Sunday, 30 September 2007

Baby, 1 4o7e 1ou

It is so, so quiet in the house. No machines humming and whirring. Not needed any more. The boy died at 2.13am BST. He was peaceful in his own bed, Mama and Dada with him. The struggle is over. He isn't suffering any more.

These last few days have not been kind to him. This cruel disease had robbed him of all the things that he could do. All the advances he had made over the spring and summer taken away one by one. He still wanted to say goodbye to visitors, demanding to be carried to the door, even when he could barely manage a wave. But he was caught between what the tumour was doing to his body and what the medicines were doing him. There was nowhere left to go. He was a spectator on his own life, watching others do things for him that he used to do himself.

In the evening, he started to require increasing amounts of oxygen and his breathing not only decreasing in rate but also intensity. The wife got in bed with him to encourage him to breathe and massage his chest. She talked to him about needing to breathe in order to help auntie run a race. For a while it worked but after a few hours even this and more and more oxygen was not helping. So, we decided to turn to monitor and the pumps off and to stop urging him to breathe. I held his hand and the wife discussed things he liked. She went through two of his favourite recipes, the ingredients, preparation and cooling times. At the very end of the second recipe he was gone.

After a while, I dressed him in his favourite clothes and made him look presentable. Little panda with him, he looked for all the world as if he was asleep about to wake from a nap. In my sleep deprived state I kept having the illusion that could see his chest rise and fall a bit. But it isn't.

We are trying not to remember him as he was in the last few weeks but earlier. The ever-cheerful, inquisitive, sociable little boy who was full of cuddles. When the wife accused him of beastliness he always said "No. I'm a nice boy". He was right. He was a lovely, happy boy and he leaves a massive hole in our lives. We will miss you little boy.

8 comments:

Chuffster said...

How very sad mate.Your words are extremely touching and you should be proud of such an eloquent tribute to your brave little one.

Anonymous said...

So very, very sorry. There are many of us thinking of you at this time.

Anonymous said...

I'm at a loss for words to describe how sad I am for you. I have been following your story since early this year, and have prayed for the boy every day. He is at peace now, and doesn't have to suffer any more. For that, at least, you should be grateful.

That's no consolation for you or your wife, I know, but his whole being seemed to be built around the struggle to survive, and now his spirit can be free.

Michelle Roderick said...

I am a member of the ependyparents group. I am so very sorry for the loss of your son.

Holestar said...

I’m so sorry mate.
Your blog has made me rethink a lot in my own life and for that, I thank you.
I hope others can find strength in it.

My very deepest condolences to you and your family.
x

sarah's_mom said...

On this side of the Pond, my tears flowed this morning as I read your of your great, no, your extreme loss. You did right by him with your actions and words. So, so very sorry.

simon (the digital punkz) said...

so so sorry to hear this, your words are a very strong tribute. i hope you and your family have peace. keep strong

valeria said...

Even though... I'm just a kid, and I shouldn't be wandering alone on internet... I'm so sorry ...I kno they're just words but at least .....