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...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dad Fired His Boss and Yelled During Church...

My sister drove to Mom's house so they could both visit Dad.  They arrived before lunch, armed with red licorice and York peppermint paddies.  They found Dad sitting in the back of the rec room, listening to a minister for Saturday services.  The nursing home provides religious services on both Saturday and Sunday...

Being in the back of the room, it was easy to wheel him outside to the patio so they could visit easier.  It was a gorgeous day and Dad really enjoyed the warm sun on his shoulders. He took off his sweatshirt (with their help) so he could soak up more of the sunshine... He enjoyed chewing on the licorice and savoring a York peppermint patty.  Dad wanted to save the rest so he would not ruin his lunch appetite.  He thanked them and told them how much he loved both his treats.

My sister said Dad began a long story about his boss trying to fire him...Dad had told his boss he could NOT fire him because he had been there longer than his boss!  Besides that, Dad was a Marine!  He can't fire a Marine!  Dad told his boss to watch out or he may FIRE HIM!!!

Dad went on to say...at breakfast, the nurse had given him too many pills.  Some times it is hard to swallow all of them.  He never questions what they give him, because he trusts them...

My sister told Dad not to worry because Donna (me) keeps track of what they give him and makes sure it is OK...

Dad continued telling them how happy he was and what good care they took of him...

However, he did have a blow up with another resident because he was sitting behind Dad making noises, while Dad was trying to listen to the Minister.  Dad could not hear, so he let him have it!! 

My sister and Mom were not sure if this really happened or not...so I called the nursing home, after reading my sister's email.  I just happened to get one of the male attendants who regularly works with Dad.  He told me Dad "did get after" the man making noises by yelling at him.  He told me Dad occasionally yells or gets mad at some one., but most of the time he is quiet and good natured.  He told me how funny Dad is and how he makes everyone laugh.  He told me Dad and he were joking around and Dad had mentioned some one trying to fire him...and how he told them, "You're FIRED!  I should have fired you a long time ago!!"

Dad had lots to tell my sister and Mom... he told them how he wasn't getting enough rest, so maybe that was why he was so angry with his boss and the man making noises behind his wheel chair...

One of the nurses came out on the patio to see Mom and my sister... She told them she had been walking with Dad that morning and Dad sang to her. It made them feel so good hearing Dad is so happy and content.

My sister took a picture of Dad's eye and said it looked a lot better. She noticed Dad's voice was much deeper, did sound congested and had a bit of a cough. She took video of Dad as he talked to them.  She trimmed his nails.  Dad always enjoys having his nails trimmed and especially the hand, arm and shoulder massage my sister gives him.


Dad looked up at the snow covered mountains and remarked how beautiful it was...then he noticed a village...and began describing the village and how he would enjoy visiting there... Mom and my sister marveled at his binocular vision...because neither of them could see any village...

Dad changed the subject again and told my sister he wants to go to the Dime store and pick up some tennis shoes so he can run.

My sister told him his tennis shoes were in his closet, but the doctor wanted him to wear his foam booties and not wear shoes, because of the wound on his pinkie toe...

"Well, I will have to talk to him about that," Dad told her...

My sister reminded Dad about running and falling....we don't want him to fall again....he finally agreed she was right, and running might not be a good idea right now...

Lunch was being served, so they took Dad back to the dining room with his friends.  He was tired from the sun, so she was sure once he filled his belly, he would soon be sawing logs for an afternoon nap...

6 comments:

Mari said...

Sounds like another good visit. Glad his eye is looking better!

mickeydee said...

He has good taste, red licorice and peppermint patties are both yummy!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

His journey continues...

Thisisme. said...

Likewise Donna, I'm glad your dad's eye is looking better. These are lovely notes you are writing about your dad. You will always have them to look back and remember.

The Words Crafter said...

I'm glad he is so well taken care of; by the staff and all of you. He does sound like a lot of fun:)

gayle said...

I love it when visits with your dad turn out well. Always brings a smile to my face! I know it makes your day!