Saturday, July 12, 2014

My Mom/"Grandma" Update

My mom, Ellen Keller, passed away peacefully this evening, with her big sister at her side. 

Mom and I - circa 1981

Mom and I - Thanksgiving 2012

Her second battle with breast cancer began for our family in April of 2012. In the last couple of months her health and strength declined and her condition really deteriorated over the last two weeks. My dad's sister (my Aunt Susie) arrived in Seffner from Indiana on July 4th to stay for a few weeks with Mom and help out. I spent several hours with them last Saturday and helped run errands around town to get some things set up. But Grandma had an especially bad day Sunday and after talking to the on-call physician, Granddaddy and Uncle Daniel went over to help get her loaded up in the car for a trip to Moffitt. She was admitted that night to the ICU with extremely low blood pressure and very low kidney function. Daryl and I arrived at different points on Monday (after he took Parker to summer camp in Leesburg) and my mom's sister and her husband (my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Sparky) came over from Indiana Rocks Beach. The decision was made on Tuesday to move her from aggressive treatment to palliative care. After two days of visiting with family and friends, Mom became unresponsive Tuesday night. Moffitt graciously allowed us to remain there with her instead of moving to a hospice house. We can not say enough good things about the wonderful doctors, nurses and techs who made Mom comfortable and tried to make things easier for our family as we stayed by her side.

We appreciate all the expressions of love we have received so far and are thankful for everyone's support, especially your prayers. Details on a memorial service will be forthcoming shortly.

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