Yesterday morning, Lori's mom collapsed at a relative's house and was rushed to the hopsital.
They are still not really sure what caused Cindy to collapse - they believe it was a stroke - but she never regained conciousness, never showed any response to any stimulus tests, and lost the ability to breathe on her own.
Today, Lori informed me that they had decided that there was nothing else they could do for her mom, and that she was being taken off of life support.
I really don't have anything else to say right now. I'm numb. My only thought is that I need to get home. Bigtime props to the assistant here in the Dubai office that handles travel arrangements; she managed to get me on tomorrow morning's Emirates nonstop to Houston.
Right before I returned to Dubai a couple of weeks ago, I picked Lori's mom up from her work and drove her out to my in-laws' house. Lori's dad then took me to Intercontinental so I could catch my flight. Her mom and I had a nice conversation in the car. Who knew that would be the last time I would ever talk to her?
I'll provide further details on this blog as I am able. In the meantime, please keep Lori and her family in your thoughts.