Saturday, December 22, 2012
Working in African hospitals, death is no stranger. And while, after years of studying and practicing medicine I have a better understanding of the causes and processes of death, it is always a different experience when it is your loved one that is ferried by Charon across the river Styx. Having seen the suffering involved in long, painful deaths associated with cancer, TB, and AIDS, I'm comforted knowing that this was not in Tio Mike's cards. But what a sudden death takes away from us is the chance to ask the departed those questions we've been meaning to ask, to ask for forgiveness, and to say thank-you, I love you, and good-bye.
I'm heading home to Corpus in a few days for the funeral and to see the familia. And if I'm lucky, we'll go see a good fantasy movie, perhaps the Hobbit, and sit over a good beer and pizza at B and J's, and we'll have a chance to reminisce and be thankful for the time we had with our Tio Mike.