It’s 4:44pm on Friday here in Michigan. My dad is sleeping right now in the Critical Care Unit. Tomorrow he will be moved to Hospice a couple floors up. This morning the doctor filled us in on what happened. It seems that he had pneumonia that helped feed a blood infection and bacteria in the blood. Coupled with an already weak heart and kidney, the infection began to weaken his liver as well and fluid was building up around his lungs making it difficult to breathe. They put him on a ventilator yesterday and he continued to breathe with its support into the morning.
My mom, sister, and I were able to talk to him this morning. We knew his wishes were never to be on life support and he confirmed that decision to us as well. We were able to spend 30-40 minutes while they started a morphine drip just talking to him and letting friends and family talk to him as we held a cell phone to his ear.
After everyone was able to share their thoughts, we stepped out of the room and they removed all life support. The doctors had expected him to expire shortly thereafter, but he began to breathe on his own and was able to even whisper to us… sometimes quoting Scripture to us. Now we’re going on 7 hours later and he’s still breathing on his own, but he’s a little less responsive. His pulse and blood pressure are steady and he’s snoring away as he always has.
We’re not sure what to anticipate at this point. With multiple organ failure, (barring a miracle) it really is just a matter of “when” at this point. I think we all feel a peace about this… a “peace that passes all understanding” He certainly has prepped us for this moment over the last year and he is ready to meet his Savior face to face. Now we wait and see. Thanks for all your prayers – we can feel the strength of God extended through them.