Friday, March 30, 2007

Dad

My father, in hospital since September, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday and has now been unconscious for more than two days. We sat by his bedside all yesterday and today; I'm currently having a little break to organise a meal and check emails. I've been absent from work yesterday and today. Luckily it's the last day of term today and we had no students. I must now return to the hospital, where I've left my brother and mother. It's just a matter of waiting till the end. My dad is 87, had little quality of life left and has had what might be called a good innings. That's easy to say. But it's harder to feel. It's all very emotional. Meanwhile, his heart beats firmly on.

16 comments:

Dawn said...

I will be thinking of your family and wishing your father all the comfort in the world.

jkhenson said...

My heart goes out to you, Isabelle. You and your family are truly in my prayers and thoughts. Sending you hugs across the miles.

Anne said...

So hard to go through. Thinking of you all.

Can relate to how you are feeling that wehile it's easy to say he's had a good innings, it's still breaks your heart.

Linds said...

You and your family are in my prayers too, Isabelle. Watching and waiting is the hardest thing to do, I know. Sending you a big hug.

Zanna said...

Such an awful time for you - as you say all these platitudes are absolutely true but they don't take account of the feelings in your heart. But the memories - nothing can take them away and they'll help you a lot as you find your way through this dreadful time.
Thinking of you
Z

Tanya Brown said...

What a difficult thing it is, remembering the many good times and grieving over the fact that there probably will be no more. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Zara said...

Isabelle, I'm so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult and emotional time. I'm sending you big hugs, too.

Thimbleanna said...

Whenever you are gone more than a few days I worry that this might be the case -- so sorry to hear this news. Hopefully your good family around you will give you some measure of peace. Take good care of yourself during this time too. Thinking of you....

Kathy said...

Oh Isabelle, how sad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Alea said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your family. I wish you strength in this sad time. Hugs.

velcro said...

Isabelle I am so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of you and your family during this hard wait.

Molly said...

I'm sure your Dad has no regrets and it must have been a great comfort to him to see you every day through his illness. Hoping he goes peacefully. A big hug for you from here...

Shauna said...

ohh dear... i'll be thinking of you all! xxox

riseoutofme said...

Talk to him, tell him again and again how much you love him, hold him and let him go in love ... its nearly too hard to say goodbye ... My thoughts are with you.

meggie said...

Thoughts are with you Isabelle, it is a very hard time of life.

Gina E. said...

Oh Isabelle, my heart aches for you and your family. We sat by my Dad in his last days, even though he was unconscious by then, so I understand what you are going through. {{{{{{Hugs from Oz}}}}}}
Gina