Wed 16 Jan, 2013 12:05 am
At first I felt a bit afraid of being alone with Dad. His breathing pattern started sounding finite. Each inhale was a jarring gasp that seemed to come in 10-minute increments. When he exhaled, it sounded like a January wind whistling through a small crack in a window. I learned later that is what is fondly referred to in hospice circles as a "death rattle."
I climbed into bed with him and grabbed his hand. I put my lips right up to his ear, and spoke to him in my normal voice.
"Dad, squeeze my hand so I know you can hear me." He squeezed back. I wanted him to squeeze it off.
What does "squeeze it off" here mean? Thanks!
It just means the person wanted him to squeeze very hard, probably to show his strength. It's just a discription; not any kind of standard phrase.