So Funnyjunk, I'm sure some people will hate this because it's "feels" but you guys have always gotten me through the hardest times and I just felt like I needed to come back here today.
This man in that bed is my hero, he served in the Air Force for 20 years, anywhere from Alaska to Texas, to Scotland (where he met his wife) to Germany (where my father and one of my uncles were born). He was my hero, he was my Pepe (grandfather) he was so much more than I could explain. He was the reason why I joined the Air Force, so I could be like that man who was so incredible to me. A couple months ago his condition degraded excessively quick when he suffered a stroke, losing all ability to walk and talk over time. He wasn't able to see me swear in, or even know that I had. Last Friday, they gave him 2-3 days to live, as he hasn't eaten in 2.5 months, and they finally removed him from the IV and any extra support, tomorrow will be a week of him fighting to stay alive. He hasn't been able to talk in a long time, though occasionally he tries. In this picture though, is his Sister and Brother in Law who he hasn't seen in 6 years being displayed across Skype.
He couldn't talk, he couldn't speak, but his eyes, the ones that have been glossed over for days, shot to that screen, to hear those voices and look into that screen, he raised his hand and just looked, his mouth moved and air came out and you could see him fighting to speak, yesterday I heard people talking about how technology is harming the world, but **** that, technology gave this man the ability to see his sister one last time.
And a final story that I wish I could have captured an image of, his best friend since his childhood, Butch, came for the first time yesterday minutes after this. He walked in and my Pepe shifted towards him in recognition, he sat beside his bed, my Pepe held out his hand, Butch grabbed his, and said "We were supposed to go fishing." For the first time in 3 months, my Pepe cried, he cried alongside his friend.
This is the first time I'm going to have to bury someone who've I've been close to, the first family member I've really known. This has been the hardest thing in my life because he's my hero, but thanks for reading my stories FJ...
A1C Kyle Nadeau,