May 18, 2005

These past four weeks have been very difficult for my family and for me.  We took my mother to emergency on the morning of April 25th.  Her heart rate had been as high as 150 all weekend and she finally agreed to go to emergency that morning.  She was admitted to the cardiac unit. 
We have almost lost her twice during this hospital stay and we do not expect her to go home again.  We met with the director of the Palliative care program on Friday. If my mom’s condition improves enough that she is able to go home it will be with this program in place. 
We know that our mom does not have much time left so we are spending as many hours with her as possible.  I stay with her every afternoon from 12:30 to 6:00 PM and then try to go back after 8:30 PM to say goodnight to her.
Thank you to all of you who have been praying for my mom and my family.  I thank God every day that he has given me the strength to be there for my mom.  
Facing the loss of a mother is so incredibly difficult.  For those of you who still have a mother cherish her and spend as much time with her as you can.   

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