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February 24th, 2022 – Post #33
Dear Friends and Family,
I just thought I’d put out a brief update. My mom went through one round of MRI guided high beam radiation on Tuesday, and decided not to continue with the four remaining treatments, because her body reacted too severely afterwards.
I feel like there is a stigma in using the “H word”, but I want to say that it is a relief to me that yesterday she decided to put herself under the care of Hospice. They do an amazing job of coordinating care and keeping patients comfortable.
Last night was extremely difficult, due to her pain level, but today we were provided with medications and equipment to try and get her comfortable again. I’m so grateful for how Hospice goes the extra mile to make sure patients and their families are taken care of. I can’t recommend their services enough. My mom is finally comfortable and able to catch up on some much needed sleep.
I guess the stigma with Hospice seems to be that it’s somehow “quitting”, but I prefer to think of it as “finishing well”. I don’t know what day that will be – none of us do. She may outlive us all.
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. I will try to give more details soon. In the meantime, I’m hoping to take a nap – and maybe even brush my teeth. 🙂
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