I truly appreciate everyones well wishes.
He was taken out by a series of strokes and bad heart rythm in just a
few days, he recovered enough early this morning to insist that no
rescuitation be done should he get worse, he was ready and the family
abided by his wishes. Yea, I'll miss him but that makes it easier.
Re-posted in honor of both of our grandfathers:
That's not the way I want to go, I saw my father-in-law take 8 months to
die, little by little bit, in a nursing home. We tried to care for him in
our home over a weekend. Just about killed our backs lifting him up from bed
so he could go to the bathroom. We just couldn't do it for more than the
weekend. Now I am in my 70th year, and hope that I go fast. Fast is hard on
the survivors but at least it is over and done without guilt and remorse.
Up here in Canuck land, many facilities use a device called a Hoyer
lift. Various models are available with a sling lift. It actually
works quite well, as long as it's charged up. Not really all that
expensive either relatively speaking.
The used it for me this past pre Christmas season until I got enough
strength back in my legs. They're also available for rent and well
within the purview of the home user.
Our condolences. However, it sounds like your grandfather lived life
to the end. He, and your family are fortunate for that.
All four of our parents spent months, even years in nursing care and
that can be tough on everyone.
On Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:53:23 -0600, the infamous basilisk
Condolences, basilisk. I hope you got to visit with him in his latter
days. I got to say goodbye to my dad the day before he died. That
really helps when you lose someone.
90 and building a house. Wonderful! May we all be as lucky.
Celebrate his life!
The greatest fine art of the future will be the making
of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.
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