I won’t go into too much detail, but when he met with the doctor on Friday afternoon and knew that his time was short due to a dangerous infection in his foot, he chose to decline food and drugs, but accepted the medication that helped him remain as pain-free as possible until the end. His main thought and motivation was to see his wife again (she passed away in 2004).
My oldest daughter is a registered nurse and has worked in the area of critical care, and has extensive experience with death and dying. Barb and I arrived at the nursing home around 8:00 p.m. and he passed away at four fifteen a.m. the next morning. She was by his side until the end. We were shocked that his death happened as quickly as it did, but we are thankful he didn’t linger any longer than necessary. We had great support from the nursing staff who took good care of Dad, and us, during the time we were there.
I’m not going to write a long post today, but just wanted to thank everyone who was a part of his life that helped him along the way as he struggled with diabetes, dementia, and other ailments over the years. We’ve been blessed by the quality of care provided by the doctors and nurses who have taken care of him along the way.
Elder Care Café was created August 3, 2008, after a period of time on Blogger.com, with the intension of sharing Dad’s story and hopefully helping others deal with aging and the side effects that come along with growing older. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll continue to post on this site, but will for the foreseeable future.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this time. We have appreciated your comments and hope to continue to hear from you. God bless you!