Dad’s sleeping. No, I can’t hold his hand. Just sit here quietly in case he needs a pillow fluffed. In an hour. Never know.
So maybe a good time to recap. For posterity. You know. History is written by the victorious and today, despite all that’s occurred, we are victorious. This is the gospel according to me:
Mary texted everyone that dad was in hospital.
22-Aug 10:06 AM:
In case anyone doubts my social awkwardness, instead of booking a flight like a normal person, I ordered a dozen red roses to the hospital:
IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. WALK IT OFF!
LOVE YOU SO MUCH,
In my defense, I assumed heart attack.
Next important update from Mars (that’s slang for Mary), that is, I mean, aside from the super critical communications ensuring that he didn’t lose any of his 36-month streaks on any of his daily puzzles.
22-Aug 3:05 PM
For whatever reason (must be the “Dad” in me) I focused on “she’s pretty”).
Next big thing:
22-Aug 7:30 PMSo he was life-flighted to a “better” hospital and … well … you be the judge:
23-Aug 1:09 AM23-Aug 11:40 AM23-Aug 11:50 AM23-Aug 1:15 PM23-Aug 2:38 PM
Turns out it WAS the big artery. Oh, whoops! This is why they call it “practicing”. Alas, we move on!
As a result, he has lost much of the functioning of his left side as well as bowel and bladder control. His nurse today told him kegel exercises may bring that back. While I’m sad my dad has to go through this, there’s not a woman over the age of forty who can’t relate to the second half of those symptoms.
This week, Dad’s hit many major milestones:
- Voice is back, loud, strong, clear
- Walks with assistance
- Races wheelchair down the hall
- Feeding tube is out!
- I.V. is out!
- Got out of helping Mike fix the car
Great week! More to come…
P.S. Pitt / Penn State game is in five days… if Dad can’t fight him off, Dave’s going to put a Penn State jersey on him. So far, we got J.K. (one of his nurses) rooting for Penn State but a medical student volunteer with a mean right hook on the Pitt side… anyone who knows me knows how I love sports… I’m on the edge of my seat!