I'm stepping in today (probably overstepping my bounds) to share a few thoughts after reading several of Pam's blogs over the past year or so as she deals with this phase of her life.
Pam, how you have managed to walk this lonely walk with your mom is a testament to your strength and your faith. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "When it is dark enough,you can see the stars."
I know that all of us who have followed you through the years in your writing miss you terribly and miss your wit, your intellect and your point of view. But we can only try to understand the road that you are travelling (especially those of us who have not had the responsibility for the care of an aging parent) and tell you that you really aren't alone. We're here with you. While we may not get a chance to tell you every day, every day we miss you and we think about you and we share our love with and for you.
I leave you, and all of your readers who are experiencing unpleasantness at the moment, with the following from Psalm 91:
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."