Thank you so much guys for all your prayers and your kind words, they are very healing for me.
I think I was not too clear when I posted this, but mom has elected not to have chemo. A lot of the pain and confusion she is experiencing now is due to the thickening of her blood. I am told this is a side effect of the leukemia.
Has your mother sought help from hospice care ?
Mom is under Hospice care. When she started it they thought it would be long-term hospice care. My brother read some of the literature they left him describing the disease process and what they might expect over the next few months. He told me mom declined 4 months (per their literature) in just last week. So we aren’t sure exactly what the timetable is. It may be slow and it may be mercifully fast, that’s in the Lords hands now.
A few months ago when mother was feeling much better we had a discussion about when her mother (my grandmother) passed away. Grandma was in a nursing home and had been there for several months and lapsed into a coma. After about three days in the coma we knew the end was near. My wife and several of my children joined my parents at the nursing home to tell grandma “goodbye.” My older daughters told grandma goodbye and left, but my mom and dad and my youngest son remained in the room. There may have been others there as well, I don’t remember. Mom and I were holding hands with grandma and I said, “Mom, let’s pray.” I don’t remember what I said other than thanking God for grandma and asking God to please take grandma to heaven. I said amen, and I said, “It’s okay grandma you can go home now.”
While mom and I continued to hold her hands grandma took about three more breaths and the last breath she released a long sigh and she was gone. We prayed once again and thanked God for taking her and that we would be able to see her again someday
I told mom that I hoped I could be there and hold her hand when she passes also. She said “I hope so too, I would really like that.”
I don’t know if mom will linger for days or months, God alone knows. I would just like to be there for her at the end to her hands and to pray together one last time.
Thanks again guys for all your prayers. Blessings on you all.