(Warning: Going on little sleep, so this post might not make a lot of sense..)
I just wanted to thank everyone for their stories and encouragement, sorry I never got around to it until now. Unfortunately my mom passed away peacefully in her sleep last night and there have been a few more miracles worth mentioning!
A week ago my mother slipped into a coma and they didn't expect her to make it to the morning. The doctors thought the cancer spread to the vitals and it was shutting everything down. We had the "last rights" where the priests come and they do their thing. It was extremely heartbreaking, but to our amazement about 10 hours later my mom woke up! The doctors were shocked and a few of the nurses were crying, it was something to see.
Over the weekend we had my moms 61st birthday party since all of her family was in town. The doctors were so happy that she pulled through the coma to experience it, but her health was starting to deteriorate again and we were told she would only have a few days to live, if we're lucky.
On a side-note my sister was pregnant and she was not expecting the baby until the 2nd week of May. I wanted nothing more than for my mom to see and hold the baby, and I'm happy to say it happened! On April 26th my sisters "plug" went and then her water went on April 27th around 4am. She ended up having the baby around 6am.
April 27 is my mom's actual birthday which made the whole event even more surreal and after a lot of politics between the children's hospital and my moms hospital they agreed to bring the baby over to see my mom. The baby wasn't even 4 HOURS old and they made this huge exception against their protocol so that my mom could see it. It was the most amazing thing ever to see the look on my moms face once the baby was brought into her room and she even got to hold it! (Pictures will be forthcoming.)
Later that night my mom started to slip back into a coma, and she remained there until last night. Her breathing was extremely shallow and filled with fluid, so it sounded like she was basically drowning with a loud gurgling noise. It was easily the most heartbreaking thing to see through, just spending hours waiting for someone to die.
There was a lot of heartache here, but given all the miracles that happened with the baby being born early - on my mom's birthday - and my mom beating the odds, us being told she wouldn't make it through the night on at least 3 or 4 occasions... I feel extremely fortunate to have it end this way. I'll take my mom at 61 where I got to tell her everything I wanted to, then suddenly lose her at 75 in a horrific car accident if that makes sense.
Just got back from the funeral home where we had to make arrangements and what not. My mom has HUNDREDS of cards, she was extremely loved and well known so we're having a huge service. I can't believe I'm actually happy this is over and she's no longer suffering. Sigh!
RIP Mom (Rhoda Cabrini - April 27, 1949 to April 28, 2010.) I love you. <3