Really not sure how to start this post out! My family and I have been going through a VERY difficult time the last couple of weeks. It all started around lunch Thursday, June 9th. I was at the mall with my boys picking up some last minute things for our big weekend in Kentucky--my 20 year class reunion. My phone rings and it is my niece and she is upset and can hardly talk. My brother-in-law had woke up sick and with in a hour got so bad he was unresponsive. So we left the mall and hit the road to the house, called Kev and told him what was going on. By 2 when were on our way to the hospital in Madisonville. Before we got to far down the road Lori called again and said he was been life-flighted to Barnes Jewish in St. Louis (that is where he had has Bone Marrow Transplant last April).
We got to the hospital around 10:30 and go the news that things were not looking good. Not only did he has pneumonia in both lungs, but he also had some kind of blood infection and it was causing his organs to shut down. We spent the night in the hospital and it was a very rough night--full of ups and downs.
Friday things seemed better and he even became alert so that we were able to have some time with him and he could shake his head to answer us. We all told him how much loved him and wanted him here, but if he was too tired to keep fighting we understand. We all needed that time with him and God gave it to us.
Saturday around lunch things started going down hill again. By mid-afternoon we were told that he was not going to make it that this infection was just too much for him. It was just unbelievable to hear. He had been doing so good for almost a whole year and to just go downhill so fast and so unexpected.
We all gathered around him, touched him, prayed over him and said that it was okay to let go--that we knew where he was going and we could see him again. He passed away while we were all there with him. Over the next few days we made arrangements and laid him to rest.
It has been a little over a week since he died and it still doesn't seem real to me or any of us. We miss him so much, but know he is no longer suffering and that gives us comfort. He fought hard for 3 long years and never complained once, he was an amazing person that we all loved very much. Please pray for my family!
This is my husband, Kev with his brother this past Thanksgiving.