Saturday, February 09, 2008

I've been gone for too long


I haven't posted in a while. Last month Mom really deteriorated and we had to bring in Hospice. Both the nursing home and hospice were fantastic. Mom passed away last week. My brother made it in time to say goodbye- many claim that even when unconscious, patients are able to hear when spoken too. She died the day after he arrived. He was able to help me begin sorting out her things, as I had never emptied her little apartment in my lower level. The majority of that remains to be done. Thanks to hospice, her passing was peaceful. The picture is of Mom last fall, just after arriving in the home, hamming it up!

Meanwhile, my youngest has been fighting that MRSA thing. His sinuses were infected and unable to shed the infection, so yesterday he had surgery for that. The surgery went well, although it took about twice as long as the doctor expected. He must remain quiet for several days, not bending over or doing anything that will raise his blood pressure. He is not too uncomfortable, which is a blessing. Would you believe that last night was the first time in weeks that I have slept through until morning? I'm beat.

Today while the house was quiet with son and dh napping, I finally got to do something sewing related. I did some online lessons in digitizing for my new embroidery machine, and also worked on some quilting designs for my midarm--whenever I get back up to the sewing room. I have several things on my short term to do list: make some FAPs for a birthday exchange, make something for a friend's soon to arrive grandchild, finish the top for my son's quilt. I'm sure that I have forgotten something, but I hope to have something sewn up and ready to show soon.

12 comments:

tami said...

I'm really sorry to hear about your mom.

McIrish Annie said...

Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. My Dad was in hospice before he died. They were wonderful. It takes special people to handle this type of job.

The Calico Quilter said...

I'd like to extend my sincere sympathy for your loss. I am glad to hear that hospice was available to help attend to your mother's needs and give you support.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Even when the loss is expected and anticipated - it is not an easy thing. I am sorry, loosing a Mom is so hard. Glad to hear that she was in good surroundings with loved ones and people who took good care of her.

Hugs,

Evelyn

Screen Door said...

My heart goes out to you Gail--You never want to lose you Mom.

jillquilts said...

Gail, I am very sorry for your loss! I am glad that you and your brother were able to spend time with her at the end. {{HUGS}} to you!

Sweet P said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I hope you find peace in her passing.

I hope your son is doing better soon.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Tho Mothers cannot ever be replaced, you have memories that will last forever. Thoughts with you at this time.

Hugs.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry to read about the loss of your mother.

Patti said...

Sending my condolences on your loss. I'm so glad her passing was peaceful.

Suze said...

You have really had a time of it lately.

So sad to hear about your mother.

Glad that Dear Son is on the mend.

Bingo~Bonnie said...

Gail, I am so happy for you and your family that you were able to be there with your mom in her passing. I was 24 when I lost my mom in 1999 and at that time I lived 8.5 hours from home. Although I did get to visit her several times during her 8 month battle of cancer, I will always regret not "being there" when she passed.

Thankfully we have our memories to hold on to when we can no longer hold on to our loved ones. :)

Love from Texas!! ~bonnie