Got a call from BBB's niece, who was also the caretaker for his mom. Mom was not doing well at all, and she didn't know what to do. (mom had lung cancer)
We dropped everything and drove to the wilds of eastern washington to help niece with mom. We couldn't bring his quad brother, because going over there are 3 or 4 passes that we have to cross and we would have to take our short bus to transport, not to mention trying to be caretakers for him and *then* deal with mom.
I won't bore you with all the details, because lung cancer that has metastasised isn't pretty. We were able to spend a couple of days with her, and she was quite lucid. We helped her organize and pay for her cremation and there wasn't much left for us to do, so we came home to care for quad brother. (which now has another whole can of worms opened up)
This morning i called caretaker niece and found out that BBB's mom passed last night at 10:40 pst.
We had been hoping that she would hold out until we could bring quad brother over the first week of April (after my job ends), but their step sister had arrived yesterday morning and loaded up some of the things that mom wanted her to have, spent the day with mom and that evening mom went to sleep and her heart just stopped.
We figured that she had resigned herself to the fact that she would never see quad son again, and since she was able to see step-daughter, it was time to go.
You know, life sometimes sucks, but death sucks even worse.