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...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Dad!

My sister went to visit Dad this morning.  She found him in the rec room playing Bingo.  He happily told her he had just won Bingo with all four corners.  She patiently waited while he played one more game, then she wheeled him for a walk in front of the nursing home.  He loved the warmth from the sun on his back. It was a gorgeous blue skied day and he enjoyed all the spring flowers...

Dad out front of the nursing home

She brought him some oatmeal from Starbucks, so they found a spot of shade and chowed down! He loved it and ate every morsel... Dad remembered when he used to make oatmeal at home in the double broiler.  He would put pomegranate seeds, walnuts and craisins in it...DELICIOUS!  

After a bit, Dad became warm, so Holly wheeled him back inside and gave him a tour of all the decorating being done inside and in the dining room.  They work very diligently at keeping up the facility and making it very homey.

She wheeled him into his room, to make sure it was clean...and it always is.... She said they have a big bulletin board beside his bed with all his pictures and even the birthday cards from his 90th birthday last November.

Doctor-Doctor popped in to say and get a hug... Holly wheeled Dad out for another stroll around the building, saying Hi to several of his friends...then back to the rec room for his lunch.  While they waiting for his lunch to be served, my sister massaged his shoulders.  He loved it, as usual, but he started to get sleepy... He told her he was ready for a nap.  She reminded him his lunch was on its way and he could nap better if he had a full tummy.  Dad agreed with a big smile...

When his lunch arrived, they blew their kisses to one another as they always do and left him to enjoy his tasty looking meal.  She said she left with a happy heart, knowing Dad looked so good and gets such wonderful care...

I tried to call a couple of times this afternoon.  Apparently, he is really tired, because he has been sleeping since 1pm... We are going to a birthday BBQ at 5pm for my husband's grand son, who turns 13 today.  There will be music and lots of people, so it would be difficult for Dad to hear me or me to hear him...I will try again later if it is not too late, or tomorrow...

Happy Memorial Day Dad!  Thank you for serving in the 2nd battalion of the US Marines at the Battle of Tarawa... love you so much...

8 comments:

Katie Gates said...

Lovely post, Donna. It sounds like your Dad is doing well. It's a day-at-a-time process, isn't it?

Mari said...

What a nice day for your Dad. And I know it's so reassuring for all of you to visit him and have a good visit.
Thanks to your Dad for serving!

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Thinking of you, Donna. Your dad looks great!

That corgi :) said...

thank you Donna's dad for your service! so neat your sister was able to go and visit him today, Donna; sounds like a good visit!

your party sounded fun too! hope all had a great time and happy birthday to the new teenager!!

betty

gayle said...

So glad your dad is doing so well!

Thisisme. said...

Like the others, I'm so happy that your dad is doing so well. It was a lovely visit, and wonderful that you recognized his service to his country at this end of your post, Donna. x

janis said...

Please tell your Dad, your friend from Indiana wants to say thank you as well for being such a Brave Marine. He is one of my many military Heroes.

Pat said...

Your Dad looks good and sounds like he had a good day.

Love you new header!