April 21, 2007
Liza usually takes the photos for this blog. But blame me for the less than perfect quality of the one here.
EC passed at 1:58 am today. Peacefully and quietly with all six children and myself attending. Hospice provided a lovely setting with space and understanding services.
Future blogs might include such topics as: “A Week at your Regional Medical Center” and how Dad used to always say he “didn’t care much for hospitals… filled with sick people.” Or maybe one called “Great Nurses” that honors skilled health care providers, then another called “When Good Nurses are Over Worked and Under Trained”.
I’m definitely going to write about dying with dignity and without it. I may blog about the patients we saw without any family or friends by their bedsides. I should blog about how having an advocate in attendance is mandatory in hospitals today. Or a blog about the generally broken health care system and my frustration at not knowing what to do about it.
I could blog and blog and blog about missing EC and Dad. I could blog about the gut wrenching pain of loosing loved ones. But for today… I will not. I will just say Goodbye EC.
April 20, 2007
Instead of going to rehab, today E.C. is being moved to hospice. The second stroke was devastating to her already frail body. She can not see or speak but she is a fighter and just not quite ready to leave us yet.
All six children are by her side and trying hard to help her passing to be comfortable, preserving her dignity as much as possible.
I will be taking my own mother’s love food to hospice this afternoon. Good southern woman… thanks Mom.
Thanks to all who have called, commented or e-mailed. Wishing Liza and EC peace as they begin their “Starting Over”.
April 19, 2007
To all of you who are keeping up with our family emergency… EC had a second stroke (in a week) last night and is not expected to recover. Liza’s brothers from Ft. Collins, Denver and Fayetteville are in the air now on their way here. Her sisters are already here and with her. Baby sister flew in from NH this morning.
I will wrap Liza in the good wishes from you all. As for me, A.D.D. I am just numb. Today is 10 months since Dad passed. We will make it through this sadness somehow I know. We will just be Starting Over one more time.
April 14, 2007
Liza’s mom is stabalized now. Still having a hard time speaking and her right arm is pretty much useless. We are all hoping stroke rehab will help with these things and that she continues to get stronger. Ninety some pounds… she hasn’t alot of getting sick room.
Liza sends “Best” to all of you. I am going to take her camera to her this morning (she spent last night in chair by her mother’s bed) just in case she gets the notion to click. I am passing on your good wishes as the e-mails and phone calls come.
It is just so hard to see our parents age and leave us. They are our oldest and dearest friends, and impossible to replace.
April 7, 2007
Liza finds machinery interesting. Today she found this image at a local construction site.
A.D.D. (see First Exposure), Liza is helping me see again. Helping me to want to see again. She is helping me open my eyes once more to the striking beauty of the most mundane things. She brings home the images and challenges me to find the art. I love this little creative game we play.
April 2, 2007
Our small town is enjoying a rebirth, having “bottomed out” as have so many downtowns across our nation. It is starting a new life with the renovations of historically significant buildings, new shops and loft conversions.
We wanted to be a part of this restoration so we purchased a two story brick building on a side street only a few storefronts from the main street of town. Two storefronts downstairs and a roomy upstairs city home made for the perfect arrangement for us. For now.
Last night Liza was prawling around the neighborhood when she noticed this urban moon peaking between two city buildings. Oh Liza!
April 2, 2007
I know it is too early for Spring Fever… just a balmy East Tennessee seasonal tease. By the week-end, Johnny Wood (local TV guy) says it’s going to be freezing again.
But today is warm and sunny. Showy red and yellow tullips have sprung up in beds around our downtown building that I did not know existed.
As the roller coaster weather continues so does my life A.D.D. But Springtime sights like the cherry trees above sure can boost the happy meter. These beauties grow on either side of my C & D’s front porch and also dot the landscape all over our town.
Happy Spring. Enjoy while it lasts!