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  1. My grandma passed away last night. It was less than two weeks from when my parents took her to the hospital for symptoms that turned out to be colon cancer. She went home for hospice care this past Tuesday, and Wednesday had a crowd of great-grandchildren visiting her, chatting with them and praising the pictures they had drawn for her like the perfect doting grandmother she always was. By the next morning she hardly spoke and only took a very few ice chips. Dh arranged his work schedule so I could stay to help care for grandma, but I came home last night because he has meetings this morning he couldn’t reschedule. My mom called a few hours later with the news that Grandma had passed. The kids were already asleep, so now this morning I have to tell them the news. I’m heartbroken as it is, although I know that Grandma was almost anxious to go. I worry about how my kids’ will process their grief. This part of parenting is so much harder than the sleepless nights of infancy. Sorry, I know this post is kind of scattered. Any book suggestions and words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I’m sorry your family is going through this. My kids had two great-uncles they saw at holidays pass away within a year a few years ago. And now my grandma, who they absolutely adore, is going home for hospice care. I’ve been going to the hospital a few times over the last week, so they knew she was ill. We made the decision to tell them that there isn’t anything more for the doctors to do but keep Grandma comfortable. I don’t know if we were too open, but I did tell them that Grandma said she’s looking forward to watching over all of us with my Grandpa who died before they were born. I also told them about Grandma receiving the anointing of the sick and how she was joking with the priest. They want to see her, but so far she has said she doesn’t want the great-grandchildren to see her as she is now. We’re hoping she will change her mind, but we’ll see. It’s hard to know the right thing to do.
  3. I’m not sure. My grandmother, who we were all sure was going to live forever, is going home to hospice after a week in the hospital and a sudden advanced cancer diagnosis. She’s 89 and watched many of her friends pass in the fifteen years since my grandpa died. She said she’s ready to go and praying for God to take her soon. She’s surrounded by family who absolutely adores her, so as much as it breaks our hearts not to get to celebrate her 90th birthday with her later this year, we are praying for a quick end to her suffering too.
  4. I think you can listen to Mass on Relevant Radio or find one on YouTube. Our church livestreams the 9:00 Mass for the home bound. I’m sure we aren’t the only parish to do so.
  5. I’ve never been tested, but I think I had the flu twice. Or something very similar. Once was in high school and I missed most of tech week for the fall musical. I can remember being half asleep but having vivid weird dreams about the funeral of the cardinal of Chicago that was on all the local news stations. The second time was the week before Christmas break when my oldest was in kindergarten. I dragged myself out to take him to school and it was like an out of body experience trying to talk to the school secretary about something. I really should have just stayed home.
  6. It’s not a scientific study, but my family member who was in law enforcement said that he encountered far more facial and neck tattoos on people he was serving warrants on than in the general population of the area he worked. I know tattoos are far more mainstream, but I do think there is a bit of a line between ones that could be theoretically covered or less noticeable, and those that are fully on display on one’s face.
  7. I actually really like the middle row windows that roll down. They aren’t great for highway driving, but really helpful for kids who get nauseous in city/suburban rush hour traffic and need fresh air. At least is helps keep mine more comfortable.
  8. Shredded bbq chicken or pork in the crockpot go pretty far and are fairly inexpensive. I like serving them with slider rolls.
  9. I’m so sorry for your loss.
  10. Am I the only one who now has Phoebe singing “Smelly Cat†stuck in their head after reading this thread title? I would try vinegar and baking soda in the wash for the other clothes and then the original smelly pants separately.
  11. At least they freeze well. That’s really terrible timing for cookie sales. I’m sorry.
  12. Our church collects personal care items along with food for the food pantry. We take our dentist giveaway toothbrushes and toothpaste there. I don’t care for the toothpaste samples we get either.
  13. I voted three, but it’s (often, ahem) occasionally more like four. I was down to two cups of half decaf during my pregnancies, but I think that’s the least amount of coffee I’ve consumed since college.
  14. Do you have Von Maur near you? Ours had a really nice selection of dresses. Some are very pricey, but they did go on clearance by the end of April if you’re willing to wait and gamble a bit.
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