It's been good to visit with my parents. I'm glad I've been here able to see my mom and to help take care of her in the final days. She did better last night, her breathing was easier and she slept until about 3:00 am. We were up for an hour or so, but then I went back to bed.
Early this morning, my father came to get my wife and I. My mom was insisting she wanted to get out of the hospital bed and my father made her promise that she would wait until he could get us so we could help her up. By the time we got back to their bedroom, she had already climbed out of the bed and was standing up on her own. I'm not sure how she got over the rails on the bed, but she did. She's always been strong willed!
She wanted to walk a bit, which she shouldn't do too much, but my wife and father (pictured above) helped her walk to the living room so she could have a change of scenery. I joked with her that she had "broken out of jail."
Later today I will be heading back to California. My brother Tim will be coming in and then around midnight, my sister Karen will arrive. It's been a bit of a scramble for them to get flights so I'm glad things have worked out.
My mom's been getting lots of cards and emails. And plenty of people have brought over food, for which we are thankful. My parents' friend Marie has been over helping out and she is a saint. My mom said "she'd give you the shirt of her back." This morning when Marie came over my mom had a great big smile.
Today I'll help my dad finalize the funeral arrangements so there's one less thing to worry about later on. It's good to get out of the house once in a while and still be helping.