Saturday, February 09, 2013
It was not really unexpected, but it happened a little more suddenly than I thought it would. He really didn't seem that bad over Christmas. I am so glad we got up there to see him! Apparently he developed a blood infection (septicemia, maybe?) after a urinary tract infection. I guess one's body starts to break down and all these infections occur when you get to that age in many cases.
My brother Rob and his wife took excellent care of him. We're going to try to go up to PA for a gathering 2 weeks from tomorrow at my brother's house. It will be good to remember old times, and as Rob says, laugh and cry. It's nice to now know what he is made of. We have not been too much in touch lately, since there were several years that I didn't make the holiday trip.
I'm really OK with this. He didn't suffer and didn't have to live through his mind totally deserting him. He turned 86 on Groundhog Day, just a week ago. He was a good man who took care of his family. I will miss him.