I went to Palmerston North Hospital on Friday to help and support my Uncle and NO 2 dad, through his radiation treatment on his spine and his eye. Sadly the radiation on Uncle Doug's eye affected his brain and on Sunday he started deteriorating and his kidney's shut down. On Tuesday he was bought back to the rest home in Hawkes Bay where he died peacefully Wednesday morning. My late cousin's wife and I were both there all night and the nurse thought it he was still strong enough to go through the day, but he fooled us all and slipped away within 20 minutes, while we were munching on toast.
Just what he would have wanted.
It has been hard but at the same time rewarding and comforting to be there with him. His last sentence to us on sunday were "I'm sorry you girls have had such a bad day". That sums up my Uncle .. he always thought of others before himself!
I am going to miss him dearly but he is at peace with my beautiful Aunty Shirley, my cousin Ross and my Dad .. and he will be free of pain and suffering.