I can't thank you enough for all the kind words and emails I've had during the last week. I have just returned home last night after Uncle Doug's funeral yesterday. It was an incredibly hot day in Napier and very appropriate for his farewell. I managed to speak about his love for everyone and why I loved him so very much. I have so many precious memories of the last few days
- when he reached out and gave Diane and myself a big hug and kiss and said we were "Good Girls".
- when he couldn't stop laughing.. for what reason I will never know but he really put a smile on my face. The radiation caused cerebal swelling and this caused a lot of strange behaviours during the last few days.
- when he woke and told me I looked like his mother-in-law and if I had her temperament I would be ok!
- when he told Diane and me that he was sorry we were having a bad day (when his health deteriorated)
- when he could no longer speak or open his eyes but squeezed our hands tight to acknowledge us.
- when he grabbed his son's hand tight and said his name only to fall back asleep.
- and then when he slipped away unnoticed while Diane and I were eating toast and marmalade. Just as he would have wanted.
It was so worth the 36 hour days without sleep because the staffing levels were so low in hospital.
And it was worth the stress levels when I saw in the rear vision mirror the ambulance driver falling asleep (I was so busy trying to pacify Uncle who was trying to climb off the stretcher). No wonder she kept driving onto the judder strips and staying on them.. I'd thought she was letting cars past!!! I had to shout to her over the noise of the ambulance to keep her awake and poor Uncle thought I was shouting at him and wagged his finger at me. It was not funny
Anyway thank you all again for listening and caring about your blogger friend. I really appreciate it especially now I am home alone again. However, I think I might settle into Wellington now that I don't have to worry about dear Uncle now. I think this is the start of the rest of my life.