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My Dad


Sunday, May 05, 2013

I am back from spending 10 days in Calif with my family. My Dad has just entered hospice care for kidney failure and congestive heart failure. He and my Mom live with my youngest sister, Jan, and her husband. I am the oldest of 7 children, and 6 of us were able to be there last week. My other brother kept in touch with facetime on his ipad. My Dad will turn 87 on Monday, May 6th. He and my Mom celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary in March. He is such a good man, and it was so hard to say goodbye to him. It is only knowing that love lives on, and we will be together again eventually that gives hope and consolation. He is really unwell, and says he is ready to go. We have promised we will look after Mom for him. Please keep him and my Mom in your prayer, and all of us as we wait and watch with him during this time.
Thanks my friends. This picture was taken on a "good day" right before I left.
My Dad was a baker his whole life....and we all love donuts!

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CAROLIAN 5/6/2013 3:20AM

    Praying for you all xxx

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HAVETOGETITOFF 5/5/2013 7:30PM

    I saw the title of your blog on the side of my nutrition guide, and had to come check it out. I understand all the emotions you are going through, but you can console yourself with the knowledge your dad is in the best place possible for him at this stage in his life. I'm sure being able to talk with you all, to reassure you that he is ready to go, helped him enormously, and to know you will all make sure your mom is ok.
I lost my wonderful dad two years ago. After my mother's funeral I was driving him home and he looked at me, smiled, and told me all he wanted was to go join her. He came to live with me, and loved life in the country and before long had made lots of friends. Dad and I were always inseparable, but little by little he left the real world and spent a lot of time talking with mum, seeing her everywhere, passing on messages from her to me...
He was eventually admitted to hospice care, and I was so blessed to be able to spend his last week there by his side, 24 hours a day. It was so hard to say goodbye, but I was also happy for him at the same time, knowing he was where he wanted to be, with mum again.
I will remember you all in my prayers.
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KAYELENE 5/5/2013 4:53PM

    emoticon to you and your family. I lost my Dad just over 2 years ago and on the day he died we promised we would help to look after Mom. Thinking of you.

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DANCINCAJUN1 5/5/2013 10:43AM

    My husband's Mother passed with that last July. I took care of my Dad the last 2 months of his life so I sure know what you are going through and how so very hard it was to watch him fade but I sure would not trade that special time we had together. I still miss him so much every day but I know he is taking care of me from above. My prayers to you and your your family my friend. Roc
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JANET552 5/5/2013 8:16AM

    I'm sending prayers to you and your family. It is wonderful that your family can be with him now. Take care.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/5/2013 8:07AM

    Lovel pic of him. emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 5/5/2013 6:50AM

    Hospice is a wonderful organization. I have no idea where all those compassionate people come from but they certainly find their place with Hospice. He and your Mom have had a wonderful life together. That is a wonderful reward, but the best is yet to come. How is your niece? Your whole family will be in my prayers.

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LEXIE63 5/5/2013 3:01AM

    Thinking of you and your family at this time.
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Lexie xxx

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ZRIE014 5/5/2013 12:29AM

  i know how it must feel to you. my mother died 3 yrs ago and had a friend die just yesterday. i wish you and your family the best.

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