Monday, January 20, 2014


Believe it or not Mom is still with us. I think we all underestimated how strong she really is. Every week the Hospice Aide visits her and tells us and the caregivers "She only has a few days—I will most likely not see you next week". Shawn has always said "she has no idea who she is dealing with. This is Virginia you know!" I guess he's right.

-Today she is on day 5 of NO WATER (we are using swobs to keep her mouth moist)
-She made it 31 days with just a few teaspoons full of water every day (no food)
-And we are at day 56 (of being given "hours/days/weeks" to live)

All these stats could really make for an interesting info-graphic on pinterest, but chances are, most people would not find death that entertaining. Actually I am not finding it that entertaining either. In fact, I am OVER IT to be blunt. I do not mean any disrespect when I say this. This blog is all about the truth of the journey and I feel like I have a ticket to Siberia and the flight keeps getting cancelled. I keep packing and showing up at the airport every day and I never board the plane.

Today after virtually many days of complete non responsiveness — I took her hand and placed it on my heart. At the same time I placed my hand on her heart. I said "Mom, feel our hearts beating. This is the love we will forever share. Go. Be free. Drive. Dance. Eat. Laugh. Travel to heaven today and enjoy your next journey". Out of complete solitude she arched her back and loudly belted out "My heart is beating!". Yes it is. Thanks for sharing Mom...

No matter how many blogs and research I read on the subject, we are seeing something that very little people ever see. I hope the plane arrives soon.


  1. Photo of the month March: Lake Baikal, Siberia. Photo by: Alexei Trofimov

  2. I'm at a loss for words except to say, tell her what she's meant to you, if you haven't already. May she find peace soon. xo