Topic: My Turn
Since late October of last year, I have been coming to this board. In the beginning, it was to gather information on treatments and when my Dad chose not to pursue it, I spent less time here, but I continued to check in and keep up with the folks here.
Now it is my turn to post a final update. My father passed peacefully and thankfully very quickly. He was able to go out to dinner as recently as 10 days ago. His decline, once started, was dramatic and he did not linger; he was on morphine for only 3 days.
My deepest admiration and respect (or perhaps words of wisdom for those who are still fighting) go to those caretakers who keep their loved ones at home and help them on their journey until it ends. I have never done anything more challenging and was unprepared for how difficult it could be. That said, I would not change any moment of it because it was the rewarding experience it was meant to be.
I can't say enough about Hospice and its people. Please encourage your friends to support them.
I intend to check in periodically. I don't have as much to contribute to newcomers here since our experience wasn't as involved as so many who admirably continue to share their wisdom even after their loved one is gone.
For me, I feel called to volunteer for Hospice.
(And, Carol , if you read this, I think my dad had the same nurse as Charlie.)
With gratitude and love,