The Final Battle
Organized by: Laura Duran
Anyone who knows my dad, can probably share a funny story or two about him. I am asking if you could share a story so I can share with my family and friends at this time. For those who don’t know my dad, well, he’s a unique character. A man of God, a Korean War Purple Heart recipient (1st Calvary); an eccentric personality with a fierce political voice. Today, he is fighting his final battle – he has congestive heart failure and will not be here much longer. He has been my only parent for the last 45 years, since mom passed away from a brain tumor at the age of 34. I moved dad in with me on Christmas Day 2006, when he was 77, so I could take care of him. He is 85 now and has been surviving the last two years with only 15% heart capacity. I lost my job in January this year and was out of work for 6 months. Good news is that I got to spend more time caring for dad, while the not so good news is that I was not working bringing in much needed income. We had to tap into his savings after I drained all that I had to maintain the household. I went back to work in June and by July 2nd, dad was back in the hospital, then rehabilitation for 3 weeks. He was released and referred to hospice on August 1st. There is no way to tell if he’s going to be around a day, a week, a month, or six months. He still has a very sharp mind and knows what’s going on as well. Although his burial will be covered since he is a Veteran, we do not have the means today to fund the costs of a funeral as we are trying to pay his medical expenses today. As I am frantically, trying to find resources to assist. Today, 8/9 is not a good day, he is in pain and is extremely weak. I have the hospice nurse on the way as I am typing this in tears. So, back to the beginning, please share your story about dad with me and God Bless You for your support.