I will not be updating this site for a while, because I shall have little or no inclination to drone on about current events for the next few weeks.
Last week I had to take my mother into hospital to be looked at, over the following week the doctors diagnosed what was wrong with her and had begun treating an infection that she had and so over the weekend her condition had improved significantly and she was a lot more comfortable so I was feeling very upbeat about her chances. Then this morning I learned that she had become very unwell early this morning so had been taken to Intensive Care. By the time I got there she was sedated and being made ready for and emergency heart valve replacement. Unfortunately her body was simply not strong enough to take it and she died. She was 64.
I had woken up that morning planning on visiting her again and feeling as happy about her health as I had for a very long time, and less than 12 hours later she was gone, I am still in a state of disbelief and raw grief as I write this, so goodbye for now.
Update: Thanks for the many comments of condolence and support, it really is appreciated more than I would have anticipated. The funeral will be on Friday and I am not looking forward to it after that I will begin to think about how to move forwards, at the moment I'd rather not do anything but sit down staring at the wall but I know that she would not have wanted me to do that.
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