I'll be over at the TechRanch in Bozeman today at about 11 a.m. and then we'll be going out to lunch with a bunch of geeks from Montana State University. It'll be nice to get a break from taking care of mom.
My brothers and I have decided to go back to our lives tomorrow. My mom is in good hands with her sister and the hospice. She has said goodbye and is resting comfortably. She's getting weaker and is awake less often now.
I think this will be the last time I'll write about my mom. I've said my goodbyes. Now we're just waiting for the inevitable. Yesterday the doctor came over and checked one last time for any improvement in neurologic condition. A speech therapist also visited to see if mom was able to drink on her own. She wasn't. I already knew this. I had tried to give my mom some water and she wouldn't even open her mouth. There wasn't much good news from the doctor who basically said "I'm sorry."
Certainly not enough to consider torturing my mom with feeding tubes and surgeries (she still has a major heart condition which is what dragged her into the hospital in the first place) and other life support that she told us specifically that she did not want if she were in such a situation.
So, another chapter of our lives closes and a fresh page appears before us. Thanks momma for helping us write that chapter of our lives!
If you'd like to come to lunch, call me on my cell phone at 425-205-1921. Thanks!