Bye Daddy

by Kimberly
(Mesa, AZ)

I moved to AZ 4 years ago from Nashville, TN leaving all of my family and friends. During this 4 yrs I did not realize my father's health was deteriorating. Dad had a stroke and then they thought he was doing better he went to rehabilitation. Then he had a turn for the worse possible 2nd stroke in the hospital hitting his pancreas. He was rushed to ICU his intestines backed up and he had to have emergency exploratory surgery. Mom was in denial so I did not realize the situation was as serious as it was. Doctor's told my mom that this would be a hard hit on his body and it may fight itself and this was a very high risk. Doctors removed 4 inches of his small intestines. He was in critical condition. Mom left at 4am and he died 8:30 pm. Mom called me in AZ. I was shocked. The hardest thing for me is the fact I missed so much time and not able to say Goodbye. He was cremated and we were able to see him before the cremation. The service was hard. I stayed in Nashville for 6 weeks because my mom needed me. I had to return to AZ because of my medications. I realized after I got home I never grieved my loss. I put her first and tried to hold myself together. I was ill myself and recently released from the hospital 2 weeks before Dad died.

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