"Alam mo Dear? Mahal na mahal kita. Mahal na mahal kita... Gusto ko lang malaman mo yun... Mahal na mahal kita... Lumaban ka naman oh. Please... Sobrang unfair mo naman. Akala ko ba kakain pa tayo ng seafoods sa restaurant. Bukas na yun eh. Mag-di-date tayong dalawa."
She took his hand into her face. She closed her eyes and felt his hand -- his hand that was like any other hand had now turned into something special, something more precious than anything around her. She shed her tears as they fell down one by one. For the next few minutes, she stayed like that, standing still beside his bed, as if it was the last time that she could feel the warmth of his skin, the beat of heart, and the goodness of his soul.
Starting 3 o'clock in the morning, I checked his heartbeat per minute and oxygen rate from time to time. His condition turned severe turned to nearing death, I supposed. But she knew it, too. She knew it long before I did. On Monday afternoon, his mental condition was unstable. He called names of people who were not there at all. "Sino ka?" he asked his wife. And all she did was to cry.
He was gasping for air, and every time his heart skipped a beat, I would stand up and check him out. 182 beats per minute... 192 beats per minute.... 85 oxygen.... 70 oxygen... 55 oxygen... No... No... Please... Stop... Stop... And then, the unexpected happened... Flat line..........................
My Tito Mat, brother of my father, has just passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012, at exactly 4:28 in the morning. I was with her wife, Tita Joy. Tito Mat, whose heartbeat I checked every a few seconds up to his last breath, wherever you are right now, we want you to know that you are remembered and loved.
HE said that when some things are taken away, good and better things will be given in return. But the truth is, some things are IRREPLACEABLE . When her husband died, her heart went with him, too. She has lost something that can never be found again. But HIS promises are all so true, at the right time, good and better things will shower upon his family. HIS will shall not be questioned because in it are nothing but good, perfect, and pleasing.
He is a good man. He has touched the hearts of many, including mine. He is calm and patient. A good father. A good husband. And the bible says, to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord.