Tag Archives: death and dying

Looking Back Part 2

 Looking Back Part 2  Clips from a summer journal  July 2, 2010 Chemo side-effects: Fatigue Lethargy Bloating Constipation Hiccups throughout day Wednesday evening (11 p.m.) Michael is still constipated.  We drive to CVS to pick-up Milk of Magnesia, Miralex, a … Continue reading

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Looking Back

    Looking Back  During a recent rainy day in Phoenix, I began reading a journal I kept when my husband, Michael, was dealing with esophageal cancer. I remember when he bought me this compact purple cloth book with flowers … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Sunday Morning

THEN Early on in our marriage, Sunday became a day of contention, mainly because my husband, Michael, preferred his cycling pleasures over spending morning hours with me. He’d set the alarm for 8:00 am, slip out of bed and head … Continue reading

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A Study in Morbidity

A Study in Morbidity   The Last Photo My husband died November of 2010, at 2:04 p.m.—one week before Thanksgiving. I know the time because when he took his last breath, for some reason, I glanced up at the clock. … Continue reading

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Looking Back Part II

Looking Back Part II  The beginning of the end Two weeks before my husband was admitted to inpatient hospice, he experienced an increase in bone pain. His daily medications were no longer easing his discomfort. I remember the initial comment … Continue reading

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One Year Later \ November 2011

One Year Later November \ 2011 On a Monday afternoon, November 8, 2010, an ambulance attendant pulled into the circular driveway to bring my husband, Michael, to the Coronado House, an inpatient facility for end-of-life comfort measures. I knew when … Continue reading

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The Unveiling

The Unveiling October 23, 2011 Referring to the “stone” sounds funny. It’s not just a stone, it’s granite, hard, natural, igneous rock essentially formed of quartz. The word ‘granite’ comes from the Latin word which means grain, in reference to … Continue reading

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The Mathematical Equation

August 21, 2011 The Mathematical Equation: X equals the sum total  I made the mistake of typing in 2010, instead of 2011. I hesitated a few seconds before fixing the error. I secretly wished it was August of 2010 and … Continue reading

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Unexpected Treasures

Unexpected Treasures mag·net  (m g n t) n.   An object that is surrounded by a magnetic field and that has the property, either natural or induced, of attracting iron or steel. An electromagnet. A person, a place, an object, … Continue reading

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Crash

Crash   The moment after the initial car crash is what haunts me. It haunts me to the point where I have to write it down, catch the shiver of it, the tremble, the way I suppose everyone within an … Continue reading

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