Granddad passed away this morning.
He got very sick last Thursday and was taken to the ER with suspected pneumonia. After evaluation, the doctor determined he had pneumonia, possibly a small heart attack, and very advanced dementia. He was not able to talk to us or feed himself at all. He had digressed so much and it was very hard to see him that way.
They transferred him to CICU, but realized over the weekend that he would never get well. He was moved to Palliative Care and taken off all support. He stopped responding to us at the beginning of the week and passed away peacefully this morning.
It has been the longest week of my life.
He was more than just a granddad. He and Grandma had a big hand in raising us. They taught us everything from how to tie our shoes to being successful in school. The most important thing he taught me was compassion for others. Even though he wasn’t always the easiest person to get along with, we always knew he would do anything for us.
Now we have to continue on without him, but I will never forget how much he cared.