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She's Gone...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I blogged about "The Prospect of Losing Her" in April 201o. Tonight that was no longer just a prospect, but a sudden sad reality. She's gone...

Since her fall that disabled her in January 2010, she has been hospitalized numerous times with serious infections. Yesterday she was taken to the hospital, and we anticipated it would be a similar episode. A few days of hospitalization, and she would be home with her father again.

This afternoon while on my way to my brother's house to celebrate my nephew's second birthday, I received an urgent call from her sister that the doctor asked about her DNR. There was a 90% likelihood that she would not make it. A few hours later I received a call from another sister that she has been taken off the respirator, and she didn't have much more time. I rushed back to find her two sisters by her bedside sobbing. Her brother and brother-in-law sat in silence. They had been with her for hours and desperately needed a dinner break. Her brother and I remined by her side.

Not soon after I noticed her breathing became even shallower. Her brother held her hand as I watched her take her last breath. She was gone...

Right now my mind is blank. I don't want to think about the past. I don't want to think of the challenges ahead. Right now I am just going to surrender to the quiet and let my mind be blank...
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