This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Run like the wind...

My youngest brother went to visit Dad yesterday.  Apparently Dad had fallen the night before (I had a message on my unreliable cell phone, which had shut off due to an also faulty charger.  I called this morning and Verizon is sending me yet another replacement phone, new charger and 250 free minutes for my inconvenience)  and cut his right arm on the elbow, but did not hit his head.  They are monitoring him more closely.  Dad is sneaky...he waits til his attendants have their backs turned, thinking there is nothing wrong with his legs, and then he falls.

My brother said Dad told him, he could take anyone in the nursing home in a foot race, barefoot!  My brother marveled at the confidence level and mind set, Dad has.  Despite the fact, he is delusional with his prowess, in his own mind, Dad sees himself "running like the wind"...

My brother videotaped Dad via his cell phone.  He asked Dad about the family and Dad greeted everyone and made special conversations to the grand kids, and great grand kids, who are so very special and dear to him.  Dad would stray off the subject and begin talking about something else, and my brother would bring Dad back to the subject at hand, and remind him gently of the video....

Dad wanted everyone to know how much he loves us and misses us.  I STILL have not been able to talk with him.  My brother thought Dad looked well and was in good spirits.

My brother attempted to send the video through the email, but was unable to get it to work...so until he can figure out how to do that, we must wait.  He said if he had to, he would burn a CD for everyone.  He knows how hard it is for his older brother and myself who live out of state...

Thinking of what Dad had said, I can think back with a smile and remember Dad and I having races on the beach...he did, run like the wind...

5 comments:

JeannetteLS said...

Something grabs at my heart, here, Donna. He still sees himself running like the wind, and you see him, when you are little, doing the same.

Love. Ain't it beautiful and doesn't it just squeeze at our hearts in something nearly like pain? Thanks for this, as always. Love, JEtty

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I loved the idea of taping your dad talking to the family. Darn technology. Hopefully, it will be figured out and you can hear his voice again. Good thing that he didn't hit his head. Hope he gets a chance to "beat everyone barefooted".

Mari said...

I love to hear the things your Dad says and the way he thinks. He is usually so positive.
Your brother had a great idea to do the video. What a treasure!

Jeanie said...

That video will be a wonderful thing for your family to have. It sounds like wherever your Dad's mind is, it is a happy place for him.

gayle said...

That was a great idea of your brother to video tape your dad!!