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The Man in the Bed

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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 09:29 PM
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The Man in the Bed

Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
The sound permeated the otherwise silent room. We stood looking at the source of it. The machine that made him breath. Silent monitors showed that his heart still beat. The man, my father, lay there; a husk of meat and bone, and nothing more. His tongue poked out of his mouth like a pink slab of ham. I could see the dents where he'd bitten it during one of his seizures. I looked away, back to the screen that showed his hearbeat.
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh
His chest rose. Fell. Rose again.
My girlfriend's firm grip on my hand was all that told me that this was real, instead of some surreal dream. It anchored me to the world while I tried to reconcile my mind to the thought that I was there in the room. I squeezed her hand. She never gave a sign if it hurt her or not. She squeezed back.
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
I'd seen him in another hospital room, in another city, not long before. It was days before his birthday and he was upset about being there. He looked fine, other than that. He had originally gone to take his wife in because she couldn't breathe. They ended up keeping him, too. They both had pnuemonia. Her case was more mild than his and she was already out. The nurses had said that he was getting better and should be home for Thanksgiving.
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
I looked across the room to my brother, Dan. I wondered if the same thoughts that were going through my head were also going through his. I doubted it. He'd always been closer to the old man. Dad and I hadn't been close. We'd never understood each other, no matter how hard we'd tried. There had been years where I cut off all contact with him. We'd started talking the year before, trying to patch up our relationship. I like to think that we would have done it if things had gone different. There was just so much I blamed him for.
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
"Do you want to go get something to eat, hon?"
Joan's voice jerked me out of my reverie. I looked up at her. "Sure. My sugar's getting low. I need some air."
"Go on ahead," my dad's wife, Donna said, "If anything changes I'll have them page you."
We left the room. Dan followed us out and down the hall. "I don't know if I can do it," he said, "I hate seeing him like that."
He was talking about turning off life support. Donna had told us a couple days before that she wanted us to make that decision.
"I don't know if I can, either. Let's just wait and see."
We left the hospital not long after. Joan had to go home and I had to go to work the next day. Dan and I kept in contact over the phone. Nothing had changed. He would let me know if something did, as he lived closer to the hospital and had been able to take time off of work so he could be there.
A couple of days passed. It was hard to get through. Too much was on my mind and I couldn't focus on the work. My supervisor understood and didn't give me any crap if I messed something up. I just couldn't wrap my head around the situation. There was so much I wanted to know but saw my chance of learning the truth slipping away every second.
There had never been enough food when we were growing up. There had been days when all we ate was soup for every meal because it was cheap and there just wasn't anything else. Mom said that it was all Dad's fault because he didn't pay child support. Just like it was his fault that we moved so much and I was never able to make friends. I didn't know if it was the truth or not. They'd both used my siblings and I as pawns in their little game; playing us off of each other on a whim.
"Your dad is worthless. You're just like him."
"Your mom hurt me so much. She always does."
I didn't know who to believe. There were just so many questions that I needed answered. Why did he drop Dan and I off in the alley behind Mom's place in the middle of the night with all of our belongings in garbage bags, like a couple of stray dogs. Why hadn't he come to see us for so long after that? Why? Why? Why? Why?
A few days had passed and we were back in the hospital room. Dan had called and told me that I had to come. Dad was slipping. "Hurry. He's going."
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
His chest rose. Fell. Rose again.
We stood watching him. He sat up and started jerking. His whole body spasmed. Blue eyes opened and saw nothing. They were empty, glassy; a doll's eyes. The siezures had gotten worse. I wanted to look away. I couldn't. I stood mesmerized as he thrashed on the bed and bit his tongue. A nurse hurried over to one side of the bed. Donna went to the other side.
"Tommy, Tommy, it's okay. Lay down."
I wanted to scream. It was locked in my chest and wouldn't come out. Joan's hand tightened on mine. I was able to look away. I looked across the room and into Dan's eyes. He was crying. We shook our heads in helplessness.
Dad's body settled back down onto the bed. The lines that measured his heartbeat became more and more irregular. They flattened. The room filled with a tremendous stink. We all knew what it meant.
Whoosh...Thoosh...Whoosh...Thoosh...
His chest rose. Fell. Rose; bringing lie to the fact of his death. The nurse disconnected the machines. His chest fell and did not rise again. Donna sobbed and rushed to his side; buried her face in his chest. Dan was sitting in a chair, weeping. I looked to Joan. Her eyes were filled with tears that trickled down her cheeks. My eyes were dry.
"It's okay, hon. It's okay," Joan said with a quavering voice. She meant it was okay to cry. I wanted to. I did. The agony and tears were there, eating me up like a cancer but nothing would come. It could not come.
Nine years have passed since that day. His face still haunts my dreams. So do the unanswered questions. I wake up in the middle of the night, reaching for a cigarette to calm my nerves and wishing that I still drank.


I wear the mask of a clown but these are the things that mark me. These are the scars that mar me.


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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 09:41 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

OMFG Bro! This is Incredible!! From real life, May I ask?
If so, Wow. I am Sorry. If Not then, Dam Man, You Rock!!...



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 09:54 PM
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a reply to: SyxPak

Thanks. Yes, it's from real life. I really wouldn't wish it on anyone.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 09:55 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

Good Grief Man. I am Sorry. Bro Hug Dude...


Here Man... I've Had Him for a long time here. Yours now...


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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 10:02 PM
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a reply to: SyxPak

Thanks, man. He isn't in pain anymore.
I like the wolf. It's cool.



posted on May, 24 2015 @ 10:06 PM
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Wow...i am so so sorry...but i couldnt read it all..i started to cry...this so made me think of my dad..it was one of the hardset things i had to ever do..just wow..i jished i could have read more of it..maybe i will tomorrow..but it hit me at the part when you wrote..He was talking about turning off life support..thats where i so lost it...i am very sorry this happen to you or any one..HUGS to YOU....

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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 10:08 PM
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a reply to: ccbears

It's okay if you can't read it all. I don't want you to hurt. Sorry it made you cry. Sorry about your dad, too. I know that it's hard.
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posted on May, 24 2015 @ 10:13 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

Syx...



posted on May, 25 2015 @ 07:16 AM
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I got all choked up. Lost my own Dad 8 years ago. I know how hard that is. I know your Dad wouldn't want you to be haunted by questions without any answers. Surely he loved you and you love him too. He lives on in your heart and has a better life now without pain. Hugs!



posted on May, 25 2015 @ 07:19 AM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

thanks...its always hard when you lose someone you love so much...i did read it again..i really like it...

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posted on May, 25 2015 @ 08:07 AM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

Wow, good story, you say its its based on your life, and, I was wondering, if you wish you had made contact with your dad earlier; I apologize if the question is too personal, my dad left me and my mom earlier, some number of years.



posted on May, 25 2015 @ 10:09 AM
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a reply to: Night Star

Thanks. Yeah, it's hard. Sorry to hear about your dad.



posted on May, 25 2015 @ 10:11 AM
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a reply to: ccbears

You're welcome. I hope reading it didn't hurt so much this time.



posted on May, 25 2015 @ 10:13 AM
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a reply to: godkiller

It's not too personal. Yeah, I wish we had reconnect sooner.
Have you talked to your dad since, or has he never contacted you?



posted on May, 26 2015 @ 08:18 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

I refuse contact after he has treated my mom, and I think will keep on refusing.



posted on May, 26 2015 @ 08:31 PM
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originally posted by: godkiller
a reply to: Skid Mark

I refuse contact after he has treated my mom, and I think will keep on refusing.

I don't blame you.



posted on Apr, 15 2016 @ 11:47 PM
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a reply to: Skid Mark

You know Skid,
I think it's something people have to experience to truly understand...

That moment when another human takes their last breath in your presence and the past and the pain, the good and the bad, and the future without them all comes flooding into you. Then quickly, it seems, they're gone.

It truly is a life altering event and to be privileged to be there at the moment. The moment that they take their last breath and leave this earth is truly awe inspiring...to me. It's something I'm not sure how one ever gets over, completely.

It must mean something besides just physical death...



posted on Apr, 15 2016 @ 11:52 PM
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a reply to: TNMockingbird
I know what you mean. There's no coming away from something like that unchanged, not if you're normal.




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