in my thoughts and prayers.