Wednesday, October 28, 2009
On our last night in Utah I got a call from my brother that he had just taken my mom to the hospital. Although fine earlier that day (she had watched my sister's kids and helped around her house), that afternoon she had come down with flu-like symptoms and by that evening had become so lethargic it worried my brother. The Drs. determined that she had a bacterial infection and immediately began antibiotics. We were sure that with the antibiotic treatment she would recover. However, at 5:30 the next morning my cell phone rang. My brother informed me that it didn't look good and that we needed to come to Denver. We were supposed to fly to Milwaukee that night, so we changed the flight to get on the next plane to Denver. When we got there, my mom had been diagnosed with multiple organ failure. They were doing everything they could to try to rid her body of the infection, but it ultimately took her that evening (July 8th)--not much more than 24 hours from the onset of symptoms. My family and I were crushed. This was so sudden and unexpected. We had a beautiful service for her that was perfect, and we felt comfort in being surrounded by family and friends who showed their love and support. I am still dealing with the heartache, the longing, and the loss. I miss her so much it hurts, but it is getting better with time. She was a wonderful person--and an even better mom. Thanks, Mom, for the 28 years I had with you!
Posted by Ashley Johnson at 7:48 PM
Saturday, October 24, 2009
We had such a good time in Utah over the 4th of July! We went to the Tracy Aviary--Paige loved seeing all the different birds. The best find, though, was a bird nest in a corner between the wall and the ceiling at the entrance to the restrooms. Not anything planned by the aviary--but the baby birds were so cute and we got to watch the mom come back to feed them. The dad was keeping watch the whole time a short distance away. They were so cute! Anyway, we also visited the dowtown library in Salt Lake since Paige LOVES libraries. She had so much fun--they had lots of nooks where kids could find a cozy spot to read. Peyton even perused the shelves! We also went to the Bee's game on the 4th for fireworks. The game went really long--13 innings! By the end we were all chanting in our heads: "somebody, anybody, win so we can finally watch the fireworks!" Amazingly, the girls did really well with all that waiting (it was 11pm before the fireworks started). Peyton stayed up the whole time--until the fireworks started and then she promptly fell asleep. I guess the stadium lights were bothering her more than the loud booms! We also got to spend time with many of Ryan's relatives, which we loved visiting. We wish we could see them more often!
Posted by Ashley Johnson at 8:28 PM