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I know it's a day early but I'll probably be too busy to post tomorrow.

First thing is it's completion day for my late Mum's house. By 1pm, it will no longer be my responsibility, phew! It's taken just a year from the month she died and two years from the month Dad died. Saying our last goodbye today when we go to take the final meter readings.

Second thing is I'm going to York tomorrow!!! Not seen my girlie since Christmas. We have tickets to see 'Wonderland' at The Grand Opera House on Saturday. Also having breakfast with Mark and Darcie on Saturday morning. It'll be nice to catch up :)

I'm staying there till Sunday so it'll be a nice break. The husband has promised that we'll spend a few days in The Lakes at our honeymoon hotel, now the house sale is complete. I'm looking forward to a relaxing time and possibly finding a remote area for a huge primal scream!


Mar. 1st, 2016 07:33 pm
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Mum died at 11am this morning. The decline was rapid. Last week we were talking about getting her home to die, by Thursday we knew we wouldn't disturb her.

She was a strong-minded woman and had made lists of things to do and bequests to individuals. Dad died on 13th March last year. It's the end of an era.

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Feb. 16th, 2016 12:05 pm
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Mum was taken into hospital last Thursday. Her leg has been improving but she has been complaining about aches in her back, which we put down to inactivity. However, The we were concerned that Mum had lost her appetite, slept a lot, looked very pale and felt cold, despite the central heating up high enough to mimic a tropical palm house! The GP came on Thursday morning and she gave Mum a thorough examination and said she'd prefer it if Mum went into hospital for further tests. Surprisingly, Mum agreed. She has only been to stay in hospital four times: appendix at 14 and to give birth to 3 of the 5 of us, the last time being almost 40 years ago.

Yesterday, she had an MRI scan, which we think was to investigate her bones. We won't have results until Wed or Thurs.

Her appetite has improved and she's chattering like the Mum we know but she still feels cold, again despite sweltering hospital heat and layers of clothes and fleecy blankets. She's still sleeping a lot as well.

Her favourite aunt, Kathleen, died young from bone cancer so we're holding our breaths.
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Some of you know that my Mum (83) hurt her leg somehow in early December. The doctor said it's muscular (bursitis), took x-rays to check and told her to rest it. She struggled around the house with a walking stick and my sister moved in to help her. She spent Christmas being pampered by my brother at his house for a week then returned home. She has a fold-up bed downstairs and also a wet-room on the ground floor so she doesn't have to climb stairs. My brother bought her a walking frame from Argos! Best present ever. At last she could move about, albeit slowly. My sister stayed with her for the first week in January, then I took over last week. Progress is slow but happening. She was talking to me one last week then we both spotted that she had crossed her legs without realising! Getting in and out of bed doesn't involve acrobatics anymore, which gives her a chance to sleep properly. A side-effect of the inactivity has been fluid retention in her ankles but this seems to be reducing, as well.

The point of all this is to explain why I've been quiet online recently. I did get an iPad from Jenn and the men for Christmas and I'm having fun playing with that but it's nowhere near as good as a proper keyboard for writing at length :) An amazing app for identifying celestial bodies is 'SkyView Free' and I've completed the glorious 'The Room' and am most of the way through 'The Room 2' :D

Having two days off then returning to Mum's on Sunday for a few days. She only needs us now to make her meals because she finds it difficult to manoeuvre round the kitchen to cook for herself. Hopefully, she'll be completely mobile in the next couple of weeks.


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