My mother’s name is Janet Labaff (12/3/54-4/14/20). It all started March 27, 2020. I’m her daughter I have Crohn’s disease. I got admitted into the hospital with a bowel obstruction. The doctor’s decided to finally do surgery on me that night. I called my mother she cried her heart out because she was not allowed in the hospital because of the coronavirus. She was very upset least to say. So we used messenger the whole time I was in hospital. It ended up being a 10 day hospital stay for me. I got out of hospital April 6th. Usually my mom would come to my house the next day to make sure I was alright. I found it strange she never came to see me first of all. Second of all while I was in hospital she was home sick double ear infections and flu like symptoms. She got tested for the regular flu it was negative. Her family doctor recommended she get tested for Covid19 but she messaged me that she was scared to get the test and she was gonna see how she felt in a couple days. She claimed she was feeling better told us ( her family) that if she didn’t feel better she would get the test. April 8th she calls me and said im admitted in the hospital I have pneumonia I will be fine don’t worry about me. I love you. I just thought she’s had this before she will get better. My birthday was April 11th that Saturday I messaged her said don’t forget to call me tomorrow is my birthday. I didn’t hear from her just thought she was getting her rest to get better. My birthday comes no phone call. Next day was Easter we had a good day. Then that night my older brother comes to my house unannounced which isn’t like him. He says i got a call from the hospital the other night mom got up to go to the bathroom and she collapsed her oxygen dropped very low she’s in ICU. At this point no covid test had been dine yet. I assume when she entered the ICU they tested her. She was on the ventilator and sedated. She kept waking up from sedation so then they heavily sedated her at that point. No medicine for the pneumonia was working. It took 2 days for results of covid19. She was positive. Next day they tell us all her organs were failing so at this point my brother and I and my 3 children had to make the hardest decision of our lives. We didn’t want to know she was suffering and/or in pain so we decided to have the machines turned off that were keeping her alive. Tuesday at 2:42 pm everything was shut off. She lived 10 minutes without the machines. At 2:52 pm they claim she passed away peacefully in her sleep. So between Wednesday and Tuesday our mom/nana the person who did everything/anything for us is gone. No funeral. Just a cremation. No priest to pray over her body nothing. I’m not at peace. I have a lot of what ifs and a lot of regrets for all of us. At first none of us took covid serious we said if we get sick we will just get better. Never did any of us think it would be the matriarch of our family. Its unbelievable we all take it serious now. I would never wish this on anyone. She was my bestfriend my everything. I’ve only left the house a handful of times. I’m now scared of this virus. I pray for anyone going through this and god bless to anyone going through this terrible virus.
Submitted by Devan Barr (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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