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Monday, December 4, 2017

Family vigil

My dear mother-in-law is dying.

Her health has been steadily declining for years, due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and (suspected) Lewy Body Dementia, but the sudden deterioration of her condition has been a shock. We got a call from Gregg's sister Saturday night letting us know she was in ICU and probably not going to live through the night. We jumped in the car and drove the 3 hours to Raleigh, NC, immediately. She's still with us, but hanging by a thread. Her blood pressure is getting lower and lower, and her kidneys and liver are failing. It's a matter of time.

So now the family is keeping vigil at her bedside. Gregg and I were without sleep for over 36 hours until last night. His brother drove up from Florida with his wife yesterday, and his sister and stepfather  haven't left the hospital in three days. Everyone is exhausted, and terribly sad.

Please keep us in your thoughts as we try to make it through these hard days.



16 comments:

  1. You will absolutely be in my thoughts. May there be peace for all.

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  2. There is much love in this family. Peace and light.

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  3. You are all in my heart and my thoughts. So glad you and Gregg aren't alone.

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  4. A tough time for you and Gregg.

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  5. Of course you are in our thoughts, and I am sure - as I do - we wish you and your family all the best for everything that will unfold. X

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  6. How wonderful that you are all there for her. She's surrounded by love and kindness.

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  7. I'm sorry. How kind you all are to be with her as she takes the next step in her journey.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. Standing vigil when a loved one is dying is heartbreaking. May she pass in peace and know that her loved ones are nearby.

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  9. Very sorry to hear this Jennifer. Best wishes to all your family at this horrible time. Cro xx

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  10. The only thing you can really "do" at such a time is being there - for the loved one who is dying, but also for each other. And I am so glad you can actually do this now, without having to fight for time off at your job.

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  11. I hope that peace soon comes for all of you Jennifer.xx

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear it, Jennifer. My thoughts are with you and Gregg.

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  13. Sending love. My thoughts are with you.

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