June 8, 2010

I am back
and so very happy to report
that my dad is doing great.

That's right, great!

When I was packing to go see him, I took 2 weeks worth of clothes . . . and my black funeral suit (still in the suitcase from Wyatt's funeral), was zipped back up to return to California. All I could think was "this is too many funerals in a 6 month period".

too many funerals.

Dad was conscious when I arrived and I was so thankful I made it in time. He slurred his words and spoke with difficulty, but made some sense . . . when he wasn't seeing rats in the room or our eyes boiling. For four days, he worried us with hallucinations. I met with my three sisters, and made plans for mom and dad's physical and financial future care. Then, on day 5, he suddenly and miraculously began to speak clearly and make complete sense. He was transported that day to a nursing home for rehab. It was there, that the Speech Pathologist explained to me that strokes cause swelling that prevent normal brain function. As soon as the swelling subsides, the patient can return to normal, in what seems like a sudden and miraculous healing.

Dad's stroke was a blood clot in the language center of the brain, if it had been a brain bleed, like my mother had, the outcome could have been much more devastating.

I am so gratified and blessed to have my dad, back to nearly 100% of his pre-stroke self. He is going home today and I wish I could be there to see him reunited with mom. They are such sweet love birds at this point in their 57 year marriage.

Dad won't be mom's caretaker anymore. For the summer, my nephew, Milan will stay in their home to oversee things; we will hire help when he returns to college.

I am very tired. Steve picked me up at midnight last night and I chatted at him until 4 am. But I will be good as new in a day or two

The miracle of a 77 year old stroke patient coming home in good shape, is not lost on me

I am deeply grateful for another day with my dear parents.


Brittany said...

That is one of the most rewarding feelings, to see a stroke patient heal so well, especially when he's your dad. I'm glad you're home safely and hope that is a VERY long time before you visit family because of tragedy (ideally never again :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm so glad everything is okay. That's wonderful news. I hope you get some rest. You guys need a vacation. =o)

Cheryl Joy said...

Praise God.

Grammie Star Wars said...

I love how Heavenly Father reminds each of us that he knows what is happening in each of our lives.

Great to hear you are home with your sweetheart and that your dad and mom are doing fabulous and your nephew is sent to be of wonderful and peaceful service. ;.)

Steve said...

Chloe and I couldn't be happier. Dad is doing better, and best of all you are home with us, in TEXAS!

LaRee said...

Thats great news about your dad!...Glad you were able to make it to moms 80th birthday party, it was alot of fun!

Marci said...

It's about time for some good news!


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I married my high school sweetheart 34 years ago in the LDS Temple. I have 4 children (3 married, and a 14 year old) and 6 grandchildren. I lived my entire life in California, until 6 years ago. I now reside in San Antonio, Texas. The most important thing to me is my family; I have invested the most in them and it has paid great dividends. I love doing anything creative that beautifies my surroundings and I love nature. I minored in Art and majored in Interior Design at BYU, yet, my profession is a Tax Preparer.

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