Lost my Mum after a short illness
My Mum, battled with ill Heath problems all her life. She shouldn't have had children, but did anyway. Kidney problems as a young child (surgery at 9), unhappy first marrage, catteracts (at 40) multiple aneurysms. She nearly died having my younger brother (at 22), and when her first aneurysm needed emergency surgery (she was 53).
Always there for others, it seems cruel the way she's gone. Mini stroke, followed by another one hours after discharge from hospital. She was unable to talk, and paralysed down her right side. A few days later, ten hours after being moved to a specialist stoke unit, she had her third stoke.
I've been in nursing for 17 years, I've never known such a dramatic end to a persons life. Seven short heartbreaking days. To watch a beautiful, intelligent 62 year old woman leave this world. I had to prepare everyone, call family, watch her slip away, organise the funeral and carry out her wishes.
I haven't had time to grieve. There were problems organising the service. A family member has put their request in early for a piece of jewellery! I'm scared I won't be able to carry out all my mothers wishes. Frightened for my step-dad, and how he will be after I have to leave, to go back to the city where I live now.
My only solace is that finally, she is free of the illnesses which dogged her life. I new she'd go quick. I thought it would be one of the aneurysms - not a series of strokes.
Goodbye Mum! Thank you for being the best mother in the world. Teaching me how to treat everyone as equals no matter there creed, religion or sexual preference. For showing me how to have compassion, selflessness, plus another hundred ways to being good to this world.