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Nearing the End

I just got back from the hospital. Dad's declining quickly now. He isn't eating or drinking anymore, and he has a fever of 38... probably indicative of pneumonia. His breathing is really laboured. I called Mom to let her know about the fever. Usually with fever it means 24 to 48 hours.

He was staring at me, unable to talk. I'm not sure if he was seeing me at all. I held his hand, and said all the things I needed to say. I don't know if he heard me. I know when the pain roused him, that he blinked and was aware of me, but he couldn't communicate. He's frightening to look at now. He doesn't look like my Dad anymore. His head just looked like a skull, with a little bit of skin on it and eyeballs.

I hope he's not afraid. His eyes were so wide.

I don't know if he's going to make it through the night.

All I can do is pray he won't suffer for much longer.

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sarahmcc
Sep. 11th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear that. Nothing to say really, I hope his suffering does not last a long time. My stepdad's was months and it was torturous for him and us. You and your family are in my thoughts.
springsign
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, that's so sad. I'm sorry. :(
phaedie
Sep. 12th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I love you.
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