Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place regarding Clare Munat's condition. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. and know that Clare is very loved and supported from near and far. It is so difficult to have to let you all know that our mother is in hospice and nearing the end of her life.
Thanks for all the heart-felt advice, caring, love ,kindness that we have been showered with daily. It means so very much. If you are able to contribute to our family fundraiser, that would really help us curtail some of the expenses and costs that we are incurring.
Link here to donation page: https://www.facebook.com/donate/529708414078789/
(Deep background - by daughter Mary - Three of Clare's children, Maggi, Stan and Mary, have been attempting to lure or kidnap Clare to live near/with us in California for several years. I share this due to deep guilt that these falls and ailings have been weathered without any immediate family nearby/alongside.)
Just after the New Year, Clare had a fall in her Londonderry, VT apartment . Dear family friend and super Clare-supporter, Nikki Alexander, got her to Springfield Hospital where she underwent extensive tests and intensive IV re-fluiding (?!). . She has been dangerously low on magnesium and potassium for quite awhile now, and has never been a water drinker... For the first four or five days, she kept reporting being very tired, but then on day six she chirped, "I feel so much better now."
She was released on January 8, Nikki (by now, our family's heroine) brought her home and called her a couple of times that night, but when she got no answer in the morning, she rushed over, let herself in and found Mom on her bed, inert. January 9th, her 79th birthday. We don't know when the stroke occurred, or how long she laid there : - (
Nikki called 911 and Clare was taken first to Springfield Hospital, then onto nearby Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, NH.
After it was determined that our mom would not recover from this stroke with any ability to walk, talk or function on her own, my siblings and I had to make the toughest decision of our lives. We had to honor our mother's wishes, plainly spelled out in her Advanced Directive (Living Will) and remove her life support IVs and feeding tubes.
Clare is currently at a wonderfully compassionate in-patient hospice center in Lebanon. N.H. Our family is hoping this is where she will spend her re-
maining days of her life. She has just begun to share with us via head nods and hand squeezes that she is experiencing some discomfort, which she is now receiving morphine injections for. There might be a complication that may require that we have to move my mom back to her apartment at Smith Haven. We do not want to do this. We wish to keep her here where she is in a caring, ideal hospice environment.
We appreciate all your continuing support, love and kindness and are eternally grateful for all this!