Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A long 3 days.....

In the last three days my world has been turned upside down. My father was diagnosed with leukemia and we were told that he would probably only be with us for two or three days. One of my brothers raced here from the country and my uncle flew over from Devonport to join my mother, me and my other two brothers. Although he was very weak we had a lovely day with him yesterday - one that we will all treasure. He even spoke to Bec on the phone. He knew he had a difficult road and spent some time with his minister. The doctor kept telling us how brave he was. He deteriorated rapidly over night and passed away this afternoon with all his family around him.
The care and dignity shown to him and the family by the doctors and staff on 33N at Monash was wonderful - a room change away from a noisy door, making sure we had enough chairs and keeping him as comfortable as possible the whole time. Palliative care staff and social workers dropping in to look after all our needs and queries. We were kept informed at all times and nothing was too much trouble. I thank you all.


Shirl said...

Dear Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Sending you lots of love.

Anonymous said...


My love goes to you and your family. I'm so glad you got to spend those last days with him, it's a memory you will treasure forever.


Morty xxxooo

Vesna said...


My heart goes out to both you and your family. I am glad that you all had some time with your father as a family, something that you can all cherish forever.
You and your family will be in my thoughts.


wendy treseder said...

So sorry about your Dad Karen. It's shocking that it happened so quickly, but lovely to think of him in peace.

Don't be too brave - take care of yourself.

Amy Bland said...

Dear Karen,

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. I will be thinking about you and your family at this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

With Love,
Amy x

P.S. I am glad you had an ok hospital experience at my Hospital. xx

tanlou5 said...

Karen,I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and love I send to you and your family. It is 2 Years since I watched my Mum pass away from cancer. It was lovely that all your family got to spend time with him, even your brother from Devonport.

Love Tania