Missing Mom

Thursday, 2 Dec 2004 | Family

Tomorrow, December 3rd, is my mother's birthday. It was one year ago on her birthday that she fell down and went into a coma for exactly 100 days. It's been less than a year since I lost her, but I was telling Toni the other day that it feels more like two or three years that she has been gone. It's still hard remembering how I never got to talk to her after her fall. Actually, I talked to her a lot at the hospital, but she never was able to answer me. They say that people in a coma can hear you when you speak to them. I don't know if that's true, but I talked to her just in case it was.

I remember last Christmas, visiting her at the hospital. My dad had bought her a tennis bracelet that she had been wanting. He brought it to the hospital and put it on her wrist while we visited. He was hopeful that she'd awaken soon to enjoy it, but it never came to pass. It was so hard on us, the way she went, but it was good for her. She wasn't aware of what was happening and didn't suffer.

I talked to her the evening of her birthday just before her fall. She was a little sick and her voice was a bit hoarse, but she was in a very good mood. I remember her telling me how happy she was because Erin had sent her flowers. She loved Erin so much. So, up to the fall, she was having a wonderful birthday. I miss her so much still, but I am so glad that she had become a Christian and is now in heaven.

Last Thanksgiving, we celebrated my mom's birthday after dinner. I gave her a sentimental card and it moved her to tears. She said she was so happy. I'm so glad that I had a chance to bring that joy into her life.

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