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In Shock...

Life was pretty normal this morning. I woke up. I read backscroll from Firan. I perused the net. I checked my email. I got ready for work.

Then, I went downstairs, and suddenly things were not so normal.

I should have known something was wrong when I was getting ready for work this morning, and saw Scott up and about. Silly me, I thought he was getting ready for work, since I’d gotten the news that he finally got a job. That wasn’t the case.

Walking down the stairs, I was greeted by the sight of four uniformed people. My response to that, quite literally, was “Uhhhhh.”

Then, I saw Nancy. She was standing at the bottom of the stairs, holding out my lunch for the day, and all but pushing me out the door. It took me a moment, as I was confused, but she said we’d talk about it later.

I thought, Okay. I walked out the door.

The sight I was greeted with was an ambulance, and a fire truck down the road.

Nancy then explained that Scott’s father had slipped and fell in the middle of the night in the downstairs bathroom. He died, and she had found him that way this morning.

She insisted I go on to work. I made sure she was okay first – and she was then, but recognized she was still in shock – and let her know that I had my phone if she needed to call me. I figured the best thing I could do was go to work today, to stay out of Nancy’s way.

I don’t know how I feel about everything right now. And, I think the reason they rushed me out of the house was because he was likely still in the bathroom, not yet moved. I think I’m in some part shocked myself.

I didn’t know him very well, so I’m not as emotionally attached to him as Nancy and Scott. He lived in our house for three years, and he seemed nice enough. Every time I cooked something, he kept peeking out the door to see if it was finished yet. He seemed to enjoy the things I cooked, even the chicken dishes; he hated chicken.

On the one hand, I’m sad to see him go. On the other hand, I know it’s a huge burden off of Nancy and Scott’s shoulders. He was the only one in Scott’s family who was willing to care for him, rather than sending him off to a home, for his Alzheimer’s. They were bound to the house, and unable to go anywhere they wanted because of him. But, at the same time, while I know he was a burden, I know they cared for him a great deal, hence why they opened his home to him in the first place.

I expect a funeral either this weekend or next week; whenever the coroner gets done with him and they can make arrangements. I’ve informed the place where I work – it was the first thing I did when I went in, and have to let Manpower know what’s going on.

If you want to know about the arrangements and what not, just let me know.

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reasdream
May. 29th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs*
snarlingbadger
May. 29th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh. Hugs to you, Nancy & Scott.
bludiscus
May. 30th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. What a difficult thing for everyone.
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