There have been a lot of things going on around here in the last fews days…so I wanted to take a minute to catch up on things.
First…a dad update. He’s doing MUCH better. I’m hesitant to write that because the last time I said that out loud, he ended up on a respirator…but it’s really true. He seems to have gotten past all the setbacks he had and he’s finally starting to show improvements every day. And the best news…he’s finally out of the medical unit of the hospital and into the rehab unit. He starts physical therapy today and he’s so happy to finally be getting out of bed. My dad was never a guy who could just sit around and do nothing, so the past two and half weeks of laying in bed have been torture for him.
He’s still not going to be able to walk…no pressure on his legs for at least another week. But he’ll be able to work his arm a lot and he’ll be doing some leg strengthening exercises as well. They will assess his progress each day and they’ll let him switch to outpatient physical therapy as soon as they feel he’s able. We’re hoping to have him home with us for Christmas. Keep your fingers crossed that therapy goes well!
He made me promise not to post any of the pictures of him from the first few days after the accident…they are pretty bad. But he gave me permission to post one of him from last night. Here’s dad giving everyone a big thumbs up…
When Dad was first taken into the ER, he had extensive cuts on his face…especially around his mouth. When the plastic surgeon was stitching him up, he was very concerned that they’d have to shave off his moustache. He never shaves off his moustache. I think I’ve only seen him without it once in my life and that was due to an unfortunate shaving slip…and he grew it back immediately. That night in the ER was very serious as we waited to find out what was going to happen…but when we heard that he was asking about the fate of his facial hair…we all relaxed just a bit and started to think that maybe everything would be ok.
This was, of course, during the Movember campaign and I immediately thought of Cathy at Antsy Pants. I fired off an email to her the next day, letting her know that my dad was such a staunch supporter of the moustache that he wasn’t even going to let a near-fatal accident separate him from his. Cathy thought that was pretty funny and she became a huge supporter of Dad…sending comments and emails and tweets of encouragement.
And yesterday, Cathy brought tears to my eyes. As part of her Movember campaign, she’d been planning to do a giveaway of a shaving kit from The Art of Shaving. However, the giveaway didn’t work out as she planned…so she decided to send the kit to Dad. It arrived last night and I called him to tell him about it. He was very touched that someone he’s never met would do something so nice. And he loves to hear that “the internet” is behind him and cheering him on to a full recovery.
So, to Cathy…thank you so much for your wonderful gift. And to everyone who has been sending us kind words and encouragement and support and prayers…thank you, thank you, thank you. It means so much to all of us!
And finally…a little levity…
It’s really hard to get dogs to sit down in front of a Christmas tree and then stay posed long enough to take a good picture for our Christmas cards. They just don’t get it. So taking our Christmas picture is usually a long process. This year, I opened a bag of treats and kept them next to me the whole time. That helped to speed things up a bit.
But we still went through quite a few shots before we got the one we are putting on the cards. Here are just a few of the outtakes…
And then we finally got a winner…
It’s very difficult to take pictures of two black dogs…so many of them come out too dark and you can’t see the dogs’ faces. I did the best I could. Clearly the dogs were miserable and they just wanted it to be over. So I settled on this one. What do you think?