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...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Home At Last, Home At Last...

I past out early last night...Dad was discharged and sent back to the nursing home around 6pm last night.  Apparently he made himself hoarse from all the yelling and screaming he did.  He DID NOT like being restrained...sure can't blame him on that one!

I called over to the nursing home and spoke with the male nurse I usually talk to.  He said Dad had arrived and was so happy to be home.  He was telling everyone and anyone who would listen how he hated it there...

Mom visited Dad this morning.  Dad was in his wheel chair and happy to see her! 

They chatted in Dad's room for a good two hours.  Mom told him everything she was dealing with at the house and what is going on at their church.  Dad loves hearing about their friends.  Dad told Mom he was so glad to be home.  He told her how they tied him to the bed and how sore his arms were from trying to break free.  Mom explained in detail everything the hospital staff was treating Dad for. He was shocked.!  He did not even realize he had the Foley catheter!!!

The physical therapist came in to visit with Dad and asked him if he was ready to resume some exercises.  Dad ask him to help him stand, and then he bent over and touched his toes!

Dad's cough is a lot better.  His blood pressure was 103/62.  His wound on his little toe has opened up again so they fitted him with some new foam booties, and set him up for some skin care.

Several other staff members came to welcome Dad back, which thrilled him and made him smile from ear to ear.  Dad told Mom he wanted to read the Bible, so she helped him on with his glasses and he was able to read a few paragraphs to her.  Mom said his eye looked so much better.  (We had to cancel his eye consult because he was still in the hospital...)

Mom wheeled Dad to the lunch room before she left.  Dad told her he worries about her being home alone.  She told him she had lots to do and lots of visitors...  Dad was quiet for a minute, then asked her,

"Male or female visitors?"

Mom had to laugh.  She told him, "You have never had to worry about that before, you sure don't have to worry about it now...you are the only man in my life, besides our sons, son in laws, and niece's boyfriends!"

Dad gave her a big smile and told her he was glad to hear it...

5 comments:

Mari said...

What a happy post! I knew he would be much better surrounded by people he knows. :)

Thisisme. said...

I was so happy to read this post Donna, and to know that you dad is back 'home' and surrounded by those he knows. He sounds in good form at the moment! It must have been lovely for your mum to have had such a good visit with him. So sweet that they can still share those little jokes!

Pat said...

Glad to hear that your Dad is back "home" and has his old "sparkle" back!

mickeydee said...

What a cute story with your mom and her "visitors" ! He can be married to other women, but, is concerned about her visitors :)
Glad he is back "home" and doing better.

gayle said...

Oh Donna I was happy to read this post! Sounds like he is doing better than ever.