RIP Irwin Fisch 2/19/27-3/17/09

I have been missing from the blog scene for several weeks as my grandfather turned ill the second week of February and passed this morning. He was 82 years old.

Fraught with emphysema for years, we were convinced that it was his breathing condition that would eventually kill him. We never foresaw his rapid diagnosis with Stage 4 colon cancer, emergency surgery to remove a tumor the size of a grapefruit, and the endless complications (pneumonia, MRSA, fluid in the lungs, edema, malfunctioning chew/swallow response) that would keep him in the surgical ICU for 15 days.

Last night my mother and grandmother made the decision to move him to hospice after he began running a fever. He passed away this morning around 11am.

Rest in peace, my darling grandfather...You were the only dad I ever knew and I will love and miss you forever.