My Last 2 Years

Marion, Ohio
March 22, 2018 11:06am CST
My last 2 years were almost the worst of my life, but also almost the best of my life. Nothing will ever be worse I dont think than the day I lost my oldest son in a car wreck and I know nothing will ever beat the birth of my first granddaughter, but the birth of my own sons comes close. In the late summer of 2016 my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Not long after that my father had a very bad blood infection that put him in the hospital. At that point I took over all of the driving for them. With treatment Mom beat the lung cancer. In May of 2017 they told her the spots were still shrinking. But by that time Dad had 2 more blood infections and each one left him with less strength. In May we had brought him home with hospice care. But suddenly in August Mom started having problems breathing. She was in the hospital for a few days draining water from around her lungs. She came home for a week and seemed to be feeling great. Then back in the hospital. This time the water was around her heart. It was too much for her and she passed in a couple of days. At that point I took over staying with Dad. The month of August was not to bad. But in September he started going downhill fast. By the end of the month I was not getting any sleep and no help from my brother or sister. That meant he had to go to a nursing home. So on the 2nd of October he moved to a wonderful place. They were able to let him stay up at night when he couldnt sleep. The halls were also big enough that he could roam by himself in a wheelchair. That cheered him up a lot. Because of all the restlessness and weight loss he was having, the hospice nurse had already told me he was getting close to passing. He left on the 18th of October. That was what made them the almost worst. What made them the almost best was all the time I was able to spend with them before. Some little thing inside of me the last couple of years had made me start visiting them every day. Even before I took over all of the driving for them. I am very glad that I listened to that voice.
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@TheSojourner (17454)
• United States
22 Mar
I just wanted to leave you some hugs here. I get it. I'm glad that you had time with them. That was a best gift you could have given to them and they to you.
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@kaphokz (202)
22 Mar
Hello, Just always keep praying to God and he is always there for you. Keep fighting even it is very hard... Godbless!
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@LeaPea2417 (20413)
• Toccoa, Georgia
22 Mar
That is good you got to spend time with your parents.
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@andriaperry (50798)
• United States
22 Mar
I am sssooooo sorry for your loss. I do remember you going to visit everyday and that they were sick.
• Marion, Ohio
22 Mar
Thank You Yes Dad turned 90 and Mom turned 84 before they passed.