We knew Barbara as a remarkably healthy woman for her age, who had never used alcohol or tobacco, and who still had a sharp mind and ironic wit, not unlike her younger daughter Shirley. But that night Barbara was bleeding. On coumadin for a few years to prevent blood clots, her bleeding was at a frightening rate, and Joan Cichowski, Shirl's older sister, a nurse practicioner who has lived at home with her Mom ever since her father Basil Kimball died some 20 years ago, quickly decided that a trip to the hospital was indicated.
After evaluation at the Emergency Room, Barbara was admitted at Memorial Hospital. There was talk of possible cancer, and a biopsy was ordered. Shirl drove the 140 miles (~210 Km) to Worcester the next morning. Her brother David Kimball, Barbara's only son, came down from Vermont. I told Shirl to call me and I'd be there, if ever she needed or wanted me to come. She promised me she would do so.
Six days later, I drove today to see Barbara and Shirl at the wonderful nursing home in Westboro to which Barbara had been transferred on Thursday. I took this happy picture.
|Shirl and Barbara|
Needless to say, I was very happy to see my mother-in-law looking so chipper. After all, there is only one woman alive who loves me as much as Barbara Kimball does. Here is her picture. ;-)
|Shirl and SOL|