Johnny passed away peacefully in his sleep between 6 and 8am this morning (7/2/9). He has still been fairly active and happy up thru this past Sunday when we had a small gathering at our house. Monday he started having very severe pain which was treated with heavy narcotic doses. That, of course, causes alot of constipation which makes the pain worse. Well, he never bounced back after Monday. He got much weaker and incoherent. We were still trying to treat his symptoms throughout Wednesday and over night. Around 1:30am Thurs, Johnny started vomiting. We had difficulty moving him or even getting him conscious enough to turn his head to vomit. After a few calls to Hospice, various medications, new sheets and a mini bath, we got him calmed down enough to sleep. His breathing was labored-even with oxygen, but I could not give him any more medications. I tried to calm him by talking to him as much as I could. eventually, around 5:30am I finally took a short nap by him. I woke up 2 hours later and he was gone.
As soon as I discovered Johnny's death, I called a few friends, who called a few others, etc and was very soon surrounded by love and hugs everywhere in our home. As we have said many times before....we are surrounded by the most amazing group of friends that anyone could ever imagine!! We ALL leaned on each other, cried, passed kleenex, drank, ate and helped each other through a very tough day.
I need to get some sleep if I can, since I only got 2-3 hours last night and today was probably the toughest day of my life. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and strength.
I will post details of the memorial service as soon as I can.