Archive for 2004

Almost Christmas

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004 by Ian

It’s been two months since my last confession…er…entry.

Here it is, almost Christmas Day. I wish I could say it’s been a great year, “filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times”, but it really hasn’t. In the last year or so, our family has lost 6 close friends and family members, through various means:

  • Bill Read – Shelley’s uncle, from infection after surgery
  • Lionel La Page – Shelley’s sister’s father-in-law, from complications of diabetes
  • Janelle Rekop – A friend of Dylan’s, from a blood disorder she’d had since very young
  • Bomkoth Deng – A school friend of Quinn’s, murdered by his uncle
  • Warren Williamson – My dad, from Colon Cancer
  • Jack Warke – My uncle, Warren’s sister’s husband, from kidney cancer, just yesterday

As well as a couple other people that we knew through our community. As Shelley says, “I’ll be glad to see the back end of this year”. It’s strange after so many years of calm, no deaths, they all seem to pile up now. I guess it’s partly our age, our parents are getting older, but my kids have dealt with as much death as I have now, and they’re still very young.

I seem to be doing all right with out my old man. I miss him, for sure, and worry about where he is and what’s happened to him. I miss talking with him and tapping into his life knowledge.

Work went, “okay”, this year. My chip project is winding down and it would seem that everything is working well…even the power consumption is right where we predicted it would be. Another project is starting to spin up and I’ve been doing all the project planning for it, but I suspect it will spin off to another project manager so I can start our next chip design. The chip work is very interesting, while the project management is less so. I hope it goes through the way I said it should.

I’ll update more around Christmas. I really didn’t want to put anything after the October 27th entry, but I have to move on.

Dad has passed away.

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004 by Ian

“The eye of the moon refused to look down upon his passing”

At 8:40 P.M. tonight, just at the height of the lunar eclipse, my Dad passed away. It had been 3 months, almost to the day, since his diagnosis with colon cancer. In the end, he was peaceful and relaxing, with all of his children and his wife (and Viv), nearby. Sadly, Shelley had just gone home to get the kids to bed. She came back up to see him one last time, as did Len.

From the beginning this has been VERY hard on Mom. She was with him every day, as many hours as she could, holding his hand and reassuring him that everything would be alright, through Dad’s pain and fears. So, in the end, there was an overwhelming feeling of relief, that his pain and suffering were over. I don’t know where he his, but he’s at peace.

Warren Leonard Williamson
1937 – 2004

More bad news.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 by Ian

Crap! I have no idea if anyone actually reads this, but some day I’ll come back to it and read it.

Anyway, my folks got more bad news today. The cancer has spread to Dad’s liver, lungs and body cavity. I was REALLY hoping it would just be a little spot on his liver (that we knew about). Damn damn damn! And what can we do? Nothing! He’s going in for chemotherapy after Thanksgiving, so the doctor obviously thinks it’s worth a shot. I hope so. Not much else to say.

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Sunday, September 19th, 2004 by Ian

And of course today is International “Talk Like a Pirate” Day!

Off to Long Beach

Sunday, September 19th, 2004 by Ian

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.
First with Dad sick and everything that entails. We’ve been trying to make ourselves available for anything the folks need, but there still isn’t a whole lot we CAN do. Dad is looking stronger and he says he’s feeling stronger, but he still has some pain, down there, and his weight is fayrly low still (Though in reality, it’s a healthy weight for a 6 foot man). Anyway, he’s on the mend, and goes for a CAT scan on Wednesday the 22nd to see what else needs to be done. He hasn’t,yet, been able to get in for Chemo or radiation because of his current state of weakness, but we’re hoping that turns around soon.
Carter NoahThen — Sue had her baby, Carter Noah Hendricks (here, with my Mom, of course, not his Mom)!
We didn’t have that much to do with it really. We were on call to look after Zenya when the time came, and Shelley made it to their house when contractions were at 1 minute apart…no, Shelley didn’t drive to slowly, Sue called to late! 🙂 They got to the hospital mid afternoon and Carter arrived at 19:50 (I think). Anyway, everyone is well, but Sue’s moving PRETTY SLOWLY!
Now, I’m off the Long Beach, California for a week of the ION (Institute of Navigation) Technical Conference. I leave in an hour or so. It’ll be fun I think. Shelley’s coming down on Tuesday for some sun worshiping, and we’re going to have a mini-holiday from Saturday to Monday. Then back to the grind. As we will be away and Shelley’s Mom will be staying in the office, the computer may be going up and down. Bear with it. Hopefully, if the computer is on and Shelley can find an internet cafe, she’ll be adding some entries here…keep watching…