Linda Gayle Mullis, my daughter, 09-27-63 - 12-26-11

by Virginia McKean, Mother
(Mobile, AL)

Gay after she got out of the hospital, June 2011

Gay after she got out of the hospital, June 2011

Gay after she got out of the hospital, June 2011

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Linda Gayle Mullis, my daughter, was a beautiful girl who died from Tylenol poisoning. She had been sick for a year and had been in the hospital 7 times this past year. Each time, it was something different. In October, they found a bleeding ulcer and told her to quit taking Ibuprofen and to start taking Tylenol. She had been given many IV antibiotics over the seven times she was in the hospital and I am told that contributed to her gall bladder problems. They told her they needed to remove her gall bladder, but she was too weak to do it now. She was in intense, chronic pain from a car accident she had been in, scoliosis, and a dysfunctional gall bladder. She went home, started taking Tylenol and Nyquil to help her sleep, not knowing all these drugs have acetaminophen in them and will cause one to die from liver failure if taken too much.... She wanted to feel well enough to decorate the house for Christmas, so she took Tylenol and as she worked around the house, she got sick and vomited, so she took more Tylenol, thinking she had lost it. That happened five times and a couple of days later, she was in liver failure. She died the day after Christmas (12-26-11) after being in the hospital for two days. Gay was such a sweet spirit, never complained and I had no idea that my daughter was dying right under my very nose. She lived with me and the day she was decorating the house, I was working, so I had no idea until I got home and I did not know that she was so sick that day until after she died and someone in the family told me. I have two older daughters and from the day my first daughter was born, I always prayed that I would be spared the heartache of losing a child. I am not sure how to go on, what to do, how to do it, how to feel, what to think, how to try to fill this void and silence in my life....God help me and God bless Gay. My prayers go out also to the other hurting mothers on this site...this is the very worst thing I can imagine happening and I pray I will look upon her again.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
for part of us went with you
the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and thought we cannot see you,
you are always by our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

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Jan 26, 2012
Beautiful Daughter
by: TrishJ

I'm truly so sorry for your loss. How does a mother bury her daughter and go on? I can't even pretend to know what you are going through. All I can do is let you know we are all here on this site to support you. We have all suffered tremendous loss.
I'm sure nothing makes sense to you as you struggle to put your life back together. I wanted nothing to do with putting my life back together after I lost my husband just a little over 1 year ago. The pain was too intense to deal with so I went into my shell for a year. I found myself a widow at the age of 58. All of my friends still have their husbands. WHY ME?
It doesn't make sense but it is God's will. It took me over a year to accept that. I was so angry. I've learned to deal with my loss but still have days.......I have to go on.
God bless you Virginia. I hope you find some joy today. Remember your daughter always. She will be with you in your heart. Watch for the little signs life gives you that she's still around. She's here. She knows how much you miss her. She wants you to be happy. It isn't easy.

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