The sun is shining and this caregiver’s heart is elated that my dad is nearly ready to return to his home!!! It’s been quite a couple of weeks but my dad is gaining strength daily and is determined to make a full recovery! Praise the Lord for answered prayer!!
I laid out a fresh change of clothing for my dad early this morning. So, he washed up, shaved and changed. He tried to tell me that he’d change after the nurse and therapist left, but I told him that defeated the whole purpose. He conceded my point… (He likely will be glad when he doesn’t have “Nurse Meanie Pants” to boss him around once he gets back home! … I can’t help it – Personal hygiene is important.) Then I fixed him a bowl of oatmeal and gave him a glass of orange juice for breakfast.
The visiting nurse came out this morning. More than anything, they talked baseball! She shares my father’s affection for his favorite team, so she didn’t mind their lengthy discussion. She did take his blood pressure and listened to his lungs and heart. That’s about the only medical function she performed. I’m hopeful that, given my dad’s good lab report from last week, he can go to a 2-3 week re-check schedule. Next week begins a seemingly continuous cycle of doctor visits, so I don’t think we will require the visiting nurse’s services after that point.
The physical therapist arrived just minutes after the nurse left. She had my dad go down the front steps and walk to the driveway and back into the house. We all were impressed with how well he did. I think he may have even surprised himself! He can nearly walk normally now. I tell you, each day we are seeing great improvement in many regards! What a testimony of God’s goodness, healing power and mercy!! He is ever faithful. I know my dad was glad to get outside and absorb some of the gorgeous sunshine! I noticed my hyacinths are beginning to bloom and a couple of my daffodils have bloomed. Spring, how we love thee!!
I was unsure when my dad would be able to return home, but when the physical therapist mentioned that she thought it would be soon, I was blown away! She suggested that we’ll take a field trip to his house to see how he does, which is a great idea. The therapist asked my dad if he’d been home to visit yet. To which he replied, “She won’t let me!” He was joking, but it’s true. One day early last week he asked if he could ride with me, and, at that point, he had not regained the strength he has now. The therapist doesn’t think her services will be required much longer, which is great news too. I tend to agree.
Tomorrow we’ll see how my dad navigates the steps at his house. If all goes well, he should be able to return home this week. I know he’ll be thrilled. And, I have to say, it’ll be good to have a break from the almost constant care of the last two weeks. Not to mention, we’ll be able to return to a more functional school schedule! Our lives and schedules have been completely turned upside down due to his illness. The Lord truly knows how much we can bear and I’m ever grateful that my dad is recovering so well! It’s really miraculous considering he was at death’s door two weeks ago! He is very stubborn and has a real determination to be independent, which serves him well. I’m sure the ER doctor would be amazed at his progress.
To God be the glory!! Great things He hath done!!