The weather forecast was not good for our trip.
Below is the weather forecast for Nov 30 and Dec 1, 2006
Widespread freezing rain and sleet affected many locations in central Illinois west of I-57 on Thursday November 30. Eleven counties in central Illinois reported ice ranging from a quarter to 2 inches thick, with the thickest ice around Decatur, Taylorville, Clinton and Mount Pulaski. Eight counties reported heavy sleet ranging in depth from a half to 2.2 inches. This icy precipitation resulted in numerous traffic accidents, downed several large tree limbs and power lines, which resulted in power outages for several days in some spots.
The mixed precipitation changed to snow Thursday night and early Friday morning of December 1 and ended by noon Friday. The heaviest snow occurred along and west of the Illinois River, where snow accumulations were 8 to 16 inches. Areas east of the Illinois River, especially along the I-55 corridor had snow amounts ranging from 3 to 8 inches on top of the ice and sleet. The snow and ice accumulations got about as far east as I-57.
Because of this I asked my brother if he would drive up from near St. Louis and take us. He agreed immediately. Jim was so weak that we rented a wheelchair from the pharmacy where our friend Sandi worked. It was a Godsend.
Our son met us and we went to the hospital. It is a huge hospital. Our son pushed Jim in the wheelchair and we had a half dozen places and doctors in the hospital that we had to find. It was a very sad, trying day for us all.
My brother had made motel reservations for us all close to Chicago. I will never forget the kindness shown to Jim and me by my brother. He took care of everything.
The next morning I tried to rouse Jim but he was unresponsive. The motel called an ambulance and he was taken to a nearby hospital. Following is my post from 1 December 2006 on Windows Live Spaces.
“Today I lost the dearest friend that I have had for 50 years. Tomorrow would have been our anniversary.
Jim passed away this afternoon at 3:15 PM at St James Hospital close to Chicago. My heart is broken.
Thank you all for the kind thoughts and prayers you shared with us these past months. Bless you all.”