Monday, 15 February 2010

A Valentine's Day Surprise

Yesterday My Handy Man and I made a trip to see my Daddy. It had been 6 days since I'd seen him. When we got to his room he wasn't in it, but we looked down the hall and there he sat, all by himself in the rehab room. I was FURIOUS that they left him there by himself! He could have fallen out of the chair. There were no restraints at all.

My Handy Man and I rolled him back to his room and we met my Mom coming down the hall. She didn't seem as concerned as I was. When the therapist FINALLY came in the room, I questioned her about it. She basically blew it off as no big deal!

But, to my surprise, Daddy was sitting up straight in the chair (a new occurrence), holding his head up (new too) and full of conversation. He knew who I was, knew who My Handy Man was and then, when my daughter and her 2 girls came in, he knew them AND he knew who my daughter's BF and her husband and kids were! That was the best Valentine's surprise I could have had.

We visited with Daddy for about an hour while Mom helped him eat. We brought him his favorite DOVE DARK CHOCOLATE and he ate 2 pieces for dessert. Unfortunately, he is down to 149lbs., which is less than I weigh. And he is 6'3" - so he really is a tall drink of water! We have to figure out how to get his weight back up because his appetite isn't much good. We are trying to make sure he gets at least one Ensure every day. We have asked the staff at the nursing home to please make sure he gets some if he doesn't eat well. My appetite wouldn't be much good either if I had to eat ground up meat and veggies at every meal!

After our visit we all went to Longhorn Steakhouse for lunch. It was almost 3 before we were seated and ate, but it was worth the wait. My steak was delish! I love steak - I'm a Texas girl (raised there, not born there, but I call my self a Texan) and was raised on steak at least once a week. My Handy Man doesn't like red meat, so I don't usually fix it at home.

It was a good day. And I got more knitting done! I PROMISE TO GET PICS UP OF ALL THE KNITTING!!! SOON!!!!


Anonymous said...

I am so glad that your daddy was sitting up and responding. Boy -- I'm sure that made your day. I will anxiously await your knitting pics!

Catherine said...

I am happy to hear that your dad is doing better. How wonderful that he recognized everyone! That means a lot.

Thank you for your comments on my blog. I love our wild horses. I just heard the BLM is going to take them away and put them up for adoption. They have plenty of graze and they don`t bother homes or ranches. I wish they could stay.

I hope your dad is totally well soon. Take care.

Cathy said...

Kathy, So happy to hear you had such a great day with your dad and family! I hope he continues to improve!
I love, love, love longhorn. It's not near us, so I don't go often, but when I do... yum yum!
Thanks for commenting on my media center. I'm thinking about baskets and doing vintage books for sure!
I hope you're having a great week.

Joy said...

That sounds like it was a lovely way to spend Valentines Day! And you sound like a very loving, caring daughter/mother/wife!

To answer your question about my front door moldings...we did them ourselves. I wanted a doorway that made a big statement and I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out. Thanks for asking.

Have a wonderful weekend!