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So yesterday I woke up to something I thought I might wake up to each day for the past several months. My Father passed away and I was the one who found him. For the last 20 months I have slept on a couch at my Sister’s apartment while helping to take care of him.
When my Mom passed in September of 2014 it was sudden and I really didn’t have a chance to say goodbye, no one knew her heart was that bad and we never had time to at least be there as she passed. I remember thinking would it have been better, better is not really the right word, but more favorable if we had time to visit her and be able to say goodbye for a week.
Well I got my answer, My Father went into the hospital in December of 2014, when I got to the hospital, my one Sister told me this is probably it. My Father survived that, and then a few more bouts in the hospital. My Sisters would always say he has nine lives. He survived a lot of things, I one time saved his life back in 2003, he survived falling and breaking a hip in a blizzard and crawled his way home. My Father had COPD and that had also damaged his heart, he was on home hospice but managed to stay alive, and he was actually taken “off” home hospice, as according to one nurse, he had plateaued and wasn’t failing fast enough. It’s rough to see the progression, my Sister said she wanted him to pass away at home because he was so afraid of hospitals. That gave me pause, I wasn’t sure that everything could be handled there if other things gave out, he was on oxygen 24/7, his bladder had shut down so he had a permanent catheter, he was feisty til the end, on Monday we could tell things were declining faster, I remember the one nurse said, that look you want him to die at home so one day he is going to do that, you may have to watch him gasp and choke and it could get really bad. Luckily he went peacefully, luckily I found him because my Sister’s would have been much worse off than they already are today. My Father was 75 and making it to 75 was an incredible feat considering all the circumstances.
Too all those that have lost parents my heart goes out to you, to those who have their parents make sure you enjoy them.
Thanks to all those who reached out with their condolences.
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