Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Sad and Stressed
Greg's dad passed away this morning. He had gotten increasingly confused and restless since last Thursday and the doctor had prescribed several medications to calm him down that ended up having the opposite effect. Late last night, the night nurse that had been sent to watch over him so Greg's mom could rest spoke with the doctor and they decided to admit him at the hospital because he hadn't slept in 24 hours.
Once at the hospital, they noticed that his blood pressure had dropped to 75 and that his breathing was very shallow and told the family to brace themselves for the end. This morning, Greg got the news that his dad had passed away. Sadly, his mom had gone home for a little bit and he passed away 20 minutes before she got back to the hospital.
Greg was at work when he got the news. I had suggested he stay home today but he needed to do something, as he felt very helpless since we have that hurricane coming so he cannot leave until after that's over. He texted me while I was grocery shopping this morning (went today to try to beat the crowds of people stocking up for the hurricane) and then we talked. He's going to leave work early today to come home but. as a manager, he needed to take care of several things since their workplace more than likely will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Our son is coming home in a few minutes and it falls to me to let him know. He's a very stoic boy so I don't expect a lot of exterior grief being on display.
I'm not close to Greg's family. I was, at a time, but we had our differences and I decided to not continue having a relationship with them because I didn't need the stress. However, I sent flowers from all of us here to my mother-in-law, to be delivered tomorrow. I would imagine that she will be very busy today, trying to figure out all the paperwork, funeral arrangements, etc.
It's almost a good thing that the hurricane is coming, it will keep Greg busy. He's hoping to catch a flight this weekend to go back to Ohio, but we're bracing ourselves for a lot of flight disturbances on the East coast so we're not sure what we'll happen.
I'm stressing about the hurricane. I decided to go shopping today and ended up buying way more things than we needed because I also needed something to occupy myself and shopping it was. Middle Son lives near Daytona Beach, which is right now in the direct path of the hurricane, so I emailed him this morning and suggested that he comes here tomorrow because it will be safer here inland than near the coast. I haven't heard back from him. Hopefully the schools will close on Thursday and Friday but right now our school district is simply "monitoring the storm". My daughter was wanting to drive to her dad's in East Orlando on Thursday but I told her this morning that I didn't want her to since his house is closer to where the hurricane is supposed to hit than ours and I don't want her driving in bad weather.
I'm monitoring the storm closely too, of course. I've made a list of tasks to accomplish and I'll do those tomorrow and Thursday. We have items to secure in the yard, lanterns to recharge, etc. We got gas for our generator last night and we also have propane. I have batteries and I got cash this morning. We have lots of non-perishable food and cat litter and cat food. We also have a lot of perishable food so that generator will be helpful if we need it. I also got more mosquito repellent with DEET. The waiting is the worst part and then worrying about friends and family too.
So we're all stressed down here at my house. Well, the adults are. I need to remember to try to be even-keeled on the outside so the kids and pets don't get their stress from me.
If you're in the storm's path, please be safe.