Day Three Hundred Four

The phone rang just after 5:00 a.m. this morning.  It was Pam.  She had just received a call from the hospital.  Dad was unresponsive.  He had a pulse, but was not responding.  Pam jumped into her car and headed to the hospital.  I hopped into the shower and headed into work so I could check in just in case I needed to return to Arizona.  I arrived at the office just after 6:00 a.m.

Approximately 20 minutes after arriving at work, I got the call from Pam.  The staff did what they could, but they were unable to revive him.  We lost Dad just after 6:00 a.m. Phoenix time.  Unfortunately, Pam didn’t make it to the hospital before he passed.  The doctors were still trying to work on Dad when she arrived, but he was already gone.  The hospital staff allowed Pam to sit with Dad for as long as she needed to.  The doctors asked Pam if they could perform an autopsy on Dad as they were not sure where the bleeding was coming from still.  However, they were fairly certain he bled to death.  Pam signed the papers for the autopsy, grabbed Dad’s personal belongings and headed home.

Kelly had taken Walker to Lori’s house for me this morning until we could figure out what we needed to do.  Pam asked that we come right away to assist with arrangements for Dad.  Dave came home, we packed for the three of us, picked up Walker at Lori’s and headed to Arizona.  I captured some photographs of a full rainbow just outside of Palm Springs, though it was tough shooting through the car window.  We arrived at the house around 7:00 p.m.  Leslie, Brandon and Faith arrived around 10:30 p.m.  Bryan, Linda and the kids are scheduled to arrive in the morning.  Kim and Jessica are flying in to Phoenix at approximately 11:45 a.m. tomorrow.  With everyone here tomorrow, we will decide what to do for Dad to carry out his remaining wishes.  It’s going to be a tough week.

As a side, I wanted to thank everyone who posted their condolences on Facebook, the phone calls, text messages and postings through my PG101 photo group.  It is comforting to know the family is surrounded by friends and lots of love at this difficult time in our lives.  Thank you again.

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