Mother-in-law is still with us, despite having entered an unresponsive state on Monday. Her vitals continue to decline, she has no feeding tube, can’t be more than 90 lbs. at this point – yet she won’t die. If she were a pet, we would give her an injection to move things along without compunction. But in the uncivilized US, that isn’t an option.
I’ve already stated that unless she dies on a weekend, I won’t be there. I have living patients who need attention, and while death has the effect of clearing the calendar of the deceased, the rest of us aren’t so lucky.
Did start the week with a bit of juicy gossip. A long-time acquaintance, early-60’s, had married wife #4 (30+ years his junior) a few years ago. He has an adult daughter from marriage #1 who is older than the bride. For the past year, the couple has been talking about sperm banks, because she wants a baby and he’s shooting blanks from a variety of late-life health issues. He already has the aforementioned adult daughter, and a 10 year old son from marriage #3. I think his lack of enthusiasm for fatherhood at this age – and who can blame him? – didn’t mesh with her desires, and she walked out without a word about a month ago. No word on whether she took the turkey baster with her.