Sunday, June 12, 2011
OLD AGE IS NEVER EASY
Just weeks away from Father's Day, my Dad struggles to keep his strength. His Pulmonary Fibrosis is taking a toll on him and his decline has been fast and furious over the last two weeks. He was lucky enough to have a doctor who was willing to give him an experimental drug that allowed him a few more years to build memories with his family. For those who are familiar with the disease, it often takes hold quickly and life expectancy is short. He has lost so much weight and he sleeps most of the time. His voice, though never "booming", sounds weak at best.
My daughter wanted to take a picture of them together. Children often "sense" things. I think she knew this might be the last picture she had of him. He smiles when he sees her, and she is not afraid to go over and give him a kiss or hug.
She is so happy with her picture. And, though his fragile frame tugs at my heart, I am glad I took the picture for her.