Gramz was stuck in the hospital with pneumonia during our initial stay, but was discharged the day after Toni passed. However, after a couple of days at home she realized she was too weak to manage on her own and went back to the emergency room. After some time back in the hospital (including while the memorial services for her daughter were taking place) she was moved to a rehab facility and we thought things were looking up, but all of a sudden, they were looking way down. We learned that the cancer was a particularly bad cancer and was everywhere. All of a sudden, Gramz seemed to age 20 years and they told us she probably had 7-10 days left and they were calling in Hospice. Just a couple of days later, she passed away—only 20 days after her daughter passed and roughly a month since we even learned she was sick.
Needless to say, the family is reeling a bit. Two great women in less than a month—it's a lot to take in.
We were planning to go back down to St. Pete this weekend anyway, because E.J.'s birthday party is on Sunday. Now we will also be attending Gramz's memorial service on Saturday as well. Eric is writing his second eulogy in just three weeks. It's hard to believe it's all really happening. Again. So soon.
We'll be out of town for just shy of a week, though I have some recap blog posts lined up in the queue to publish in our absence so I can stay on top of things. In addition to this little trip, we also have a much larger road trip planned for later in the month so I am trying to avoid getting behind before that extended time off.
In the meantime, please keep the family in your prayers as everyone tries to process and move forward. It's very surreal.