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Hom3r 30-09-2020 11:53

Nightmare of a night
 
My mum finally came home from the care home on Monday, she had a light lunch , but later in the day she couldn't keep stuff down, we put this down to the fact she was home and in all what was going on she would settle.

I slept on the sofa as she was paralysed and needed moving, I was up at 1:30am, 3:30am and 5:30 to mover her.

On Tuesday she didn't look good so I called 111 in late afternoon, while waiting for the next level to call me back my mum was just sitting there not responding to me, even when I pinched her ear. so calling 999 they help me keep calm while throwing the covers on the floor to lay her flat, then the paramedics turned up and she started to respond, but she was dehydrated and they took her in, but because of Coronavirus we weren't allowed to go.

My sister called several times and she seemed to be answering their questions.

I went to bed at 10pm as I had only 5 hours sleep the night before, I got a call at 11:30pm and gave the Dr some back history on her.

Then at 1:54 am I got call to say she had stopped responding to treatment and we should get there, my dad couldn't face it so I went with my sister, and stayed with her.

She died at 3:15 am.

papa smurf 30-09-2020 12:02

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Sorry for your loss sounds like you did everything you could possibly do,take care of yourself.

Damien 30-09-2020 12:06

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So sorry Homer :(

Hugh 30-09-2020 12:27

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Sorry for your loss - as Papa says, please taken care of yourself.

joglynne 30-09-2020 12:55

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Oh Hom3r I am so sorry. You were a wonderful Son and did everything in your power to make her comfortable. Take care of yourself sweetie. xxx

Mr K 30-09-2020 12:57

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Sorry for your loss.

Try and make some time for yourself in the next few days e.g. get out for walks and some 'me' time. Helped me through a similar time.

Chris 30-09-2020 13:04

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I'm really sorry to hear this.

You're going to feel pretty rotten for a while, especially dealing with the funeral under present restrictions. But it will pass. In time the pain will fade and happier memories will come to the fore. Even as you remember your mum at the very end, choose to remember that you were able to care for her at the very end. Every time you woke in the night was one more chance for you to spend time with your mum and do something for her. It will be hard to see it in those terms for a while yet. Don't force it. But peace will come.

I'm one of those that prays, so I will.

mrmistoffelees 30-09-2020 13:20

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So sorry for your loss, as others have said, please look after yourself and your family at this terrible time.

Maggy 30-09-2020 13:25

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Sorry for your loss. take care of your father, he will need all your support.

Ken W 30-09-2020 13:36

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Very sorry for your loss

1andrew1 30-09-2020 13:53

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Very sorry to hear this news.

Look after yourself and don't feel guilty about taking time out from all the inevitable tasks that arise in such situations for yourself.

jfman 30-09-2020 13:55

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Oh no. I'm so sorry, Homer.

Sephiroth 30-09-2020 14:08

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Sincerely echo all the condolences you've received, Hom3r.

pip08456 30-09-2020 14:11

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Sorry for your loss Homer. She'll always be with you though.

heero_yuy 30-09-2020 14:21

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Sorry to hear of your loss Hom3r. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Be strong.

Inactive Digital 30-09-2020 14:30

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I'm really sorry to hear of your loss Homer. Take care.

Grimpy 30-09-2020 14:31

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Sorry to hear this, RIP.

GrimUpNorth 30-09-2020 14:43

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Sorry to hear the sad news, it's been a pretty crap six months for you. As others have said it does get easier but remember it's OK to not be OK and there are people out there (and here) who are there to help if you need it. All have to do is ask.

Julian 30-09-2020 15:25

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So sorry to hear this Homer.

Sincere condolences to you and your family.

Mad Max 30-09-2020 16:19

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Oh man, what a shame, really sorry for your loss, Homer, may she rest in peace.

Paul 30-09-2020 16:35

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Sad news. RIP :(

Hom3r 30-09-2020 17:46

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Thank you for your words.

I've just been told that Cause of Death was "sepsis & aspiration pneumonia".

She didn't appear to be suffering, and she just stopped breathing

Taf 30-09-2020 19:58

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So sad to hear this.

Jimmy-J 30-09-2020 20:32

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Sorry for your loss Hom3r. Take care of yourself.

OLD BOY 30-09-2020 20:55

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So sad to hear your news, Hom3r. We are all thinking of you, as you can see. ^^^

RichardCoulter 01-10-2020 00:34

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Originally Posted by Hom3r (Post 36052160)
Thank you for your words.

I've just been told that Cause of Death was "sepsis & aspiration pneumonia".

She didn't appear to be suffering, and she just stopped breathing

I've had pneumonia, but i'm not sure what aspiration pneumonia is though. I can't help but wonder if Covid has anything to do with this (they're now talking about people who have 'long form covid'), if not it certainty won't have helped her lungs.

It's good that she didn't appear to be suffering and I too will say a prayer for your mum to ask that she passes on to the next stage without fear or confusion. God bless you & your family Hom3r.

alanbjames 01-10-2020 04:44

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So sorry for your loss mate :-(

Dude111 01-10-2020 08:03

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Originally Posted by Hom3r

Then at 1:54 am I got call to say she had stopped responding to treatment and we should get there, my dad couldn't face it so I went with my sister, and stayed with her.

She died at 3:15 am.

I am so sorry for your loss :(

Kursk 01-10-2020 11:06

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I am so sorry to hear your sad news. Remember your mum in her good times. The pride she has in her family and the unselfishness of being a good mother. We learn from our parents all our lives, even as they leave us.

God bless you and your family. Stay strong and healthy in honour of your mum and for all those around you.

Hom3r 01-10-2020 21:27

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My dad if finding to much to handle, so my sister and I will do as much as we can and involving our dad as needed.

We will possible sort out a plot on our own and if possible near roses as that is her middle name. Also the possibility a Rosewood coffin, depending on cost as she would what to spend silly money.

I have good moment and bad, I start to talk about thinks and start to quiver.

pip08456 01-10-2020 21:54

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Originally Posted by Hom3r (Post 36052275)
My dad if finding to much to handle, so my sister and I will do as much as we can and involving our dad as needed.

We will possible sort out a plot on our own and if possible near roses as that is her middle name. Also the possibility a Rosewood coffin, depending on cost as she would what to spend silly money.

I have good moment and bad, I start to talk about thinks and start to quiver.

I'm not surprised your father is having a hard time , he has lost a partner of many years just as you and your sister have lost a mother. It is a difficult time for all of you more so when it comes to making the funeral arrangements as that suggests a moment of finality.

The next week or so is going to be especially difficult as all these details have to be sorted out. Inside you are going to be hurting like hell but outside you have to appear to be strong to support you father, sister and the rest of the family.

Once everything is resolved make sure you take the time to mourn in whatever way is best for you. We are all different in how we that but we all need to.

Hom3r 01-10-2020 23:11

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Thanks for the messages guys, my mum and dad where married for 54 years, this year was only the second anniversary they did go for a meal, but I was able to take him and sit outside with her.

Hom3r 15-10-2020 15:10

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On Tuesday the 13th of October we laid my mum to rest, my sister and I chose a lovely spot which is a double plot so when my dad's time comes he will join her.

But because of coronavirus restrictions, only 30 people are allowed, but do to some family having to shield, self isolate or just getting back from furlough only 16 people attended.

My dad, myself, sister, brother in-law, nephew & niece left form my hose to the cemetery in the limo, after we had a drink.

The woman doing the funeral (not a minister) read what my dad, myself, sister, aunt & uncle had written, but my niece got through her tears and read her message with her brother holding her hand.

There was one light bit and that was playing the Elvis song, Are you lonesome tonight - the laughing version, which people did enjoy.

After this all 16 of us stood at at the graveside, and in typical funeral weather it as raining and the ground getting muddy, but that didn't matter as we through 6 red roses on her coffin.

The guys driving out limo were excellent and help my dad walk from the car to the grave side and stand as he through his rose in, he even gave his umbrella to my dad to keep dry as he got wet.

Afterward we chatted briefly to family and then the 6 of us came back home and had a cuppa, later we had a huge Chinese meal and more drinks, and chatted about our mum.

So my sister's family had to get 2 cabs home because cabs cannot have people in the front.

I get some moment were I feel teary.

We have said to family that coronavirus permitting we will have a family get together close to her birthday next August.

jfman 15-10-2020 16:22

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Wishing you well Hom3r.

denphone 15-10-2020 16:30

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l can only echo those same thoughts as my thoughts are with you Hom3r.

Mick 15-10-2020 16:37

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Sorry for your loss, Hom3r and I share others compassionate wishes.

Maggy 15-10-2020 17:29

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Sending you a virtual :ghugs: Take care of your father he will really need your support.

joglynne 15-10-2020 19:12

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Another virtual hug from me Hom3r. If you need us you know you have friends on CF who are here to have a quiet chat if you need us.

Jo xx

heero_yuy 15-10-2020 19:28

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Glad everybody who could attend were able to. Our thoughts are with you.

Hom3r 18-01-2021 18:21

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A follow up to this.

If things can't get any worse.

The other day my dad had problems with the TiVo remote as he couldn't remember what to press and as he was stress he couldn't get his words out, but he calmed down and was OK.

On Wednesday my sister was talking to him and his speech started to stutter (He had a stutter when he met my mum, but she managed to get him to control it) so my sister said to call 999, which I did, they turned up and did the stroke tests but this didn't seem to be the case, they managed to speak to our GP and arranged for a District Nurse to come and take bloods.


She arrived at 10:30 and did the bloods, just before 6pm I had just taken some baguettes out of the oven when the Dr called and said one of the tests was positive for a clot, and we should go to A&E straight away.

So sitting in A&E waiting (While there a guy was bought in who clearly had Covid-19, but was whisked away).

A doctor saw us, and he believes my dad had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke", which based on the stress in the last year I'm not surprised, he said that an appointment will be made for us to go to Romford's Queens hospital for a scan and gave us some Aspirin to help, we didn't get home until midnight.

So now we play the waiting game.

joglynne 18-01-2021 18:35

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Oh sweetie I am so sorry to hear your news. You and your family have not had an easy time. Sending you all virtual hugs. xx

jonbxx 18-01-2021 19:35

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Sorry for your loss. We wish you the best in these tough times

TheDaddy 18-01-2021 21:21

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Hom3r (Post 36067089)
A follow up to this.

If things can't get any worse.

The other day my dad had problems with the TiVo remote as he couldn't remember what to press and as he was stress he couldn't get his words out, but he calmed down and was OK.

On Wednesday my sister was talking to him and his speech started to stutter (He had a stutter when he met my mum, but she managed to get him to control it) so my sister said to call 999, which I did, they turned up and did the stroke tests but this didn't seem to be the case, they managed to speak to our GP and arranged for a District Nurse to come and take bloods.


She arrived at 10:30 and did the bloods, just before 6pm I had just taken some baguettes out of the oven when the Dr called and said one of the tests was positive for a clot, and we should go to A&E straight away.

So sitting in A&E waiting (While there a guy was bought in who clearly had Covid-19, but was whisked away).

A doctor saw us, and he believes my dad had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke", which based on the stress in the last year I'm not surprised, he said that an appointment will be made for us to go to Romford's Queens hospital for a scan and gave us some Aspirin to help, we didn't get home until midnight.

So now we play the waiting game.

Bad luck with Queens... :(

Hope it all goes well though :tu:

Halcyon 19-01-2021 09:24

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Really sorry for your loss Hom3r. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Take care.

denphone 19-01-2021 09:27

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l can only echo the same sentiments to Hom3r as all the other posters here.

Mr K 19-01-2021 10:16

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Hom3r (Post 36067089)
A follow up to this.

If things can't get any worse.

The other day my dad had problems with the TiVo remote as he couldn't remember what to press and as he was stress he couldn't get his words out, but he calmed down and was OK.

On Wednesday my sister was talking to him and his speech started to stutter (He had a stutter when he met my mum, but she managed to get him to control it) so my sister said to call 999, which I did, they turned up and did the stroke tests but this didn't seem to be the case, they managed to speak to our GP and arranged for a District Nurse to come and take bloods.


She arrived at 10:30 and did the bloods, just before 6pm I had just taken some baguettes out of the oven when the Dr called and said one of the tests was positive for a clot, and we should go to A&E straight away.

So sitting in A&E waiting (While there a guy was bought in who clearly had Covid-19, but was whisked away).

A doctor saw us, and he believes my dad had a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or "mini stroke", which based on the stress in the last year I'm not surprised, he said that an appointment will be made for us to go to Romford's Queens hospital for a scan and gave us some Aspirin to help, we didn't get home until midnight.

So now we play the waiting game.

Hope everything is ok. Fwiw my Mother has had a few TIAs, effects were temporary in her case and she seems to recover from them. Hard to really tell as she has dementia anyway.

Chris 19-01-2021 10:34

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So sorry to hear this latest news Hom3r. My mum had a TIA a few years ago. As it comes under the general heading of “stroke” the hospital should take it very seriously with tests and a treatment plan. Doubtless they’re busy with Covid related stuff but keep in mind that they should be staying on top of this to reduce the risk of it happening again, so keep asking the questions. Also, as TIAs are not normally a one off, you will have to make sure someone is checking in on your dad once he’s home just to make sure all is ok.

Maggy 19-01-2021 10:51

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:ghugs:

Hom3r 19-01-2021 11:33

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Originally Posted by Chris (Post 36067135)
So sorry to hear this latest news Hom3r. My mum had a TIA a few years ago. As it comes under the general heading of “stroke” the hospital should take it very seriously with tests and a treatment plan. Doubtless they’re busy with Covid related stuff but keep in mind that they should be staying on top of this to reduce the risk of it happening again, so keep asking the questions. Also, as TIAs are not normally a one off, you will have to make sure someone is checking in on your dad once he’s home just to make sure all is ok.


I live at home and do all the cooking etc.


As you say Covid is a nightmare as our support is not allowed near us (AKA sister and co), which I cannot wait to get back.


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