My dad passed away yesterday (Wednesday… just about 13 hours ago).
It was somewhat expected, just not now, and not so quickly. From the time he was admitted to the ER on Saturday, it took less than two days before the doctors said there was nothing more they could do, and then less than two days from that until the end.
I guess the biggest lessons there are that it can take drastically less time than you think and that, for all their talents, doctors are not great at predicting death. Even Tuesday night, when we were deciding on next steps, we were being told 1-3 weeks. Wednesday morning we were told maybe days. It ended up being hours.
I’m okay. We’re okay. I was here, and had a chance to say goodbye and spend some time with him while he still recognized us and was able to (attempt to) communicate. And the sudden precipitous decline is a blessing in that it means he didn’t suffer in the end, which I am incredibly thankful for.
Also thank you to everyone that has been so understanding and supportive through this. All of you are amazing.
It’s May, so life’s photojournal and stats have been updated. Surprisingly few photos this time around (averaging about 1000 a month). Also the Costa Rica trip accounts for around 1/5 of the total photos, but even then, clocks in under 900 photos. I guess I’m getting better at editing down what photos to save? (Certainly doesn’t feel like I’m taking any fewer photos than usual.)
I’ve been reading quite a few articles lately on the interwebs about income, savings, and general money things in the US. Here’s a few interesting articles, presented without comment for now, mostly because I’m not really sure how to consolidate my thoughts and opinions on financial situations and things right now.
Unrelated to anything, here’s my XKCD garden. It has a Neko Atsume cat in it, hiding behind the bush in the middle.
Chloe and Brent came over for dinner today, and Chloe asked me how life was, and I really couldn’t think of anything bad in my life right now. Sure, I might want to quit my job and just relax or travel forever (not because of work, but because not-work is always a more attractive opinion), but realistically, everything in life is going well, and I don’t have any complaints about any situation (home or work) right now. I think I’m just incredibly fortunate in many ways in life.
So yay for life and things, at least?