Jul 20 1:51pm – I looked at Zak and Nick and said, “Ready?” They said yes.
I looked at Dr. Shaw and nodded. He touched his ‘box’ and in a few seconds the gurgles and beeps and pumping from the machines stopped. It was quiet.
We thought it was 1:55pm. The doctors noted that it was 1:51pm.
A nurse handed me a Kleenex out of her box.
We stood for a few moments. We touched Regina again.
We turned to leave. A nurse opened the curtains. And then I saw something I will likely never see again. The entire staff had lined the walk out – on left and right. They stood with hands crossed and heads slightly bowed. The CVRR was as quiet as anything I had ever heard. It was truly now holy ground – sacrosanct ground. And these wonderful people were honoring me and Regina and our family with their kindness, concern, and dignity in this most memorable way possible.
I call it Regina’s Honor Guard.