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January
29
2021

January 29, 2021 Funeral Arrangements

Tuesday, February 2nd
Family Greeting   4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Prayer Service/Rosary   6:00 PM
Miller Funeral Home 
507 S Main 
Sioux Falls, SD

Wednesday, February 3rd
10:30 AM
St Lamberts Catholic Church
1000 S Bahnson
Sioux Falls, SD 57103

funeral will be live streamed on the St Lamberts YouTube and Facebook page  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCQA0aRGXFJCisf6-iGV7lg  YouTube
https://www.facebook.com/stlambertsiouxfalls/   Facebook

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January
29
2021

January 29, 2021 No More Pain, No More Worries, Living Gloriously

Our hearts are breaking as I type this.  Judith Ann Friedbauer Wilson ended life here on earth and passed into the heavenly gates at about 10:00 PM last night.  She was listening to Elvis Presley music and holding the hand of her youngest grandchild, Alexa.  Mom's battle with cancer was short, and we knew from the start she was not going to ever be cured.  We were hoping for a little more time, obviously.  I know I'm not the only who wishes that.  The amount of kind words and memories we have received during her illness have been overwhelming we appreciate that so much.  Know along with the tears we have shed we are laughing just as much.  

She was an amazing mom, grandma and friend.  We are not sure how we will navigate life without her but know that she is always watching over us and guiding us along.  When you see a hummingbird, please think of her.  

If you have a memory we would love for you to share it here in the comments. 

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we work through this new life we are living without our mom.  

Love, 
Stephanie, Stacie, Cindy & Chad 

January
29
2021

January 28, 2021 All In Gods Timing

Mom is still holding on.  She has now seen all four of her kids and we have given our blessing for her to move on.  As what often happens in hospice, she is medicated to be relaxed and not in pain.  This keeps her sleeping most of the time.  That’s a blessing and a curse in my mind.  I want nothing more than a coherent conversation with her but at the same time I want her to be comfortable and not afraid.  
Earlier today she was asking for her “momma”. Cindy and I held her hand through this. We would like to think she has started to see her momma and all those she loved who have passed.  
Our hearts are breaking but we want her to move to the next part of her journey.  It’s hard to imagine life without our mom.  But we know she will always be with us and quietly guiding us all.  
We will keep you posted.  She’s tough!  Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.  They mean the world! 

January
27
2021

January 27, 2021 The Journey Has Changed

I wanted to let you all know that mom’s journey has taken a different path than we had hoped. Yesterday the oncologist told us that because her kidneys are failing she no longer will be able to have chemo.  Her kidneys are not able to process the toxic drugs.  Dialysis was an option but the doctor said the chances were very slim they could ever get her kidneys well enough to tolerate chemo and that dialysis would be very, very hard on her already weakened body.  

Due to this news, our mom has made the very brave decision to finish the rest of this journey in hospice at Dougherty House here in Sioux Falls. We just moved her in late this morning and it’s truly beautiful and calming.  She is resting comfortably right now and in very little pain.  

Dougherty House does allow visitors. But only two at a time.  If anyone would like to visit, please text Stephanie at 515-669-4275 and we can let you know if it’s a good time.  

On behalf of Stacie, Cindy and Chad, we thank you for your prayers and ask that you continue to pray for us and our beautiful momma. 

Stephanie 

January
27
2021

January 26, 2021 Prayers Please

Mom was admitted to Avera last night.  There were no beds on the oncology floor so she was put on a general floor.  Overnight she was moved to ICU for more specialized care due to extremely low blood pressure and extremely high potassium levels .  She had a rough night being poked and prodded and didn’t get much sleep. 
I arrived at about 9:30 this morning. What a blessing one person can be with her. We are so lucky that is the case.  Her nurse Maddie is very sweet and caring. Nurses are super heroes.  Never forget that! 
It’s now 9:30 at night.  Mom is finally getting some sleep.  She’s very very sick.  I pray she gets comfortable rest tonight.  
Thank you for being on this journey with us.  ❤️

January
25
2021

Kind of a Tough Day!

So mom fell this morning.  Got off balance and ended up on the floor.  Unfortunately, she was too weak to get herself up and although I thought I could lift her, it was causing too much pain.  So, I had not choice but to call the ambulance.  She is at Avera right now and will be spending the night there for observation.  This could cause a delay in chemo tomorrow.  Stacie is with her (thankfully, they will allow one person).  We thought it was best she went so I could be with her tomorrow.  She is resting comfortably and absolutely right where she needs to be.   

To make the day even worse, as I was taking her little Yorkie Tucker for a walk, we were attacked by a pit bull mix.  I'm still shaking.  A young lady was unloading laundry from the back of her car and the front door of the house was open and the dog was wandering around in the yard.  He came to smell Tucker and all of a sudden, he lunges.  Tucker is trying to get away and pulls himself out of his collar and runs away with the stupid dog in pursuit.  I carry Tucker most of the way home and he was just shaking.  I checked him thoroughly with a white paper towel and there is no blood.  He is walking fine, so I don't think he's hurt.  You should have heard me yelling at the people to "get your dog.  get your dog"   There may have been a word inserted that was not very becoming.  But I had lost my mind.  (Forgive me God) 

So that's how the day is going at 4013. I hope your day is going better!  

January
25
2021

January 25, 2021 Cindy Went Home, Stephanie Arrived

Cindy came on Thursday night and went home Sunday afternoon.  She worked a ton around the house doing little things that need to be done.  I arrived about 2 hours after Cindy left.  

Mom is weaker than when I left 10 days ago.  Very noticeable.  She starts the day out fairly perky but loses energy as the day goes on.  We are answering the phone for her a little more so that she doesn't wear out talking too much.  So if you call and you get one of the girls, we will definitely relay your well wishes to her.  

Appetite is still pretty non existent.  I feel like I'm trying to get a kid to eat.  She can be stubborn for sure.  I wonder if I was that difficult when I was a kid.  Is this payback?  

Tomorrow is chemo day.  We have no idea what to expect.  We know she won't feel well for a couple days.  She already doesn't feel well, not sure how it can get much worse.  Asking for prayers that the nausea is mild and the drugs start attacking the chemo so she get a little strength back.  

PS.  Someone please remind us from time to time to water plants in mom's back room.  Whoops! I think they have been ignored since before Christmas.   Not sure if we will get some of them back.  But I have a pretty green thumb, so I think we can save most! 

Thank you for following our journey! 

Stephanie 

January
22
2021

January 22, 2021 Upper GI Scope

Today mom had a scope of her upper gastrointestinal track to see if they could figure out why she feels like something is "stuck" when she swallows.  Cindy took her to this appointment and was told it looks she could have an infection and a peptic ulcer.   We will have final results in 7-10 days.   Another day of tests has made mom quite tired so she is napping.  She will have a few days of quietness before starting chemo on Tuesday.