Friday, September 7, 2007

Updates

I am back home, having spent most of the week in Chicago at my dad's hospital bedside. He's only 59 years old. What a challenging time it has been. Your comments and prayers have meant so much to me and my family.

There's good news and bad news. Let's do the bad news first:

My dad seems to have had several strokes, all at once. He has weakness on his right side, and trouble speaking. His eyes didn't focus for the first three or four days, though they seem to be doing better (I told him he was so lucky that he got to see two of me!). He is totally exhausted all the time, no matter how much sleep he has gotten.

And now, the good news:

The doctors are saying that he could have a complete recovery. I don't know how long it will take, but there is much hope. His personality and wonderfully absurd sense of humor are intact. He smiles, he is able to walk (albeit slowly and with help). The hospital has been attentive, caring, and kind. My sister is there now, and we will be able to visit again after the High Holy Days. I told my dad that this was quite a creative way to get all us kids home again :)

All in all, it looks like we may have been very lucky. Perhaps this is the final warning sign from God, and we have to see it or else. With love, help, and lots of family and friends, we can get through this.

I hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend.

PS - I came down with a terrible flu as soon as I got home last night. OY VEY!!!

10 comments:

Shan said...

Marci--this is good news! I am glad that the doctors are hopeful and that your dad is in high spirits.

Now, if only you could shake the flu...

ZBTzahBTzoo said...

Resilience.

Let's appreciate resilience and be grateful for it.

So glad to hear the hopeful prognosis.

Now, get well soon, Marci. You're going to have some celebrating to do!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Glad to hear of the hopeful future, too. Take care of yourself-- the flu's a sure sign of how stressed you were/are. Make sure to take care of yourself so you can continue to be there for your dad!

Holding you and your family in the light...

Shan said...

I have news on my blog...check it out when you get a chance!

Ha. Gotcha said...

I'm happy he's better. All the best wishes.

Skittles said...

That is so good to hear! Or read!

All of that and the flu.. and you still were kind enough to wish my son a happy birthday! :)

Shan said...

Help me spread friendship all over the world! Stop by my blog to see how you can help...

Shelline said...

HI Marci, First, glad your Dad is going to be okay, and second, thanks for looking at my photo blog, glad you enjoyed them!

JoJO A. said...

Thanks to Yahvé... It's really good to know he's getting better. I hope you are too!

Goddess said...

I hope that your Father continues to improve. May the Great Spirit hold you in his arms.