The Call You Don’t Want

Today I was told something that no one ever wants to hear, something that I’ve dreaded hearing for years now. My mom went back in the hospital yesterday, after being out for a few days, after being in for 19 days, because they removed her permanent port (direct IV line) for the last time. She has had 5 ports now and each lead to her getting blood infections.

Today, on my way home from work, she told me the doctors said there’s nothing else they can do. Her organs are slowly shutting down and they said it could go as quickly as a month or as long as a year. My mom is going to die way too young.
My mom and I are really close and I can’t wrap my head around her not being a phone call away. I see my friends share posts about missing their mom after they pass and I’m always thankful I still have my mom. My dad is calling Pittsburgh, another hospital she frequents, and see if they will admit her for a third opinion. I know she’s been sick for a long time, but 65 is too young to die. It’s just not right. My mom is awesome and never did anything to anyone. I pray for her all the time.
Would you pray for her also? Her name is Lorrie and she’s a wonderful mom. Pray there is a doctor that can stop her organs from shutting down.

Thank you,



  1. Anonymous says:

    I will be praying Pattie!!!!

  2. Ellen melchiondo says:

    Patti, I am praying for your mom. I fear a phone call like that one. Just know that she will always be part of you and with you, just on a different way. Enjoy her days to the fullest.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Patti, your mom needs to see an infectious disease doctor, and have no residents
    work on her. My mom went to a teaching hospital in Philly and passed cuz they fucked up. I am sorry for your situation, just go see her everyday and make her laugh. Show her pics that are special etc, my prayers are with you.

  4. So sorry, Patty.

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