Mottling and Gurgling Sounds

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My grandmother started Monday making gurgling sounds. She began getting choked on yogurt. The Hospice nurse said that her lungs were clear, so she had not aspirated. Tuesday she stopped making the gurgling sounds but Wednesday her heels of her feet were black and it went up to her kness. Her feet were extremely cold. The whole family was called in and we thought she would pass. By time the nurse came that afternoon, the mottling was almost completely gone and her feet were warming back up. I do not understand what is happening. A few months ago, they could not get a pulse and she had started mottling then too. But she carried on. She has not had a bowel movement in over a week and since Monday morning her kidneys have moved only 3 times. She is still eating between 6 - 9 ounces of yogurt a day and drinking juices with Thick it. I feel like I have been on a roller coaster and I worry about her all of the time. Its not that I want my grandma to die, but she just lays there with no life at all. I just want her to be at peace with God in heaven. I dont think she is in much pain but I feel so bad that all she can do is lie there. The nurses tell us "It's just part of the process" I know that no one can tell me when, but I would like to know more of what to expect. What typically happens? I need answers and have searched everywhere. My family is wore out and just trying to hold on. Could someone just let me know typically how long does a person live after these signs?

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kiki92 i know its been 6 years ago but I now know how you were feeling. I have a very close friend that is going through this right now. she has had dementia for 10 years now and last week she had the mottling on her hip,upper leg then the next day she had it on her neck. now its all gone. she is having problems eating when she does eat she coughs a lot. we are just praying this doesn't keep going on for more years its just way to hard on the caregivers to watch.
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captain, I couldn't help it and laughed at your comment. That is soooo funny!

ox - I have no idea what's your problem. Acid reflux? When you're lying down, the acid is backflowing and making "hungry" noises?
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ox,
someone in the " shutting ' down stages of death isnt usually seeking advice on a forum. you may have pneumonia or something.
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I get the drift. Should I be expecting to say, "Goodbye" to my loved ones now? I have been experiencing the gurgling for over two weeks now. I wake myself up either gurgling, or drooling on my chin. I HATE this. I am 72, overweight, back problems, but, all in all, not in truly bad health.
Any comments?? I would appreciate any input. Thanks.
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Certainly not an ecpert but ive been with lots of family and friends when they died. Mottling usually occurs 72 hrs or so before passing. But have seen yhem have intrrmittent epidodes prior to final time. Gurgling happens in some and not in others. If they have been asleep/ unconcious they will sometimes open eyes shortly before death. The last stages are hard toput a time on but you will usually notice changes that alert you time is short.
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Out of the blue my grandmother had 3 seizures back to back. She was admitted into the hospital, given anti seizure medications and she has been in a comatose state every since. She had not eaten in about 7 day and the doctor inserted a feeding tube, well her body was rejecting the nutrients and the tube seemed to be blocked. The following morning a feeding tube was inserted into her stomach and it as well was rejecting the nutrients and she was only able to take 1 tsp of liquid. Now today she started this loud raspy breathing. I'm so scared because people say that within 24 hours of that noisy breathing they usually pass away.
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I have seen it, it can happen when they are low on protien. I also saw it in an elderly realitive. Not sure what caused it but he was on dialasis.
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My grandmother's hair is falling out now in clumps. IS this normal?
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Once they are in the active stage of dying its usualy within 2 to 3 days, they also have a day there towards the last where they perk up kinda like one last energy spurt.
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Today they were able to sit my grandmother up in a chair for the first time in several months. She had a good day and that makes me happy. Only God knows what he is doing. I just thank him for giving her a good day.
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