My mother was rushed to the ER in Naples, Florida last Wednesday. She is a resident at Lakeside Pavilion in Naples. The DR. there could not get her heart beat stable. So off she went. I got the call on my way home from work. I had just been to the printer to have programs printed for the lecture I was giving on Thursday. I battled awful traffic driving to Naples at the height of the season, something I had promised I would not do this year. The bottom line is that I was in the ER almost all night with mom. My son Craig drove from his home on Pine Island, two hours away, to be with us. Mom was admitted and yet not taken up to her real room until Friday at noon. Nightmare. No beds. Mom kept deteriorating daily. At times she just did not make sense. I told the nurses and doctors that mom was not herself. She’s always been very sharp. Her hearing got so bad that she was almost deaf. They found a blood clot on her lung. And diagnosed her with a lung virus. She just did not have the strength to fight the pneumonia that appeared. Finally, late last night, mom passed at Avow Hospice. I am grateful to the nursing staff at NCH for all the nurturing and loving care they showered on my mom. Six days and nights have taken an emotional toll on me. Even though my mom was 89, and I thought I was prepared, I was not.
We are picturing my mom being welcomed into her new world by her mother and grandmother, and, the host of our family kitties that have gone before her.
I am taking some time off work to recover. I am hoping to be able to read again soon.
We will have a private celebration of life for mom in April. Rest well, mom. Now you can finally breathe easy again.
Photo was taken nine years ago on mom’s 80th BD.
This is how we wish to remember her.