Sunday, November 20, 2011

A little before midnight

It's been a sweet day here at the Kudzu Grotto.
The Kudzu wife (KW) slept late on the couch after getting up before dawn to let the pooch out.
A couple of Tylenol PM last evening let her get to bed early.

She needed the rest. For the last week it had been a constant watch over her mother, first in the Ty Cobb Memorial Hospital down in Royston, where she had been found to have pneumonia, low blood sugar, COPD (from 70 years of smoking) and a bowel blockage. Then here in Athens Regional Hosp. for possible surgery, with the decision made on Tuesday to transfer her to St. Mary's Hospice House.

She would likely not have made it through surgery, and if she did, would likely be on a ventilator for what little time was left as well as dialysis due to kidney failure.

Her passing was mostly peaceful. All her children came to see her while she still recognized them, along with mine and the KW's children, her grandchildren, along with four of her great grand children.

Friday afternoon, just after her bath, she took some gasping breaths and passed into that great unknown. She would have been 79 in January. A fruitful life in that she gave birth to four children, eleven grandchildren (I think) and more than 4 great grandchildren. (I can't keep up with the great's)

Born in the depths of the depression ( in the town where the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" was filmed) to poor parents, hers was not an easy life, rather it was filled with it's share of hardships and troubles. But she endured. And while all of her memories may not have been the most pleasant..... they were hers, and ours. And that makes them precious.


Borepatch said...

Kdzu, my condolences to your wife and to you.

Rest in peace.

North said...

I also lost someone this weekend. My condolences to you.

Old NFO said...

Condolences and please know she's gone to a better place.

Jean said...

My sincere sympathy to your wife and all the family.

Paladin said...

Our best to you and the Missus. Hope your holidays are filled with memories of the good.

kdzu said...

Thank you all.

We (and by that I mean especially the Kudzu Wife) are doing well.
Life, after all, does go on, and we either keep floating in the stream or we're dead.

The Kudzu MIL was cremated and each child got a share of the remains. The KW had previously purchased a lovely little urn with a winged angel embracing the whole. It looks very nice and it's as if the MIL is still around, as I believe she is, somewhere.