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Saturday, January 05, 2008

When it rains, it pours

Iris's mom (Z"L)died last night. She had an 'episode' and ended up on a ventilator. The doctors found that when she had, 30 some odd years ago, her hysterectomy, some metal wires were used to close the surgery and those metal wires caused adhesions, infection and bowel perforation. She passed quickly, but it's such a huge shock. She was fine when I saw her at Thanksgiving, she continued to be fine when Iris's dad had his bypass surgery last Thursday, and then a few days later, she died.

Iris is at her parent's house far away so I can't even give her a big hug and try to console her. I hate this. I'm so sad for Iris. She's had the worst 5 years that anyone can possibly endure and she keeps going on. Her husband has stage 4 colon cancer and his personality has suffered terribly from the illness. Her father-in-law died of colon cancer 4 years ago. She had breast cancer 2 years ago and went through surgery, chemo, and radiation. Her son, who is autistic, is having a bad year at school and they're looking at alternatives for him. It just never ever stops for her family. It's as if they have a collective "kick me" on their backs.

Iris's mom was a fabulous knitter, one of those women who just sat and knit and didn't even look at her hands, and turned out gorgeous lacy sweaters by the armload. She always, and I mean ALWAYS wore purple which was more like an obsession than a favorite color. Even her jewelry was purple. She was a terrible cook, but she loved to eat. She was a professional chemist in her working life, and then after she retired she became a tour leader in Washington DC. She was involved in various Jewish charities and social programs, and was a community leader at her synagogue. She was quite the character and drove Iris insane at times with her antics, but they were an extremely close knit family. She will be missed by her two children, 4 grandchildren, cousins, and many friends.

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Blogger Robin said...

I'm so sorry. What a terrible shock, and I'm sure a devastating loss for those who knew and loved her.

5/1/08 4:00 PM  
Blogger DeeJay said...

My condolences to all.

5/1/08 4:16 PM  
Blogger Limmud Southeast said...

When you have a minute would you send me Iris' email address and/or snail mail. I want to express my support and condolence.

5/1/08 9:30 PM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

I'm sorry for Iris' loss. Yours as well. Hugs.

5/1/08 9:34 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Condolences to you and Iris. What an awful string of events. But what a wonderful tribute to her mother! She sounds like an amazing woman.

5/1/08 10:33 PM  

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