In the last post Dad was heading to surgery. If you aren't a Facebook friend it must have seemed like we dropped off the face of the earth. I won't copy all the FB updates....but here's a summary and I will be backdating posts through the winter... LOL Summer and Fall are just too busy to keep up.
Benny came over to visit with GG one last time before we headed to Anchorage for surgery. He prayed a sweet prayer that GG kept in his heart, and shared with doctors and nurses for the next months..."Lord, Help GG's heart owies."
On the 4th of August we prayed together, then Stacia, Michael and I moved into the RV and up to Anchorage with Dad. Krista was training that week on base so it was nice for her to have an affordable place to stay as well.
We checked Dad into the hospital on Aug. 5th. I stayed with him until he was being wheeled into surgery.
People around the world were praying for dad (and still are). We knew God saw Dad, and we believe the Holy Spirit was able to speak to Dad even in his state. We believed he knew he was never alone. We prayed before surgery and declared God is good, and THIS was the day the Lord had made. We chose to rejoice.
In the end, Dad did not leave the hospital until Sept 1st. When he left he was still not able to sit up, walk, stand, or take care of any of his needs. He WAS off the feeding tube. They talked us into admitting him to a skilled nursing center. The goal was for him to continue to improve, have daily PT, OT, and such and come home fit and strong. We were told we could not touch or see Dad, he would go directly from the ambulance to the nursing center. I talked to the ambulance company and they let me know when they would be showing up. We met the ambulance outside the center so Dad would know we were still close by. This proved to be good as he was very confused. He didn't know where he was being taken and for days thought he was at our house in the basement.
In addition to Michael, Stacia and I, Arielle and Benny, and Yadira and her girls joined us.
|I LOVE this photo|
The next day we began our window visits. Note, if family has more photos they'd like added - send them to me, these are the ones I have available. At the first visit, I joked to Dad he had always known it would come to visiting through a glass window. LOL Window visits can be frustrating, but we were excited to have this connection. We began drawing and writing on his window. He looked forward to the visits. We were surprised more folks did not have visitors. We always had lots of eyes watching our visits.
|Even Millie made window visits|
|Annie, Gideon and Bella Visit|
|Bennie is surprised he is allowed to draw on the window|
Monday, the 5th were full of several conversations - the upshot being we removed him from the facility on the 7th of October with it documented that his cranky daughter was "removing him from treatment at least a month early." I felt confident in this move. His nurses agreed it was the right move. The official stance is still that Dad would be "safer" in a facility as we can't provide 24/7 supervision. But, he wasn't safe in the facility. I keep a far closer eye on ONE person than they could with a floor of patients.
|He has 24 hour oxygen|
We were able to guide the chair down the slope in the back of the house and these 3 lifted him over the step and into the house.