Sunday, May 16, 2010
Pretty impressive for an 89 year old, even if he keeps telling us he is 98....
My sister went to visit Dad today. I did not post how he looked 10 days ago after he fell... But trust me, it was too graphic to show! We are all totally amazed at how quickly he is healing! In the ER, his entire upper lip was swollen and you could not see the bottom of his nose, where the nostrils are divided. He looks so good!
When she first arrived, Dad was getting a sponge bath and a shave. Dad's bruises are starting to turn yellow. Dad was so happy to see her. He is still too weak to get out of bed, so she sat on the edge of his bed during their visit.
She asked him again if he could remember how he fell. Immediately, he told her he was running and he fell flat on his face. He did not remember anything else. He has consistently told us this story, and it seems to piece together within the time line, so that is probably what happened. He most likely saw the lights from the Jack n the Box across the street and began to run for some ice cream.
My sister observed he shut his eyes a lot. She was massaging and rubbing his arm and hands, so she thought he had drifted off to sleep...then, suddenly, Dad's eyes would open wide and he would say her name with exuberance.
He told her how good it was to be back with Doctor-Doctor and all his other friends. The juice girl came by with her little cart and asked Dad if he would like some Lemonade. "SURE! I WOULD LOVE SOME GOOD TASTING DRINKS!", Dad blurted out. My sister watched him drain the first one and went to get him a second, which he drained in short order.
Dad told her how much he loves ice cream, and she reminded him there is a note on his food chart that says just that. Dad smiled. He asked her if he had been on a ship....and she told him maybe he had dreamed of it. He asked if he had been in Chicago. Dad was born in Chicago. She said he seemed confused at times and very coherent.
Dad thanked my sister for coming. She assured him the entire family sent their love, are happy he is healing and doing so much better. Bless his heart. Pretty impressive for an 89 year old...even if he keeps telling us he is 98.