I have spent the last 8 hours in the ICU with my father. No other siblings came while they removed my father from Life Support. This was a decision I made the first day he was put on Life Support that if he was still on it by Monday, he would be removed. Although he has been through this many times before, he has not been intibated since Nov, and all the times after while with me never had him placed on Life Support. His CHF was resolved with meds, and BiPap. Anyway, after battling with nurses and doctors,(they were totally against it) he finally was removed, and the first words (raspy as it was) were, *I want 2 pancakes, scrabbled eggs, and coffee, NOW*. He also remembered how many days it has been since he had eaten. These last 4 days he has been on Life Support with no sedation. He has been alert and oriented.
It isn't his time, yet anyway. He is still in the critical phase, but I am at peace knowing he is no longer being kept alive by machines, he is living and breathing on his own.
Thank you everyone for your prayers. They are for sure helping me stay focused, and giving my father peace.