Sunday, 22 April 2012

Life and Death

On Wednesday, Mark needed to speak to the owner of one of our suppliers and was so shocked when he was told that he was not available, because his wife had died on Monday morning. It was a huge shock, because he is a young guy, early thirties and she died of natural causes. We have since found out that she is only 26 years old. As far as Mark was aware she was a fit and healthy young woman or so he thought. They always went hiking and running and doing outdoor things. They had just come back from a holiday the other day, so to hear that she died from an illness was unbelievable.

The medical reason is a bit confusing, but it is really sad. I don't know the guy that well, having only spoken to him on the phone a couple of times and seen him once, I know his cousin quite well, who works for him. He always comes to the workshop and chats. He told us that she had diabetes for three years, but they only diagnosed it 2 months ago and her gall bladder was completely shot, so they had to remove it last week. she was very ill and died on Monday morning. The cousin saw her on Sunday and although she was very ill, she was speaking to him. He told us that her husband, his cousin asked him if he wanted to go down to the coffee shop at the hospital with him to have something to eat and he remembers as clear as anything him saying whilst they were having their coffee how he said "at least now the worst is over" and not in a wishful thinking way, but he genuinely believed the worst was over and that she was getting better and then she died not even 12 hours later. I know exactly how that feels, because I honestly believed that Clint would live, I never once thought my child would die and I remember one of the doctor's saying the next two hours were crucial and I was just waiting for those two hours to end then I believed that it would be all uphill from there on, but the end of the two hours was the end of his life.

Life is so cruel and unfair - you are not supposed to die when you are young. They had just bought a new house and were planning to start a family, but instead she is dead. Getting old or being diagnosed with a terminal illness does not mean death is knocking at your door - living means death is knocking at your door and it can happen at anytime.

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