Monthly Archives: December 2002

Friday 20th December 2002

I’ve finally decided to sit down and attempt to write something about the last few days. A lot of you who have been keeping tabs with Maddie’s story were present at her funeral yesterday and it was wonderful to see

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Tuesday 17th December 2002

Maddie’s funeral will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church at Were St, Brighton on Thursday 19th December at 10.00am. Georgia and I would like to see the many people who have been touched by Maddie and her remarkable journey. I

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Monday 16th December 2002

Maddie passed away peacefully at 3.11am this morning. I was so proud to be able to hold her hand and her heart when she left us. She was at home where she belonged and we are forever grateful to the

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Sunday 15th December 2002

Maddie has deteriorated rapidly over the last couple of days. She is still clinging to life by the barest of threads. She continues to defy us all – the doctors and nurses included – with her strength and determination and

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Thursday 12th December 2002

Maddie is heavily sedated and has been asleep for the last 24 hours. She wakes occasionally for a little drink but not very often. It appears like the tumor has progressed further. The back of Maddie’s head is very blown

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Wednesday 11th December 2002

The last two days have been a living hell. Maddie has been very restless and agitated and at times seems delirious. We have increased the morphine and midazolan doses but they haven’t had a huge effect. Maddie was awake all

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Monday 9th December 2002

Maddie is still fighting on. She occasionally wakes up for a few minutes and has a little drink. It’s comforting to know she knows we are there. The nurse is going to increase the morphine levels today as Maddie has

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Saturday 7th December 2002

Maddie is now almost permanently asleep. Her breathing is very shallow and she can hardly acknowledge that we are there. The doctor agrees that it’s only a little while now. I am so proud that we have been able to

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Thursday 5th December 2002

Maddie is now asleep most of the day and night. The doctor increased her morphine levels and she is a lot more peaceful in between vomits. We’re feeling that the time is getting nearer now. I just want Maddie to

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Wednesday 4th December 2002

The last couple of days have been a real rollercoaster ride. We had the people from the Community Palliative Care come out to see us yesterday and put in place the plans for Maddie’s needs. We have started to give

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