Brief Hiatus

Anticipate sparse posting for a few days while I make a brief run back home to the City of Bodily Harm.

World Series celebration?

Good guess.  But wrong.

Somebody getting married?

Try again.


Getting warmer.  My mom’s about to snuff it. Maybe a day or two, if she (and we) luck out.  Hospice is already on the job, drugs at the ready.

Happened real quick.  She felt weak, bad, tired, and the nurse at her apartment building looks at her, sees her legs are covered with what looks like bruises.  Blood problem.  Blood, as in klotz.  I mean, clots.

Off to Jefferson Medical Center, where they run a bunch of tests that reveal less than they should.  But after a second and third look, it’s like she has no platelets in her blood, indicating some kind of cancer that has spread to her bone marrow. At 90, she’s a goner because there’s no way she’s going through treatment for that, especially when the primary cancer hasn’t been located.

She’s leaving Jefferson tomorrow, going home for the last time. I’m heading up to say good-bye — assuming she’s coherent — and to deal with the usual End Game antics that make death and dying a living hell for survivors.

Be there Wednesday through Sunday.  Guido will arrive later, t.b.d.

So if you’re in Philly maybe we can rendezvous.  If not, well, wish us all the best.

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14 Responses to Brief Hiatus

  1. gwizzz says:

    Seriously, take care.


  2. CL Jahn says:

    Sorry to hear about your mom, but I hope she’s comfortable for the coming days.

    We lost my step-sister to liver cancer a few years ago; let your mom know that you love her, and that she’ll be OK, and tell her that the family will be ok: that’s important, too.

  3. superbee says:

    Be supported. And support.

  4. Alex says:

    Sorry about your mom, Steve. Take care.

  5. mkhall says:

    Be strong, and know that there are a great many people sending support your way.

  6. Ms Calabaza says:

    So, so sorry . . . Our thoughts and prayers are with you. . . Take care of yourself.


  7. Miami Harold says:

    All the best
    while you endure all the worst.

  8. Lois Terms says:

    The worst of times. Stay strong an we;ll catch up when you’re back.

  9. Agustin Farinas says:

    I found out from Ms.C’s blog about your Mom and I am very sorry to hear those news. My Mom is also in the late 80’s so I live in fear of hearing the same kind of news someday. I hope you can say goodbye and most of all, that she does not suffer. We keep you in our thoughts. Peace.

  10. Kent Standit says:

    Nobody likes to lose a mom. It’s not at all like losing one’s virginity. Done both myself — I think the second caused the first. Stay yourself and everything’s bearable.

  11. One Man's Opinion says:

    Having watched both my parents make the transition I know how hard it is to be in your situation. I know from experience even though you may be feeling helpless & frustrated your being there is a comfort to your mom & the rest of your family. I know you will do your best to maintain a stoic attitude, but know that it’s OK to cry too. Anything you need you know there are a lot of us here for you. Peace & Love!

  12. Ruh Roh says:

    Tough loss, no matter what. I’ll be here when you’re back, fwiw.

  13. Tanya Hyde says:

    Sorry sorry sorry. See if you can find some time to get some sunshine. It doesn’t change anything, but it makes you feel better.

  14. cara says:

    Miss you out in blogland. Hope you’re ok and I’m sorry for your pain.

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