Today was another great day!
All tubes gone, up and walking around, and eating.
The physical therapist came by this morning and got dad up to walk
around. Thanks to new house shoes Katherine brought him, he was walking
around comfortably as opposed to with those awful hospital socks; you
know the kind with grips on the top and the bottom (we were told they
are cheaper to make that way).
She initially had daddy walk with a walker, but he took about 10 steps
and told her he didn't want to use it. So, she allowed him to walk with
her, and his IV pole, around the floor without a walker. When they got
back to the room, dad did a little soft shoe shuffle (you would have
been proud Kenny) and asked the PT if he passed now that he could dance,
and could he go home now. I told him that maybe we should start with a
nice slow waltz and Katherine chimed in that tap dancing was a bit more
precarious to pursue at this time and we should work up to it. 😊👍🏻 I
should also mention that the next time he walked around he asked if he
should jog back to the room. 😁
He still has a little bit of issue swallowing thin liquids like broth
soups and his jaw is pretty sore, making chewing painful. Overall, he's
doing really well and trying to prove he is ready to go home.
We are so grateful that Meta and Albert Laabs came by today. He is a 6
year survivor of GBM and I think helped dad feel a little better about
his diagnosis. We also have another friend, Zehong, who is a 9 year
survivor. Great stories of LIFE all around.
Mark and Wendy made it back today and came straight to the hospital to
see dad. He was moved to a step down floor and Mark is staying the night
with him tonight.
You can really tell how great a person is by the company they keep. All
of the amazing people that have come to visit and bring food are a
testament to the amazing friends dad has. Last night, dad's friend Uday
stayed the night with him and gave a great report about his night when I
checked in on him this morning. Uday is a "cigar shop" friend that dad
has, and he and his family have been a beautiful blessing during this
time. Their love for dad is evident in the way they have stepped up,
coming home early from their family's Christmas celebration, to Uday's
wife, Sunita (I think I spelled that correctly) checking on a
prescription for dad to help make his eyes feel better (she is a
pharmacist at Methodist). Just another example of how God made sure dad
was somewhere surrounded by friends that love him in the hospital.
Thank you again for your prayers! We are almost to the point where dad
can come home, but the journey is just beginning. Please keep praying
diligently for dad!