Last thoughts for my dad & thank you to all
It has been a little over two weeks since my dad passed away. We're doing better. It was like going through a war - so intense, so shocking! My brother wrote a fabulous obituary which appeared in the LA Times and our local paper, and we have heard from so many of my dad's friends and admirers. It has helped us move past the terribly difficult experience we had at the end, and begin to focus on my dad's long and fascinating life, and his impact on so many people. He was truly an old-style gentleman and scholar. There won't be many more like him.
I want to say thank you to everyone here for all your kind words on that last thread. I am proud of this community here at the Cat Forum! The bonds we make here are friendships and connections too - even though they are not face-to-face. I really appreciated every note I read.
As a final note, I do plan to write to my father's clinic - for the purposes of educating and warning physicians on the dangers of the antibiotic family which took his life. I hope they listen. We are not going to sue, since none of us want to be grilled by hostile insurance company attorneys. Hubby and I have experience with that through worker's comp, and we can't see putting my mom through it.
My last thought on this - if any of you are serving as helpers for elderly loved ones: check into having your parent or relative be under the care of a geriatric doctor, instead of or in addition to the regular doctors. Many of them understand and specialize in drug interactions. Honestly, we take our kids to pediatricians for that reason, I do not understand why it is not a given that patients of a certain age are not encouraged or even required to have more specialized physicians helping with their care. I am certain it would have helped my father.