Last night I wrote this little update and didn't post it until today. It's a difficult thing to write about. It's been some of the more difficult days of both Laurie and my life so far. But I did want to post a few words, at least to let everyone know what's going on.
Yesterday (Friday) morning (it's really hard for me to believe that all of this is within the past 48 hours) Laurie and I got up and got ready to go the hospital. On the way, Laurie's Mom's doctor called. Laurie's Mom, whose name was Geraldine, had had a very bad night and had turned for the much worse. When we got to the hospital, the words were along the lines of "making sure she is comfortable." Her kidneys had completely shut down, her body was filling with toxins, her heart was also failing.
When we got into the room, she was awake for a time and Laurie spoke with her a little.
The rest of the day was both very long and a blur. I probably don't need (or want) to go into a lot of detail, but she went in and out of consciousness, most likely from the strong pain medication, and she passed away slightly before 6pm.
My brother came and we had a small, impromptu psalm and prayer in the hospital chapel followed by many stories from Gerry's life.
Gerry was a big part of my life. A daily part of my life for almost 3 years now as Laurie and I took her a soda and a snack most days. I loved her quite a bit and it's very difficult to think of the life ahead where she is not in this world. She will be missed tremendously.
It's a great comfort to know that she is not suffering anymore. It's also a very difficult loss for everyone involved.
I do also want to say that everyone's kind words, condolences and best wishes really do mean a lot. Every one of them. More than I could have imagined.