I know I usually post on Mondays, but my mother has been sick. She's still sick actually, but now we know what it is, which is better than having a phantom illness. It's funny how much having a name for it helps, since the situation is exactly the same as it was before. But having a name makes one feel a little less helpless - because at least you know what it is. Anyway, it's serious but not terminal. Mostly, it is causing her a lot of pain.
And it hurts to not be able to do anything. Because there is nothing I can do, except wait with her, until they can get a course of treatment going. She has pain medication, which has helped a lot, but in the meantime, I'm part of the network of family and friends on call.