Last Wednesday, we received the most awful news we could.. at a family meeting with the medical staff of Middlemore Hospital.
My wonderful Dad was told he had small cell lung cancer, and he couldn't have any chemotherapy or radiation therapy.... just palliative care. 4 months they said we had with our precious Dad.
The next day they took out my Dads chest drain, and on Friday we took our dad home to Kaitaia. He was so stoked to come home!
He had a terrible night that night, exhausted from travelling, and early hours of Saturday morning he had some trouble breathing... Palliative care came in the middle of the night and he settled right back down. Saturday we got most of the family together and they got to spend some time with Dad even though he was stuck in bed, we had a family bbq and catch up.
Sunday Dad had an awesome day...up and about almost as good as normal...eating with us at the table, fooling around with us taking photos and having the kids crawl on him (as usual).
Monday Dad woke feeling quite sore and nauseous, Palliative care came out and did a proper assessment etc... and gave us some meds/booklets etc.... later that night he got puffed/breathless and then passed away at approx 8.45pm surrounded by myself, my brother, Mum, his sister and his grandchildren.... <3
This last week has been a total nightmare for my family.... heartbreak like we have never before experienced...
Tonight I found a post/tribute that I wrote back in September before my Dads 60th birthday.... you can read that HERE sums up how much I love My Dad... he has even commented in the comments section, and when I read that again tonight...I bawled like a baby...
Thanks to all my beautiful bloggy friends for all your support and love <3 xx