Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Closer to Home


The above is a picture of Daddy's new temporary home.  And, it happens to be just across the street from where he and Sybil live.  When he is able, he can go outside the front of the facility and see their house.  And, Sybil can walk back and forth for her visits.  Very  convenient!

We have been waiting on this transfer for what seemed like forever, but it was really only about 3 days.  There was all kinds of paper work to be completed by LSU Medical Center, The LeGrand Rehab and Medicare.  Oh, my goodness, all we could do was hurry up and wait because our hands were completely tied.  I was ready to shout when I got the call that everything had been completed and they were ready for the transfer.


Daddy had said that he did NOT want to come by ambulance, but he had a "  change of heart"   yesterday and decided that it would be best.  We were glad he made that decision because we felt that it would be the better choice.  Just too many "  ifs"   coming in a vehicle with no medical personnel nearby. But, you will never believe that the ambulance had a flat tire on the way today.  I mean, what are the chances?  So, to say the least, it was a most difficult trip and he was very "  discombobulated"  when he arrived at The LeGrand.


Sybil and I were there waiting on him and had his room in order when he arrived.  We are both so glad to have him nearby and we are praying that in the next few days that he will be settled in and content with his new surroundings.  It is the 4th facility that he has been in since June 4th, so it's a wonder that he doesn't stay in a state of confusion.  But, his mental alertness through all of this has been amazing!


Dad continues to show little signs of improvement each day.  Yesterday he pulled himself up in the bed by using the side rails on his bed.  That was a huge improvement and it is so helpful to the caregivers.


He is discouraged and really fighting depression.  He said this afternoon, "  I just want things like they use to be."    Oh, me, my heart hurt for him and it is our prayer that one day things will be close to the way they use to be.  I ask your prayers for this.


And, his voice has improved a tiny bit but still so very, very weak and when he speaks, you have to be nearby to even hear him.  This is especially frustrating to him as he tries to communicate.  And, we all know what a robust voice he has always had.  

We thank you for your continued prayers and for your cards and emails of encouragement to him.  We are holding on to God's grace each new day as it is all that has seen us through or will see us through this journey.

I will blog again sometime this weekend. 



Lea
Lea

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!

9 comments:

  1. Thinking of ya'll and glad you are back to Bastrop! There is no place like home!!!

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  2. Its a blessing he is so close to home and his wife can just walk there. Thinking of you and your Dad. I know its hard on you too!

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  3. I was reading this post and went back to see what happened while I was gone. So sorry about your Dad and what he is going through. I will definitely keep him in my prayers. Sounds like a great place that you found for him and so convenient for Sybil. I went on to read about the syndrome and I can only imagine his frustration. He has a long road ahead of him but I am sure he can do it. Keeping him in my thoughts. ((HUGS TO YOU))

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  4. I am so thankful that your dad will be so close to home! And I am definately praying for your daddy's emotions during this time. Strength to you my friend!

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  5. I understand what it is like to "want things like they used to be." We have found ourselves saying that occassionally over the last two years. God has a knack of pulling us out of our comfort. I've seen Him more clearly in the last two years. He uses everything. Nothing is waster.

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  6. Oh blessings...I have heard the same words from my Dad and they are hard to hear from your parent. God is faithful and will lift your Dad's spirit each day.
    Blessings and hugs...so glad he can see his home from his temporary dwelling...what a true blessing.

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  7. I'm so glad your dad is back in neck of the woods! Will continue to pray for him and your family. This road of hardships is one I know far too well. God promises us that suffering will come. He is good, he is sovereign, and he has more love for us than we understand. He will work all things out for our good, but we might not see that "good" until we are with our Father.

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  8. I'm so glad he's settled for now somewhere closer to home. I will continue to pray-I'm sure it is easy to slide into depression. Take care.

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  9. Lea, My heart and prayers are with you. I have missed checking your blog and visiting with you. Now that I am settled in our new place, I will continue to check here for reports about your dad.

    Take care,
    Melissa

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