Unfortunately this is Eliza and Christina (Nikki's daughters) here.
We are sad to let you know that our mum died, peacefully, on Sunday 8th September 2013 at about 8pm.
She did go for the PEG operation, which, in itself went well, but the got pneumonia again. The antibiotics cleared her chest, but her breathing became s difficult and she wasn't comfortable. After a week in hospital, she chose to go to the hospice.
During her three day stay, she was looked after and cared for by the hospice staff with such kindness I cannot thank them enough. Friends came and visited and Christina and I were by her side. She had already ripped off the breathing machine it was "driving me mad, the noise is driving me mad!!" (The medication and some oxygen allowed her to breath regularly). Her breathing slowed and as I held her hand she gently passed away in her sleep. I am so glad to have been there.
I don't know what else to write right now, I'm surprised I've managed to even do this. However,I know how much it meant to my mum that you followed her and her blog so I thought it only fair.
We may write here again after the funeral, which is to be held on Friday.
I know many of you were on twitter with Nikki, but if you do want to comment, please do so here, it would be a lovely way to 'end' this blog.
Eliza has done so well to write what she has written above, but thought it nice to also comment myself too...
I'm sat here with a (large!) glass of red wine (my mum would be proud!!), trying to think of what to write.
I've never written on a blog before... Mum made it look so easy! She was so so proud of the 'hits' 'followers' and 'tweets' from the blog... I too read it every day!! So on her behalf, I would like to say a massive thank you to you for reading, following and tweeting!!
As you can tell from the title of the blog... My mum loved a hug. I will miss my mum's cuddles so very very much. We even named a 'hand holding post' at her bedside. Many friends and us held her hand that day. She would have felt very comforted I'm sure. I'm very proud that Eliza was holding her hand at the end, and that I was by her side.
Please perhaps think of our mum on Friday and say a prayer of peace for her.
Hugs Chrissie xxx