I lost my mother on Dec 27, 2009 very suddenly. My mother had traveled from Texas to Philly in Sept. 2009 to take care of her 82 yr old sister who was just diagnosed with dimentia. While there helping with her care my mother went for a morning stroll and tripped and broke her femur. She was in ICU for 3 weeks and I was the only child of 5 that was not financially stable enough to go see her. Well, as she started to get better they finally put her in a rehab facility up in philly with the doctors that had done her surgery . She was doing so well the doctors said she might be home before New years. Well, my parents had never been apart for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so my mother did everything that the doctor told her to do. The day before Christmas the doctors told her if she could manuever from a wheel chair to a plane seat all by herself she would be able to leave and be home for Christmas. Well, as I said she did all they asked of her and manuevered like a champion. She was wheeled into my Dad's front door Christmas night at 8:00 pm. I was going to see them the very next day but came down with the flu. I called her the day of the 26th and told her I was not feeling well and she told me she wanted me to stay home so she didn't catch whatever I had. I agreed with her. That was the last time I would ever talk to her. The next morning at 4:30 am my father woke to give her her medication and she was gone! I am so thankful he got one day with her. I just wish I could have had that last moment. There were so many things I didn't get to say and things we never got to do. She was my Mother, my best friend, my ROCK!