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Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Here is a picture of my mother [standing] and her twin sister last month on their 94th birthday.

On the morning of June 2nd she suffered a stroke.  After a week in the hospital, where she declined severely, it became clear that there would be no recovery.  On the advice of several doctors, we moved her into a hospice facility for comfort care.

As of now, she is still there, totally unaware and unresponsive.   There are supposed to be 7 stages of grief, but I must have leapfrogged a few.  I got to acceptance very quickly.  But this is still sad and very painful.

This is a beautiful location, and that helps a little bit.

The last three pics are of a great blue heron.  I was very lucky to get him in flight.


Jerry Critter said...

I am very sorry. Please accept my condolences. It is never easy to lose a parent no matter how old they are.

Jazzbumpa said...

Thanks, Jerry.

The Arthurian said...

I'm sorry, Jazz. Looks like she was still doing well on her birthday. Such rapid decline, I know.

Jazzbumpa said...

Thanks, Art.

The stroke, per se, should not have been life threatening, not should it have affected her cognitive abilities.

But she was asleep close to 100% of the time since the stroke, and faded rapidly.

She was pretty frail and had some other health deficiencies. All that and her age were against her.

But two weeks later, she's still hanging on.