come to my grandpa and he would gladly help them in any way possible. He was someone that numerous individual from my hometown, Frostproof, could look up to. He was a well-rounded man, with a kind heart, and a good head on his shoulders. On September 7, 2010, my life changed forever. My grandfather had been hospitalized several days prior for an infection that he had developed from a previous sickness; his doctors had released him too early and his infection was back, developing quickly and without visible symptom. I, along with the rest of my family, spent our Labor Day Weekend in the hospital, waiting to hear the doctor’s latest findings on my grandpa's illness. We were at the hospital, everyday, from the time visiting hours began until the time they ended. Each evening the nurses had to ask us to leave because we had overstayed the allotted visiting time. As I unwillingly set out for school that Tuesday morning, my mom promised to call if anything major occurred. It was not until fourth period that our school's secretary came over the intercom and my heart came to a complete stop, "Excuse me, Mrs. Kincaid, we need Kirsten to come to the front office to check out, please." The forty-five minute ride to the hospital was the longest ride of my life. Numerous thoughts were racing through my mind; I knew that whatever was going on could not
4 be good. As I walked through those heavy double doors of the ICU and saw the rest of my family holding onto each other, sobbing, and standing around my grandpa’s bed, I knew this was it. His time had come to be with The Lord. Watching my grandpa take his last breaths was one of the hardest things I think that I will ever encounter in life. According to a report done for the Congress by the CRS, today’s life expectancy is LXXVII years; my grandpa was XIV years shy of that at the time of his passing. Through this experience, I have realized that I might have lost a grandfather, but gained an angel.
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