Apr 14, 2012 - 8:04 pm
Our son David departed this earthly plain peacefully this morning. I was sleeping in the recliner next to his bed and woke up at about 4 am, noticing that the oxygen machine sounded different..quieter. I immediately got up to check him, and he was not breathing. He must have just passed because he was still warm. His eyes were closed but his mouth was partly open in a half smile. I woke up my husband Jim and our daughter Hannah and we sat around his bed for a while, crying, and hugging him and each other. We then called the Hospice Nurse, who was here within 15 minutes. Within an hour, the funeral home came for his body.
David had been having a few bad days, mainly due to the aspiration pneumonia (he had been having trouble swallowing for about a week). But yesterday, he rallied some, I think mainly because Hannah arrived home on Thursday. We got out some old pictures of some trips we've taken together and he seemed to enjoy that.
We knew that this day would come at some point, but now that it is here, it seems so sudden and unbelieveable.
We are OK for now but I feel like we're embarking on uncharted territory. Living without David in our life will leave a huge hole that can never be filled, but the love and prayers of our friends and family will get us through.