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#172265 - 08/10/07 06:40 AM when the physical falls away...
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Last year at this time mostly I sat and watched him sleep. The closer he knew he was getting to the end the more anxious he was. Trying not to sleep. Which made him even more anxious.

But in those days, everyday...that I watched him sleep, I counted his breaths. I can not remember what the Hospice lady said to look for exactly...what they called it? But the high levels of morphine would eventually slow his breathing until it stopped.

He would take ten breaths and then stop breathing for ten or fifteen seconds. Then take another five and stop breathing for twenty or so seconds.

The irony is that our histories made this so easy to do. To just sit, watch him breathe. All day or night.

In his sleep he had conversations with my sibs that had already gone...and with my father, too. He talked to them as if they were there in the room, calling them by name. I imagined them all standing around his bed. Truthfully, that was very comforting.

One day he opened his eyes and smiled this just huge smile, looked at me, said,

"I suppose you heard all of that?"

"I did." I said, smiling. He looked embarrassed for a minute.

"You were talking to them, weren't you?"

"Yes," he said. "Dad, too." Then his expression changed. He felt guilty.

"What?" I asked.

"What do you think happens when you die?" He asked.

I suspected he was looking for something very specific.

"I think that when we die and as that part of us that is physical falls awway...so does the addiction, the disease. There would be no more need. He would be the man that made us pancakes on Sunday mornings, took us fishing on Saturday afternoons, not the man that came into our bedroom on Saturday nights."

"I think that, too," he said. The smile coming back.

"I want him to come get me when it is time." He said.

"I think that would be very cool," I said.

"Me, too," he said...and he fell back to sleep.

...and I watched him breathe.


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#172275 - 08/10/07 08:41 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: ttoon]
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Dave,

Please don't take this the wrong way - but, did this really happen this way or this the way you would have wished it to be?

the reason i ask is because my dad, too, abused me. whne he was on his death bed i refused to go see him in the hospital even though he was asking for me. this makes me wonder if i missed something as important as what you described...i am sitting here crying cause i may have messed up badly.


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#172277 - 08/10/07 08:42 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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This is factual, Buzz.


It really happened.


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#172279 - 08/10/07 08:45 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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This is factual, Buzz.


It really happened.

But...I don't think you've messed up at all. Nope, not at all.

We still have relationships with them...even now. You get to choose what you want to do with that. You will always have that available whenever you are ready or willing....and if you choose not to, that is okay, too.

Recovery, I think...is about choice.

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#172280 - 08/10/07 08:45 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: ttoon]
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so where did you and your dad get to about the abuse?


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#172281 - 08/10/07 08:48 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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We never actually discussed it. When he was alive.

Right now...where I am with it...is that I am REALLY angry.

Which, I think...is right where I am supposed to be right now...


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#172282 - 08/10/07 08:50 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: ttoon]
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i see. didn't mean to pry...your post just really struck me.
can i ask if your story is posted?
thanks,


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#172283 - 08/10/07 08:52 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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It was...but I got angry and pulled it...LOL...

See...angry...

I'll have to do it again...


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#172284 - 08/10/07 08:52 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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are you going to the Mike Lew retreat in PA next weekend? i am going to be there. i thought i remembered you posting something about that a while back.


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#172285 - 08/10/07 08:54 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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in your own time man, about your story.


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#172286 - 08/10/07 08:56 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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I am...I'll be there.

LOL

I am trying to put your picture in your avatar into the faces I recall there...

You might recall my teddy bear, Dylan...from last year.


:-)


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#172287 - 08/10/07 09:04 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: ttoon]
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oh, I have never been to one. this is my first.


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#172291 - 08/10/07 09:18 AM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: buzz_key]
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Ohhhhh...ok. I thought you had, sorry,

Okay then!

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#172414 - 08/10/07 03:28 PM Re: when the physical falls away... [Re: ttoon]
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this is amazingly well written dave.
thank you for posting.

~B

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