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[Oct. 1st, 2008|10:32 am]
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Mom's gone.

Yesterday she went off the intubated ventilator (and on to a different one that used a mask), so that she could go home. We'd set up her house with a hospital bed and breathing machines and all the other necessary stuff, and last night she was happier than we'd seen her in a long time. She loved her house, and there was enough room for all of her family to gather without just crowding around the bed.

And then at 1:15 this morning, she just stopped breathing.

I've been trying to sort out my thoughts ever since I learned she was terminally ill, and it's mostly been anger at the injustice and arbitrariness of it.

But there's one thing I'm thankful for. My sister Alice called me on Monday and told me Mom was planning on going off the ventilator, and that the doctors didn't know how long she'd live. Sora and I booked flights that night, arrived yesterday morning, and got to spend several hours with Mom. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't been here.

Anyway, I've got a lot of work to do. This is going to be an interesting week.

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[User Picture]From: kendaer
2008-10-01 05:51 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your loss.
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[User Picture]From: aprivatefox
2008-10-01 05:58 pm (UTC)
If there's anything you need, just ask. Your friends are here for you, and I wish I could do more to help.
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From: dacut
2008-10-01 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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[User Picture]From: kaitou_marina
2008-10-01 05:59 pm (UTC)
I know that feeling of anger, I really do. You have my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: granulac
2008-10-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. Been there, totally understand what you're feeling.

Perhaps it's a small consolation right now that she passed peacefully in her home, but in time this fact will bring your family a lot of comfort. Best wishes to you.
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From: ext_119907
2008-10-01 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Chris. Love to you and Sora.
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[User Picture]From: cochese
2008-10-01 06:47 pm (UTC)
You have my condolences, man.
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[User Picture]From: eslington
2008-10-01 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about that.
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[User Picture]From: nervy_girl
2008-10-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm so sorry, hon. Lots of love to you and Sora, and to your family.
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[User Picture]From: xaandria
2008-10-01 09:11 pm (UTC)
Despite being a writer, I'm horrible at coming up with words at times like this. Please pardon me if I make some sort of faux pas.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

I'm glad that she was able to be in a place of comfort surrounded by family in her last hours.

I'm glad you were able to make it in time.

Anger is a natural reaction, so let it flow so healing can begin.

I wish you and your family a healthy mourning and recovery aided by the fact that she sounded like a wonderful, courageous woman who loved you very much, and would want the lives of those who survived her to be filled with as much joy as possible.

If you or Sora ever need anything, let me know.
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[User Picture]From: voiceofkiki
2008-10-01 09:20 pm (UTC)

Been there too many times. You guys have my number if either of you needs me.

Love to you both.
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[User Picture]From: strand
2008-10-01 09:36 pm (UTC)
My condolences.
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[User Picture]From: inspectorzutto
2008-10-01 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear. Though I am glad you were there with her a little while, and that she was able to see her house again.
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[User Picture]From: neoangelwink
2008-10-01 10:58 pm (UTC)
-__- hug
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