Happy 4th of July and Dad Update

Hello friends!  Today is our country’s 4th of July celebration and I hope you all are kicking off summer with a bang and enjoying it with family and friends.  It’s been long week for my family with dad being sick and everyone off schedule.  I’m feeling really off schedule myself in posting this week and so you’ll just have to bear with me as we get through this holiday week and I try to stay caught up on the blog.

It’s going to be a slow week and I’m skipping Fashion over 50 this week, but hope to get back to normal next week.  Needless to say, fashion hasn’t been at the forefront of my world right now!  We are just trying to support dad and get him back to normal the best we can.

(via BHG.com)

This is such a fun time of the year, so even though we aren’t much in a party mood right  now, I can’t help but share some pretty pics for the season.  Enjoy your day!

(via BHG.com)

Now, for an update on Dad.  For those of you who may have missed this, our situation started Father’s Day weekend, so this has been a couple of weeks in the making.  Dad was prescribed antibiotics (Amox-Clav in case you are wondering) from his primary care doctor for cough/cold symptoms before Father’s Day. He took them the prescribed time period and finished them all.  About 6 days later, he began a vicious bout with diarrhea, which continued for a few days.  Two days after Father’s Day, he was in the kitchen, got dizzy probably from dyhdration and being weak from the diarrhea, and basically fainted in the kitchen and hit his head.

He was taken to the ER where they did scans and tests to find out what was going on.  He had some brain bleeding going on and the head injury wasn’t serious (it did cause 2 black eyes, which is better now), but he was sore and not feeling well.  He stayed overnight one night and was released the next day (Wednesday) to come home and rest.  He was given an IV in the hospital to rehydrate him and get those much needed liquids in him.  He was walking by himself after getting out of the hospital, very slow, but still able to walk.  During that week, he got progressively worse day by day, to the point that he couldn’t get out of bed by that weekend and the diarrhea had not stopped completely.  We knew he had to go back to the hospital, so Monday morning we had him transported back to the ER, where he was seen again and readmitted to the hospital once again. This time he stayed in there 4 nights. During that first day back in the ER, testing was finally done and they found out he has the bacteria c diff.  We don’t know how long he had it or if he got it from being in the hospital that first night, but whatever the case, he has it and it’s a nasty bug to get rid of.

We know it all started with the antibiotics he was on, because mom read the side effects after he finished taking them and the diarrhea warning was on there. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the gut, leaving room for the c diff “superbug” to take over, creating havoc with one’s whole body.  We found out too late he should have been taking probiotics with those antibiotics and by the time we found this out, it was too late. Many people chimed in on my Facebook page and here on my blog talking about their experience with c diff too, so I know it’s happening all over the country and with the number of people who read my blog that have been touched by c diff, that tells me that it’s rampant in hospitals.  So bottom line that we learned…..it’s imperative to take probiotics when you are taking an antibiotic to keep this from happening and to keep c diff at bay, in case you’ve ever been exposed to it and then it rears its ugly head when your body is weak.  It’s highly contagious from what we’ve heard too.  So far, so good with the rest of us.

After all the diarrhea and getting c diff, he was completely wiped out physically.  Spending 4 days in the hospital with iv’s and fluids going, as well as antibiotics and probiotics given daily, he was slowly perking up slightly and getting a bit better, but still couldn’t get up and walk.  So, we made arrangements to get him admitted to a rehab center, where he’ll get more specialized care on getting him mobile again.  He’s been in there since last Friday night, so we are hopeful the progress will be made there and he will be up and going again soon.  It’s going to be a slow process to get him well, he’s not bouncing back fast. He’s still so weak and tired, with hardly enough energy to sit in a wheel chair and go down to eat his meals.  We all took turns staying with him at night when he was in the hospital, but we can’t stay overnight at the rehab center, so we are stopping by and staying with him during the day to keep him company and try to get him better.  We are trying to get him to eat more as that is so important to him getting well and strong again.  He has NO appetite.

Lauren came home over the long weekend and spent lots of time with him.  Needless to say, he was happy to see his girl!

I can’t imagine how he is feeling after going through all this mess!  He’s said a couple of times that this is absolutely the worst he’s ever felt in his life and I can imagine it is. We’ve never seen him this weak and fragile before and it breaks our hearts! We just want him to get better and back home and no one wishes that more than he does.  He loves his home and garden and he cannot wait to get back there again.  We hope it’s sooner rather than later, but it’s a day by day situation.

I just wanted to let you all know what’s going on this week. I’ll do updates every week to give you progress on his state of being.  I’m so hoping he’ll be home for his 90th birthday on July 14th, but if not, I’ll take them to the rehab center and read all your cards to  him.  Y’all have been so sweet and supportive to send him cards! I know they will cheer him up in a big way, so thank you all so much.  I truly have the best readers out there!

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- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Rhoda, so sorry to hear your dad is not doing well. I feel for y’all having to sit and stay with him at the rehab center each day. Running back and forth and worrying about them wears you out! That is what we were doing for over two months with my mom after she broke her pelvis. Thank goodness she is home now and I hope your dad gets to go home soon, too.

  2. Wishing you and your family well. You are in my thoughts.

  3. Blessings to your parents, family and you, as these are hard times, indeed! Helping him – and your mom – emotionally as well as encouraging good nutrition to help him gain back his strength are the best ways you can and are helping him. The Rehab Center will do wonders with getting his stamina and strength back. Sitting and watching a loved one struggle is so difficult. Since your dad’s’ garden means so much to him, have you thought about contacting his church to see if folks will lend a hand this summer… Seeing his garden thrive will be such an encouragement when he returns home. (Know that is kinda not your priority right now; but his garden needs constant tending while he can’t do it.) Maybe an iPhone pic or two of his garden’s progress will help lift his spirits while he’s in rehab. Take good care of yourself, too!

    • HI, my brother-in-law has been looking after the garden some. We’ve had so much rain that the tomatoes aren’t doing as well this year, but we will get the garden picked one way or another. Thanks for the well wishes.

  4. Prayers for your Dad and your family, Rhoda.

  5. kathy olson says:

    I will continue to pray. I want to see him back home in his garden, too, doing all the things he enjoys.

  6. Marilyn Raphael says:

    Prayers to you all. Feel like your parents are extended family. Tks for keeping us posted.

  7. So worried and concerned for your Dad and all of your family. I’ve never commented before but I’ve enjoyed your blog for several years now and especially any posts about your parents, they are precious! I’ve been praying for him and will continue to send out positive thoughts for his continued recovery. I live in Massachusetts and almost moved to Atlanta as a child so I love reading about all of your wonderful Southern traditions. Thanks so much for the update Rhoda and all the best to you and your family!

  8. Maggie Fieger says:

    I’m sending prayers for your dad’s complete recovery and to the rest of you too helping him get through this. It’s very hard to watch your normally so strong dad be this sick. I’ll be watching formyour updates

  9. Address for card ? Would love to send you all wishes from Ohio. I feel like we are friends I have been reading your blog forever! prayers and strength to you too.

  10. Sending prayers your dad’s way. I hope he’s feeling better and back in his beloved garden very, very soon.

  11. Sending you all ((((hugs))) and prayers. Tell your Mom and Dad that there are many prayer warriors praying for his recovery. Hang in there Rhoda and take care of yourself too – its a difficult time for all of you. Love all of you.

  12. Rhoda, having been a geriatric nurse for 30+ years I know how difficult it is for the patients and their families at a time like this. My prayers are goi9ng out for your Dad, you and your family.

  13. Marty Oravetz says:

    Oh my, I do wish him well and prayers for all.

  14. Sending healing prayers for Dad. Praying for your mom and family to keep up your strength and energy. How go to all of you.

  15. Roxanne says:

    Prayers continuing for your dad’s complete and rapid recovery. All of you, especially your sweet mama, need to remember to take care of yourselves too. And Rhoda, your readers love you and we understand you can’t be posting like normal. We will all be here when you can.

    One other thing about antibiotics…if you develop diarrhea while on them, NEVER take Imodium, etc. It can cause something called Megacolon if you are coming down with C. diff. Thank goodness my pharmacist warned me about that.

  16. Thank you so much for sharing about your dad. I have so much affection for him and I am so sad that he is hurting.
    He will feel so much better when he is able to be in his own home again. Sometimes in facilities, older folks get agitated in the evenings. It’s called sundowner syndrome. It resolves when they return to familiar surroundings.
    God bless. Stay strong.

  17. Rhoda, so sorry that your dad is still battling this c diff thing…you have educated all of us…I’m sure it’s a lesson you wish your dad didn’t have to learn. Your family is so good about caring for him. He is a sweetie!

  18. Melodye Whalin says:

    Prayers.
    Address for birthday cards, please.

  19. Prayers and love to you and your family.

  20. Judy Clark says:

    Prayers and hugs to your family Rhoda. Please tell your Mother and Daddy that Paul and I love them and pray that your Daddy will feel better soon. I know him and know that he is NOT happy in the Rehab center. Thankfully BIL is taking care of the garden. That is something that he will not have to worry about. If hubby and I lived close we ill help you guys out. Much love to you today.

  21. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, all best wishes for your dad’s speedy and FULL recovery!

  22. Oh my, your poor Dad and what he’s gone/going through. I hope he’s home soon! Hang in there!
    Celia

  23. Everyone one should take a probiotics everyday! We wash our hand with anti-bacterial soap and we are killing our own good bacteria. This is such a huge problem for young and old. I love hearing the stories about your dad and mom so please give him hugs and kisses from all of us. Happy Fourth and Get Well soon dad!

  24. Oh Rhoda I feel your heart break and I know exactly what you guys are going through. It’s so hard to watch a loved one , especially at their age, change with failing health and watch as they slowly recover. Antibiotics and infections wreak havoc on elderly and it’s so scary. There have been many times I thought my grandfather wasn’t going to bounce back and he did so I am hoping your dad bounces back too. Fingers crossed the rehab helps him and that is awesome you guys are all taking turns being there. It’s such a lonely place and big change for someone who is use to being home and active. My grandfather is now in the nursing home full time (going on 4th week) and we all try to space out when we visit during the day to keep his spirits up but it’s not easy that’s for sure. Hang in there Rhoda! Hugs

  25. Debby J says:

    So sorry your dad and your family are going through this. The loss of appetite with someone who has been in the hospital for a long stay is not uncommon. We experienced it with my sister when she was in an really bad care accident years ago, and more recently with my mom when she was hospitalized for broken hip. Prayers for you, and your family. I hope your dad is better soon. Don’t lose hope. Miracles, big and little, happen every day.

  26. Bonnie E says:

    Still praying for your Dad. I hope he continues to improve quickly. I know with my Mom it seems like everything is in slow motion as they age. I dress her, fix her hair with curling iron, help her get in & out of the wheelchair to my car and she seems so fragile . She only eats what she loves. I know it is heartbreaking watching your Dad go thru this. When I leave my Mom , I leave the biggest pile of junkfood……..milkshakes, Shipley do-nuts, choc. candy, choc. milk, etc. I hope your Dad’s appetite picks up. Hugs to you & your Dad. Will be looking for your updates & praying!

  27. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    This just breaks my heart. But I have every ounce of faith needed to know he will overcome this. I will pray for that to happen daily. Everyone else needs to take care of themselves, too. I’m praying for every sweet member of you family.

  28. Reading today about your dad brings sweet and bittersweet memories, Rhoda! Thirteen years ago was the last 4th of July I got to spend with my dad. He passed away a little over a month later from a stroke/heart problems. I so enjoy reading about your dad because he reminds me of mine so much. Caring, loving, gentle men who love their families and were brought up in a time that was so different than we were…many children of the depression, gone to war in the their young years, coming home to marry and raise families….I pray for your dad and your mom that he is back home with her soon. Unexpected bumps in the life road we journey make us so grateful for our parents and our families. Happy 4th, Rhoda to you and yours!

  29. Ohhh I’m so sorry your dad is sick. My dad had the same problem with not being hungry and 6″3″ 120lbs. So I can highly recommend getting a high speed blender, if he can only get 3 sips down pack them full of nuts, kale, high fat plain yogurt chia seeds matcha tea, blueberries, but it must taste good and you will need to make small portions several times per day, research it. The health care people have good intentions but very little time, so the family has to do it.

    I’m praying for him.
    June

  30. Donnamae says:

    You are doing exactly what you should be doing….giving him lots of love and support. I do know what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with your dad and family.

  31. I wish people would realize how important “gut health” is to staying healthy overall. I take probiotics everyday for that very reason. I pray that your dad will make a full recovery. God has this!

  32. Rosie S says:

    Yes, this is such a hard thing to go thru. For everyone. Prayers for you all. Hopefully SOON, you will be able to celebrate the 4th…a little late, but sometimes, that is how life goes! Best wishes to your daddy!

  33. Bernadette Moore Klapheke says:

    So sorry this happened to your Dad. Will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  34. Prayers for your Dad and your family!

  35. So sorry to hear about your dad. Keeping him in prayer.

  36. Melissa Tennery says:

    Praying your dad gets well soon. My husband had a bout woth c diff adter taking a broad spectrrtum antibiotic. He s a very healthy man but this really took it out of him. He began taking probiotics afterwards and was still struggling. He was speaking with a dr about the small relapses he was having and how he felt he wasn t getting quite over it. The doctor told him to take FLORESTOR. This did the trick. It works differently than other probiotics and was very successful in helping my husband get better very quickly.
    He still takes it daily as a precaution but has never had a problem with c diff since. Hope this helps!

    • THanks, Melissa, I know when he was in the hospital, they were giving him Florestor. I’ll have to see if it’s still being administered in the rehab.

  37. Oh, sweet Rhoda, my heart goes out to you and your family. My own dad had c diff and it is just as you described. My very best wishes for your father to make a speedy recovery.

  38. Prayers for your dad and family. He reminds me so much of my own dad and my heart goes out to you.

  39. Rhoda,
    It is very difficult to see your family member be sick and challenged by several conditions. As an ED RN , we see this daily and we experienced this in May with the MIL in TN. Hang in there and go day by day and celebrate the small successes. To add to the c-diff discussion, most hospitals and facilities have resorted to decontaminating rooms and public bathrooms with UV light devices daily and after a discharge. Soap and water are required to clean your hands after being in the room and scrupulous use of the personal attire barrier devices are mandated. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

  40. May I ask what antibiotic they had him on to begin with? I so hope that he can regain his strength and get better soon! I hate that he is so fragile right now! Saying prayers for him and for your family!

    • HI, Lori, he was prescribed Amoxi/Clav for cough/cold symptoms. That’s what started this, Not to say it’s bad, but it killed all the good bacteria in his gut and created an environment for this mess to grow.

      • Brand name = Augmentin. And, in my humble opinion (clinician/scientist), it is not a go-to drug for anyone, especially the very young or elderly…or, really anyone. It causes “diarrhea or severe diarrhea” in a large percentage of patients. Augmentin is high dose amoxicillin with clavulanic acid (supposedly aids in delivery of amoxicillin) An old drug, no better than amoxicillin, which, sadly many bacteria have developed resistance to. Probiotics recommended for us all. Best wishes for continued improvement for your dad

  41. Prayers for the continued recovery for your Dad.

  42. Thanks for this update Rhoda…you and your family have been on my mind and in my prayers. I think you all made the right decisions and hopefully time will be a great healer.

  43. I can hear the worry and grief in your voice and my heart breaks for all of you. I know all too well the feelings you’re experiencing. Prayers for all of you.

    • Thank you, Sharon, we are worried, but we are hopeful and trusting that God will bring him through this back to a full recovery.

  44. Hi Rhoda
    I’ve enjoyed your blog and FB posts about your sweet daddy, and am so sorry he has been so ill. That C-Diff is a nasty one (I am a RN), and it does take a toll on folks. I will keep him on my prayer list??. Sending your sweet mama strength and love ❤️ to get through this with him.
    Hope y’all get to enjoy the 4th Holiday ? with him.

  45. Prayers and positive thoughts for your Daddy and family. Stay strong! My mom suffered from multiple bouts of c-diff last year after a short hospital stay so I know how it can wrack your body. Stay positive and bring him his favorite foods to try and get calories in him. Once he gets home I’m sure he’ll bounce back!

  46. Alison K says:

    Thanks for the update. I pray for healing. Thanks for sharing your family with all of us.

  47. Continue to pray for your sweet dad, and all of you! I know this has to be so hard on your precious mom. As an otherwise healthy 40 year old when I got it, I can tell you it took awhile to bounce back. I can only imagine how much harder it is for a soon to be 90 year old. But your dad was strong before and is a fighter!! I know this is a VERY busy month for you, so prayers my friend for strength to get you through as well.

  48. Sandy A says:

    Prayers for your Dad that each day he will gain strength and his health back! He is getting the best medicine of family love. Day by day with rest, nutrition, prayers, and love he will heal and be back home with your mom and his garden!! How is your mom holding up,—prayers for her as well, this is hard on her and all of your family…

  49. Bless y’all. I know this is so hard on your family, but your family has faith, and the great physician is watching and upholding all of you during this period of recovery for your father. The peace of Christ be with thy spirit.

  50. Suzette gore says:

    Your dad is in my prayers.
    Hope each day is better, so he can go back home.
    It can take awhile for the elder.
    My dad was very low a couple years ago and he is doing great at this time
    I sure can relate with what is going on.
    Happy 4th! God Bless?this nation and each one of you!?
    Suzette Gore NMB, SC

  51. Oh Rhoda I’m so, so sorry my friend. I am praying for your daddy and for your whole family too because I’ve been in your shoes. I wish I lived closer so I could be there to care for his garden. Please keep us updated and I’d love to send him a card could you post the address of where he is or pm it to me on FB? Take care of yourself too and that sweet mama. ❤️❤️❤️ xoxo, Barb

  52. My prayers and hugs to your family.

  53. I’ll be praying for your Dad, still, Rhoda. It takes time for elderly people to get back to where they were before an illness. There is no ‘bouncing’ back at 90! Encourage him to eat, drink, and rest. The PT should help with strength. Also, ask questions of his primary doctor if the fatigue continues. He should be making improvements and if he isn’t there may be another underlying reason. Not sure that a Rehab place would be looking for those things.

  54. VintageBeachgirl says:

    Many prayers for your Daddy to get his strength back and get back on his feet! Prayers for strength for you and your family that you may help him through this!!

  55. I am praying hard for your sweet daddy to make a turn for the better! I was relieved to hear that your BIL was tending to the garden so that your daddy wouldn’t be stressed about it. Praying for strength for all of the family as well.

  56. Shannon says:

    Oh honey that must be so extra frustrating since it could have been avoided if you’d only been told. It’s so kind of you to share that information with everyone. I will pray hard that he is well for his birthday and back home mom very soon!!!! Hugs 🙂

  57. Cheryl Ann says:

    Hi Rhoda, so sorry to hear about your dad. I’ve never heard of c-diff before, but I’m telling everyone I know because when we take antibiotics, who would guess this is a possibility. Please tell your dad that he is in my prayers. His work ethic is inspiring and I love when you update us on his garden or the work he does helping you fix-up your home. My prayers are with you all.

  58. Deborah says:

    My 24yr old nephew developed cdiff after having his tonsils removed. It is the worst I’ve ever seen him! Prayers for your daddy! ((hugs))

  59. Many prayers for your dad and your family.

  60. thank you for taking the time to post your Dad’s condition and situation…He is in my prayers and I, too, hope he can build some strength…perhaps the rehab center will allow your mom to take in some food he’s familiar with, to perk that appetie

  61. Marianne A. says:

    Sending good thoughts from New Hampshire and wishing your Dad a speedy and complete recovery. So sorry to hear you are all going through this.

  62. Will be praying for your sweet Dad and mom as well as your whole family, as things like this impact everyone. Your faith is strong and God is stronger. He seems like such a sweet man and reminds me of our own dads and moms. Hard working, God fearing, salt of the earth type people who have contributed so very much to our world. Praying he will will get stronger each and every day and you all feel God’s abiding presence and comfort.

  63. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Rhoda, thanks for sharing the latest news, about your precious Daddy, with us. We are keeping every one of you in our prayers. The Lord knows all about you and what you are going through and He is always there! Blessings to you all!

  64. Been wondering how things were going..thanks for sharing the update with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know what an emotional roller coaster this is for you and family and how weird the role reversal of parent/child seems. Big hugs !

  65. My husband got C-diff after a round of antibiotics following surgery. We definitely know how hard it is to get back to your old self….praying for your Dad!

  66. Oh Rhoda, I am so sorry to hear this! Your Dad seems like the sweetest man . I will put him on my prayer list right now. I will also keep checking your updates. Take care and send love to your Mom too.

  67. I recently had a round of Amoxicillin and learned that PRE-biotics are even more helpful than probiotics. They basically “wake up” and multiply his own good bacteria that’s left. PRObiotics are needed too, but the body gets rid of them after a few weeks. Taking both will help him get better even faster.
    Amazon has a couple of good brands–you need one that wakes up the good guys and starves the bad guys.

    • Grace, I’ve never even heard of Pre-biotics! What?! It’s amazing what is out there that we know nothing about. Thanks for sharing!

  68. Thank you for the update. Have been wondering how things were going. Have experienced this with my mom. Rehab will do wonders but it takes time. Take care of your self and your mom-ma I’m sure she is worried sick. Prayers for all of you.

  69. Mary in Idaho says:

    Praying for your Mom and Dad.

  70. Mary Anne Russo says:

    Praying for your dad’s speedy recovery, sending prayers to you and your whole family.

  71. Praying for a complete recovery for your dad. I Peter 2:24.

  72. My thoughts and prayers to your father and family.
    Sending get well wishes.

  73. So sorry your Dad went through all that. Wonderful that he’s in a good facility and on the mend, allbeit slower than anticipated. It’s unfortunate his doctor didn’t recommend probiotics … so very necessary. Will keep your sweet Dad in prayer for comfort and healing.

  74. I was just about to send good wishes for your dad and the entire family when I saw the precious photo of your dad and Lauren on instagram. What a priceless image! Your posts about your parents are some of my favorites and I’m looking forward to many more! You all are in my prayers as your dad continues to regain his strength. Thank you for taking the time to fill us in on his progress.

  75. Rhoda, Thank you for the update on your dear Father. I am praying for him to get stronger each day so he can come home. If they are not already doing it ask the rehab facility to give your father Ensure. When my own Mother was so sick with it she didn’t want to eat but would drink a chocolate Ensure several times a day. The doctor can prescribe it for him if necessary so that they will bring it with his meals. Please don’t worry about missing some time on posting on your “blawg.” Isn’t that what your Daddy calls it? We will all be here when you get back to normal. Lynne in Hampton,Ga

    • Thanks, Lynn, we are giving him Boost and Ensure, so he does like those and we are aiming for 2 of those a day. I’ll be posting as I can, it’s going to be a busy month for sure! And yes that’s what daddy calls it, my blawg!

  76. Patty Lucas says:

    I sent my card and I am praying every day for your Father. I always start taking yogurt when I am put on an antibiotic and that seems to help a lot. Remember never use menthol ANYTHING when you have a cold or cough. Apparently they make more mucus. My Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor told me that because I could not stop coughing. After I stopped using menthol, I stopped coughing. Please keep updating us and remember to take care of yourself too.

  77. When my dad was in Cardic unit at the hospital years ago, I brought my youngest child (who was under a year) to see him. Yes I know I snuck her in and had to leave as soon as the doctor saw her. Didn’t take my dad to long to get up out of there. Grand kids were his motivation. Maybe his Great grandkids can visit him and bring some of his garden veggies and sneak something your mom cooked in and it will motivate him quicker. Praying for your dad and God bless you all.

  78. Debbi Saunders says:

    Praying for your Dad and your Family Rhoda… praying for complete healing, strength, and a speedy recovery in hopes that he will be able to return home to celebrate his 90th Birthday…and get back in his beloved Garden…

  79. Hi Rhoda – I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Over the years I love seeing his smiling face in your posts. I hope and pray he gets stronger each day and back to feeling like himself again.

    XO Diane

  80. My thoughts and prayers are with your sweet dad. What a wonderful man and so happy that I had the great pleasure of meeting him. I pray that he recovers quickly and back home to the things that he loves to do and you are all able to celebrate his 90th at home! Take care!

  81. Hey, I learned the hard way, also, about AB burnout, when I was a young woman. Not so young now. Some are more susceptible to AB burnout than others. Sometimes, it’s the duration of taking AB. Anyway it’s important to take probiotics and eat yogurts, while taking ABs. I was in a rehab after surgery. It wasn’t the horror story I read and heard so much about. The people were great. Never saw harder working and overworked people in my life. And I’ve worked in a hospital. Those folks, Nurses, Nurses aids, PT techs, Dietary and Social Worker had me up and out in 3 weeks. I thought I was going to be in there for months. As long as a patient is cooperative, they can do wonders.

  82. Patti Osmus says:

    So sad to see that worn out look on your Dad’s face. Hope he’s up and better very soon. I’m sure all that loving from “his girl” was just the kick start he needed.

  83. Kelly Davis says:

    I am so sorry for your precious daddy. I love that when I am writing this, the number of comments was “90”- his soon to be celebrated birthday! I am praying for his recovery right now, and pray you soon see his usual spunk and energy restored.

  84. Melesa Garrison says:

    Prayers for strength and comfort right now, for your sweet Daddy. I’m glad he is in rehab getting good care, and he is so blessed to have you all in his life. Blessings to you all!

  85. How do I send a card to your Daddy for his birthday?

  86. Awwwwww so very sorry 🙁 Hang in there!!!

  87. A family member had repeated bouts of c-diff…..don’t immediately stop the antibiotic treatment of it. Instead, be sure to taper the dosage so it doesn’t come back. Prayers for your sweet dad.

  88. I am so sorry to hear that your Dad is ill and I send prayers that he will start recovering quickly. That is a beautiful picture of him and Lauren. I very much hope he will get home soon & most importantly feel good again. Best Wishes!

  89. A nurse once told us that for every day our beloved seniors are under the weather, they will need 3 days to return to where they were.
    Hang in there.

  90. Rhoda,

    I am praying for your precious dad. We feel that we know him. Eva

  91. Prayers your dad heals quickly and is home for his birthday. I think you told us to ask for your mailing address so please send.

  92. I am so hoping that your dad is doing better and continues to recover well….I sent him a Birthday card, and hope he has a nice celebration on the 14th! Hoping he gets lots of cards! He reminds me so of my dad in so many ways…He is turning 91 in this year! Tell your dad we are all rooting for him and wishing him the very best!

  93. Rhoda,

    Continued prayers for your Dad! I hope he is feeling better and back at home and in the garden soon!

  94. I am so sorry to read this about your dad. I can so relate. My mom has been in and out of the hospital over the past eight months, and she is only 75. It’s hard to see our once active parents so weak, frail, and without appetite. I will pray for your daddy right along with my mama.

  95. So sorry to hear about your dad, I hope he is on the mend and back home with family soon. Prayers to your family.

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