Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I am heartsick this morning. My dear sweet daughter-in-law, Crystal, lost her mom this morning at 6 a.m. Donna was such a huge part of Crystal's life and a wonderful woman.
She had been suffering from severe back pain for a couple of years now. She's seen doctor after doctor but no one could figure out how to help her. She even had a fairly non-invasive surgery earlier this summer.
On Sunday afternoon she had a heart attack. Her husband was there and did CPR until the ambulance arrived. They took her to Abbot Northwester, one of the best hospitals in the city (they live in a small town about 60 miles west of Minneapolis). She was put in an induced coma in the ICU. Monday they discovered a blood clot in her leg and while they were in surgery they also found a blocked artery in her pelvis (which may have been where the pain came from???). She had surgery late Monday and was recovering yesterday while they were slowly taking her out of the coma. Unfortunately, she suffered another cardiac arrest this morning and they were unable to revive her because her heart was too damaged.
There is nothing that Tom and I can do right now. We offered to come up and help with the boys but William (his son) just wants to be alone with them. This is going to be so devastating to Crystal - she was very close to her mom who, by the way, was only 58. Such a tragedy - I have no words.
Thank you Spark friends for letting me pour our my grief.