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Old 06-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default So my dad's girlfriend has passed away...

Havent been online in a few days, so figured I'd share this to go along with all the other great news of people dying and other things...anyway, my dad's girlfriend of 6 years has(most likely) only a few days left. She has been battling with diabetes for the past couple years and last saturday she suffered a stroke and diabetic coma(blood sugar dipped down to 24). After all tests were ran, the neurologist had a meeting with my dad and her mom to explain the results and she has suffered significant amounts of brain damage due to the stroke and, barring a miracle, will never be able to live without machines. He gave my Dad until Sunday to decide what to do, either take her off the respirator and let her go, or have them install a feeding tube through her throat and she will live as a vegetable from then on. Pretty much sucks either way and they are leaning towards just taking her off the machines come Sunday, but he is holding off making that call until the last minute just incase that miracle does happen. I'll keep updating...

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Old 06-10-2009, 05:38 PM   #2
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man .........I wouldnt want that choice
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:55 PM   #3
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I went through that with my dad, except he had a heart attack. That decision to pull the plug is very tough. I wouldn't even wish that on Bob.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:42 PM   #4
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I went through that with my dad, except he had a heart attack. That decision to pull the plug is very tough. I wouldn't even wish that on Bob.
i know what you mean , up in ICU , I kept pulling my Dads eyes open , thinking if I kept his eyes open he wouldnt die , then when we finally said ok stop, My Brother still has nightmares of my Dad rollling over and asking him why ........
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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Fade, my thoughts and energies go out to you and yours. May the God and Goddess help your Father to the best decision for your family.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:00 PM   #7
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Oh man..... Please tell your father I said hello and am sending my prayers. From the time I spent with you guys I could tell you two are tight as a son and father can be. You guys are lucky to have one another. Just thinking back to Canton reminded me of ole DenFan.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:10 PM   #8
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i know what you mean , up in ICU , I kept pulling my Dads eyes open , thinking if I kept his eyes open he wouldnt die , then when we finally said ok stop, My Brother still has nightmares of my Dad rollling over and asking him why ........
It sucks man. Just really, really sucks.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:14 PM   #9
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My prayers are with yall that is one of the hardest decisions ever there is just no way you can feel totally comfortable with either one you make.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #10
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I wish your dad peace with whatever decision he makes.

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Old 06-10-2009, 08:13 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear of your news...best wishes
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:49 PM   #12
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Sorry to hear the bad news Pat. I'm sure you'll be a stong source of comfort for your Dad.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:02 PM   #13
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Thoughts and prayers to your dad and you...and her family. God Bless.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:27 PM   #14
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First Spiders dads passing made me think a lot about my dad's passing. Now this reminds me of my dad again because we as a family also had to make a decision on turning off the machines. It was really hard until we all realized how much he would hate being a machine for months and months with us all hoping his brain would come back. Sometimes you feel selfish because you don't want to let go.

How can any decision be more ****ed up to have to make? Having to decide that about a loved one is really tough.

My thoughts and prayers to your dad and the mom of his G/F. Sometimes life just sucks, but then it makes you realize how precious life really is.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:54 PM   #15
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Really sorry to hear that. Thoughts and prayers to you and your dad and all involved with this.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:25 AM   #16
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May the Good God almighty rain praises down upon her your father and her family as well as you my friend !! Put it in God's hands
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:34 AM   #17
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Always sorry to hear someone on this board with sick loved ones, my thoughts out to your family.
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Old 06-11-2009, 11:40 AM   #18
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Faider,

I'm really sorry to hear of this-stay close to your Dad, he needs the support.

I don't bring my personal life on here much, however my Brother lost his Wife last week due to complications of Diabetes, so I understand your pain-it is tough to watch someone go when there is a lot of life ahead of them-my condolences.

I cannot think of a tougher choice to have to make, and I watched a close friend stay on a Machine after a Car Accident, it is not pretty-good luck, keep you chin up-
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Havent been online in a few days, so figured I'd share this to go along with all the other great news of people dying and other things...anyway, my dad's girlfriend of 6 years has(most likely) only a few days left. She has been battling with diabetes for the past couple years and last saturday she suffered a stroke and diabetic coma(blood sugar dipped down to 24). After all tests were ran, the neurologist had a meeting with my dad and her mom to explain the results and she has suffered significant amounts of brain damage due to the stroke and, barring a miracle, will never be able to live without machines. He gave my Dad until Sunday to decide what to do, either take her off the respirator and let her go, or have them install a feeding tube through her throat and she will live as a vegetable from then on. Pretty much sucks either way and they are leaning towards just taking her off the machines come Sunday, but he is holding off making that call until the last minute just incase that miracle does happen. I'll keep updating...

Sorry for your situation .... the same thing happened with my father at Thanksgiving, he passed away the day after.

It is a very painful decision either way you go.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:55 PM   #20
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Update: Called my dad after I got off of work and got even worse news. She is now suffering seizures and has even more brain damage now, due to the rapid decline of her health the neurologist has bumped the decision up from Sunday to tomorrow at 9 am. My dad has not told me what they have planned to do with her, but I've picked up hints that tomorrow they will tell the doctor to take her off the machines, say their goodbyes, and let her go in peace.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:13 PM   #22
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Very sorry to hear about this Pat..my thoughts go out to you both
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:16 PM   #23
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Update: Before that decision had to be made, she slightly responded to a pain stimulus and was able to stay off the respirator for about an hour before struggling to breathe, so decision is now on hold to see if there is any more signs of improvement.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #24
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Good news! Hope the best for you all.
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