Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Mixed Feelings
Received a phone call yesterday evening from Winchester Hospital. Mike's (hubby) mum is critically ill. Drove down to Winchester today to see what is going on, as Mike's sister can sometimes be a little dramatic (bordering on hysteria, normally). Anyway, besides the Alzheimer's that she has been suffering from, she also suffers with emphesyma. She now has pnueomonia. She hasn't eaten for three days, and the doctors have said they will not resuscitate if she needs it. Due to her alzheimers, she has a fear of anything over her face, so will not allow them to put oxygen mask on her, so they have now decided not to give her oxygen either, as it distresses her too much. Her skin has started to break open and bleed (Im assuming due to lack of fluids), she is taking very very short sharp breaths, her fingertips and lips are blue, and when she coughs she sounds like she is drowning. She is totally disorientated and is asking for her mom (who has been dead 30 years). Good God, we would not allow an animal to go through this. I only pray she will go in her sleep, for her own sake.
I cannot say we have always seen eye to eye. However, I have always respected her as a very intelligent, well travelled, well mannered lady. One of the 'old school' with a military family. Big on etiquette. A little bit prim maybe (compared to me,lol). This is just awful to see her like this, and I know she would be totally horrified herself if she was in her 'right' mind.
Time to make a Living Will, methinks. Bring on Euthanasia for me please.

Left is a picture of Mary (Mike's mum), she is the one in the centre of the piccie. This was taken when she lived in Singapore, 1958. The little blonde fellah, in the right hand corner, is my hubby, no less. lol. (does he look like a little girl, or what!!).pmsl.

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