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Tuesday, June 05, 2007


When my mom was in the hospital dying of lung cancer, she had a really funny gay male nurse. He would clean my mom's mouth with these little pink sponges on sticks. My mom was pretty out of it on morphine and cranky and mean as all get out.

One day the nurse gets a sponge stick and goes to clean my mom's mouth and she bats it away and says, slurrily, "No more lollipops!"

The nurse laughed and said, "Honey, your mouth looks like the bottom of a birdcage!"


At 8:47 PM , Blogger Leilouta said...

Oh that is so cute…it brought tears to my eyes. Reminds me of my mom’s sickness also. One day she tried to make a phone call by dialing on the window sill. I was confused and sad to see the changes in her and didn’t know what to do, so I pretended I was the person she was trying to call and answered,” Hello”. She gave me a look and said,” Shut up, I am on the phone.”

At 11:41 PM , Blogger Beelza-Bubba said...

When my Aunt was in the hospital getting Chemo many years ago now. She was given little white sponges on hollow white plastic sticks. I remember her swabbing her lips with one. It looked like a big, wet q-tip. So I asked her what it was, and she said it helped keep her mouth from dehydrating, and gave me an unopened one to try. It tasted like tart lemonade, and made my mouth instantly water up. I also decided to turn it around, and blow air up the tube, and this caused the tip to foam up with lemony goodness. "Wow, These things are cool! Can I have some more?" I asked my Aunt, but my Mom said "No, those are for your Aunt Lee, and she needs them more than you!" We all called my Aunt "Lee" instead of her real name, "Elizabeth", I still have no real idea as to why we did, everyone just did. Anyway, right before we left the hospital, Aunt Lee "dropped" a plastic cup, and had me fetch it for her. She then slipped into my hand a packet of those Lemon swabs, gave me a smirk, and said "Here, take these, and hide them from your Mom. I have a whole drawer of them." She then sent me on my way.
She passed away not too long after this. It is funny how they still use those little sponge sticks after all of these years, and even though it was very sad that my Aunt was in the hospital dying, I still find it to be a happy memory of her.

At 11:34 AM , Blogger Miss Carnivorous said...

Beel, you are sweet! Leila, our moms had a lot of personality, even when they were out of it!


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