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beware deathwatch was posted 12/30/1999 03:59 pm by t.r.
E-mail Address: trcori@go.com

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Just a warning for you & your dad. Expecting the last breath at any time, and fearing you won't be around for it, can LITERALLY drive you crazy. My mom went into the hospice in May with a prognosis of "a few days" and wound up living a MONTH ... she would be out of it for hours and hours and we'd think "this is it," then, she would suddenly wake up and be very alert ... my brother came from out of town and stayed 2 weeks and finally had to leave ... I then moved into the hospice room, even worked via laptop ... but the strain of one month of deathwatch just got to be so horrible, we had to pull back toward the end ... when she went into a coma the last couple days, we visited for an hour morning & night ... she died an hour after we left in the evening the second night ... and I don't feel guilty at all for not being there ... some people actually wait till their loved ones are gone before letting go ... make sure your dad knows that if your mom goes while you're not there, IT'S OKAY AND MAYBE WAS INTENDED THAT WAY ... good luck & God bless .. t.r., daughter of Judi R., gone 6/4/99 after 8 months of fighting

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