This post is about a topic some of you may not feel comfortable reading or thinking about so please feel free to tune out now.
If you have been following my blog for a little while, you may know my Dad's health is failing. He has pulmonary fibrosis and with each passing day he finds it harder to breathe even with the assistance of oxygen. I call him everyday on the phone as he lives in Western Australia and I live in Victoria. It's a wonderful thing to be able to do.
Today I heard my Dad's voice, a voice I've never heard before, a voice that was weak and tired, so very tired. It was also the voice of inevitability that his time with us is not long. We/I have known that he would be traveling down this road, a road that would be difficult for him to experience and his family to watch. This morning he said soon it would be time for him to sleep. I know he can't be with us forever, that is not the cycle of life but I want one more opportunity to see him as I am visiting my parents in a few weeks. I told him I'd like to see him again and he said "I'll try and stay awake."
Oh how I've cried today. The process of acceping his mortality, the sadness that goes with knowing that one day soon I will no longer be able to hear his voice, give him a hug, share a joke and tease him about drinking the left over mint sauce after a roast lamb dinner.
This post is not about me looking for sympathy, merely a need for me to express what's inside, acknowledging feelings, appreciating my Dad and what he means to me.
So Dad, if you can manage it, stay awake just a little longer for me.
Little trouble xx