Saturday, August 3, 2013

I Sure Miss My Dad


my Dad working in the copper mines

My sister was sleeping on the couch with Dad asleep in his hospital bed.....when she awoken at 4am to notice that Dads breathing was much quieter ....she went over to hold his hand for about 10 minutes until he drew his last breathe peacefully.  She said there was such an unusual feeling of peace in the room as he passed,

1976

I spent the week before with Dad.....remembering a little humor of that week eases some of the grief.

First of all let me declare that I am the worst nurse ever!

I only took my walker to stay a week with Dad....so when he wanted an egg and coffee at 2am....I cooked him an egg and rolled it over to him on my rolling walker.....he loved that!

Later Dad woke me at 5am when he was smothering.......so I rushed to give him his morphine 
but I forgot his water to wash it down with......
(he had said earlier that it tasted so bad that it could curl your toenails).
I finally found his cup of water but somehow I spilled some water on him in bed....I dabbed him dry....then I got his oxygen back on him....
we laughed when we realized it was on upside down!

2005


Later in the week.......Dad was so tired of sitting......so when he wanted to stand and stretch....I said "Dad hang on to my walker so you don't fall".....

he did but he took off walking with my walker....

so I grabbed his walker and chased him down with his walker since he was using my walker to get to the kitchen table...
we sure were a funny pair.....both of us using walkers.

Dad was such a character....I cannot put into words a lifetime of influences he had on me.

However, on July 23, 2013 this world has just lost a good man that will be greatly missed!

26 comments:

Sandra said...

Is this current or did he die in the past. this is a wonderful story and touches my heart... love the walker chase...

Karen said...

Oh Kim I am so sorry for your loss.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. I enjoyed the stories you shared, and love the pictures! Thinking of you and your family!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

My condolences. Saying good-bye to one we love is never easy.

Elephant's Child said...

Hurting for you, hurting with you. I am so glad that you have memories to cherish and to hug.

Muffie said...

Kim, I'm so sorry that you lost your Dad. Intellectually, you know he's out of pain and at peace; however, that emptiness lingers. May the wonderful memories you have provide consolation.
Peace,
Muff

Karen said...

I love the stories you shared and the pictures are great! A very nice looking family...I don't think I ever had the honor of seeing your mom in person...I didn't know she looked so much like Sis. Brown...two beautiful ladies!

I am thankful you have a lifetime of wonderful memories to hold on to until you see your folks again....

BARBIE said...

Kim, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I will be praying for you!

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I am sorry for the loss of your beloved father. I've lost mine and so know how wrenching it is. I hope you can find peace somehow.

Ginny said...

Did this just happen? I am so very, very sorry! But how wonderful that you were with him and helping him, it must have been a real comfort just to have you there. The first picture is just amazing!!!

Betsy Adams said...

What a wonderful tribute to your father, Kim. I know it was hard toward the end --but you will relish those special times forever. You all made some fabulous memories...

God Bless You---and the family. I am so sorry that you lost your sweet Daddy.

Hugs and Prayers,
Betsy

Webster said...

Kim.I'm sorry you lost your Dad. I know you miss him; My own Father died in 1998 in his sleep, though he was aware to the end. I miss him still, and think of him often. It does get easier, with time.

Birdie said...

Oh, Kim. I have been thinking and thinking about you. There is so little to say but my heart is so full for you and your family. Sending love and hugs across the miles.

Crystal Mary said...

A beautiful memory, even when you forgot the water with the morphine. That was a hard time for you. Your dad looked like Rock Hudson in the early family photo.. I thought it was him at first. Such a handsome man. And, you are a special daughter for keeping him in your heart. xx

Gail said...

I love the memories of your wonderful relationship with your Dad. Such a loss,.
Love Gail
peace.,,,,

my Mom passed July 13th 2012

~marci~ said...

Sounds like you have good memories to hold near your heart. Sorry for your loss. :(

sprinkles said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My dad died just a little over 2 years ago. I try to think of him daily, and that helps a bit.

I'm glad you were able to spend time with him before he died.

May your sweet memories of him help ease your pain.

diane b said...

You paint a funny happy time with your Dad before he died. It is good that you had that time with him and those memories to cherish. Sending sympathy in your grief.

Debbie said...

My heart goes out to you with such empathy. I have been there and done that as they say. I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. There are few blessings as wonderful as having a father like the one you had.

Small Kucing said...

My condolences to you and your family, kim

My Journey With Candida said...

I bet you do Kim... I miss mine too.

Rachel said...

My heart aches for you Kim, I lost my dad 10 years ago. We nursed him at home until the end. It was such a blessing to be able to spend his last moments with him.

There are so many things that remind me of him every day. Sometimes it's a song, or something I'm cooking that he loved to eat. You have so many wonderful memories to help keep him in your heart.

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers...

ozjane@gmail.com said...


dad's are very special ...Mine went home in 1974 and I miss him but am so glad he is pain free and at peace.
Where would we be without our Dads?
I am so grateful that my Dad was a good model for my concept of a Heavenly Father and my heart aches for those who struggle in this area.

Wanda said...

So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad Kim. May God comfort you and your loved ones during this time.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

You have some wonderful memories to keep his legacy alive, most of all his love for you.

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Hi Kim I just saw this post. I'm sending my hugs and thoughts and I'll be praying for you and yours. I love those funny times you had with your dad. Memories you can treasure till you see him again...blessings to you....

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