Was it only two weeks ago Dad and I were at the AFC Championship with my brother-in-law?
Dad has been a season ticket holder for 51 years, a father for 46 years, and a father-in-law for 21 years. He loved all three, but his family was his great love. Watching the depth of my brother-in-law’s pain this week has been a testament to their relationship.
Was it only last Tuesday night we took him to the ER assuming the main problem was dehydration?
Eden Lost and Eden Regained woven in and out through the days in the form of failing systems, pain, and death AND relationships, investment and love. It has been a strange time warp where so much and so little has happened. I think eternity must feel a bit like that too :).
Bottom line is Dad’s liver and kidneys have failed and after several days of trying to decide the best treatment option, the decision has been made to focus on “comfort care” and not treatment. Our parents built a bridge out of their lives for our family and others to walk on, so though this is an unpleasant path, we are together in the decision and traveling in a pack, albeit a weepy one!
Was it only yesterday he was transferred to hospice?
We have moved from the vocabulary of months, to weeks, to days. Thankfully, dying of kidney failure will be painless for Dad.
Yesterday was a special day of life long friends visiting — and as hard as it may be, the reality is sinking in that very soon, these precious days will be behind us. At this point our prayer request is for a quick death, ability for us to sleep at night, and continued presence of the Holy Spirit as we adjust to this new normal that isn’t quite here yet.
We are united, sad, grateful, comforted, weepy, stunned, functioning on auto pilot, carried, and at peace. And remembering a phenomenal man who will soon be with Jesus.
For all the Youngs, we thank you for your love and prayers. Amy