09:04 – Barbara called at 0755. I figured she was just calling to let me know their plans for the day before she headed home. If only.
Instead, she was calling to let me know that Bonnie had died in the early morning hours. The last we’d heard, yesterday morning, was that Bonnie had been admitted to the hospital, they’d put her on IV fluids, and that she had low magnesium levels but was otherwise okay. They wanted to keep her in the hospital for a few days to let her regain strength before sending her home.
Barbara said the doctors and nurses were shocked that she’d died. They expected her to recover, but with an 89-year-old patient, expectations aren’t always met.
This will be particularly hard for Barbara. I visited Bonnie for half an hour or an hour maybe two or three times a month, when Barbara couldn’t go for some reason. Barbara visited her several times a week. Bonnie was a nice old lady, of our parents’ generation, so for Barbara it was almost like being able to visit her own mother again. Bonnie will be missed.
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