Friday, June 21, 2013
Methodical progression of the living
Yesterday was the most difficult so far because I looked at a photo of him as a young man of ten years--a school photo in his emblemed blazer and tie, no sign of anything but innocence. We are so young and then we get to be so old. In between, we have so many choices on how we live each day. I feel badly that Pop didn't have much of a choice in the last couple of years. A nursing home was not his choice. And that hurts my heart.
My wife has been calling several times a day. She too is feeling sad. Tomorrow she comes home. I wish that she were staying in that healing location with the sea and sand a few more days. I believe that the loss will hit her harder when she comes home.
I am going to pick up all of Pop's things today at the nursing home. That way the room will be vacated and readied for someone else. I would like for there to be another way for the sick and aged to live out their final days. Mom died at home. But Pop's medical condition with late stage liver failure was just too dire for home health care. He needed to be in a place where there was nursing care and a doctor on staff around the clock. At least, that is what I am telling myself to assuage my guilt.
I think that this morning, I'm going to a meeting. I have let the fellowship know what is going on. Once again, the local AA's have not called. I have heard from a few Al-Anon people, expressing their care and concern. But this time, I expected nothing based on the lack of response when Mom died. When the funeral staff gave me a little book so that I could write down what people brought to the house in the way of food, etc., I thought inwardly that the book will remain blank. And so it has.
Death is an uneasy subject to think about. And so much death in such a few months is even harder to imagine. At the moment, I am really okay with just being by myself, going about my day, listening to the birds, the rain coming down. It's all okay for me because I have lowered my expectations of humanity. We are just people trying to get through life until we ourselves die.