I awake this morning and begin it as any other day. I turn the clock on my phone off and set it to silent. I begin to get ready. I check the news, twitter, and what my calendar looks like for the day. I go back to check my phone and notice that I have a missed call. It is from my mother. Time stamp: 6:35 am. I call my mother and she answers. Her voice is...

Today I received a call around 8:55am from my mother. I was driving on my way to work. I had just finished saying my morning Rosary for my father. I could feel my heart begin to race. I answer the phone. My mother says, "How are you?" I answer, "Fine. How's dad?" My mother responds, "After you left last night dad stopped being restless. He slept the entire night. He was calm. He's been calm all morning long....

I spent half of Monday at work and then I spent the rest of the day working from my parents home. My mother was able to leave the home, go to a few appointments, and run and errand or two. I stayed and worked remotely, taking calls, emails, and working on a few ideas for an up coming meeting. As 3:30pm approached I went into the kitchen and open the cabinet where all of my fathers medication...

This past weekend I spent parts of Saturday and Sunday with my mother and father. My mother had specifically asked me to come over on Saturday due to a few of my fathers relatives coming to visit. She just needed the additional emotional support. During the visit, my mothers sister, husband, and her four children and their significant others all stopped over as well. As soon as my Godmother (mom's sister) entered the house she was...

My phone went off at 12:01 pm today as I was in the middle of a virtual business review. It was from my mother and it simply read: CALL ME. My heart began to race, my mind went dark, and all I could think about was getting off the damn review and calling my mother. The clock seemed to tick away for the next 29 minutes. I hopped off and called my mother immediately. When she answered her...

While at work today I happen to have the chance to sit with two members of the leadership I report into (I live in a complex matrix) and gave them an update on my father. I have to say they have all be very understanding, accommodating, and willing to give me the time I need to spend with my father and mother. It has been wonderful to be there with my father for his appointments, help...

When I arrived at my parents home this evening and walked in things seemed to be peaceful. I entered and my mother greeted me at the door. I asked her how she was doing. She looked at me and said, "I am good. Today was a good day. Your father really liked the pastor and I got the nurse I wanted." I proceeded to walk into the living room. My father was lying back in his...

Today I happen to be in a business meeting when my phone goes off. It is 2:16 pm CST. I know my father is at the medical oncologists office for his weekly appointment, labs, and preparation for his weekly infusion. It is my mother and her message reads: AT MEDICAL ONCOLOGISTS GIVING DAD AN IV TO HYDRATE, CALLING HOSPICE FOR BOWELS & ANXIETY. ALSO DOING URINE FOR INFECTION. My reply: SO HE DECIDED TO STOP TREATMENT? No response...

It's Saturday October 26th and today I went to purchase my father a birthday card. As I am in the store looking at the cards, I begin to pick them up to read. There are the small cheap funny version, the large ornate versions, and then there are others that play music or have some saying in them. As I begin to read a few of the cards, it begins to sink in, this may be...