Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Here is Dads "Trick or Treat" face!!!!!

Dad had a great day!! Here are more pics.....

And here is Minnie Mouse! She racked up tonight!!! We didn't get many pics though......

She wore her cute glasses for 2.5 seconds!

Not complete without stickers.....

Posing with Uncle B's cool pumpkin!

Here we go!!!!!

Trick or Treating at the Irwin's!!!!!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday 10/29

Dad has been doing pretty good with Rehab. They are working him more during the day and he is handling it well. Mom said they gave him a "buzz cut" today. She sent a picture and I think he looks soo good. He is wearing normal clothes now...ano more hospital gowns! He is on a cuff less trach.... This is one step closer to having it removed!!!!! We are starting to take some bigs steps forward and we are all soo excited!!!!! I will be with Dad on Monday and will update more after seeing him!

Ladies and Gentlemen.... The new "buzz cut!"
And I can't close without adding a picture of my lil sweetie.

She picked out her pumpkin at the "unkin patch"...... Love this girl to pieces!!!!!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wonderful Wednesday

Are you ready??!!!!!! No, I'm not starting the Hotty Toddy chant!!!!
Jack Rhodes is moving to Rehab today!!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooohoooooo. Hell yes, damn right!!!!! Lol =)
Those of you that know my Daddy know how much he loves Ole Miss.... Had to add a little humor in there!!
I'm on my way to Memphis, but I will update more later!!!!!!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday 10/25

Dad had a really good day. Worked really hard in his therapies. We found out he will probably get to go to rehab. He will for sure get to stay for 7-10 days, but if he really progresses, he could stay for up to 3 weeks. Then we have to figure out where he will go next. Once he is much stronger, he will be able to go back to rehab for more intense therapy.
I was so proud of how well he worked today. Here are a few pictures.

He sat in his wheelchair for about 3 hours this morning.

They brought the contraption in again. This helps stand him up. It puts lots of pressure on his body and he was standing straight up several times! =)
The therapist kept asking him of he needed to sit down and he'd shake his head no!!

However, we've learned that as soon as we have good, the bad has got to follow. Mon was there tonight and his pulse ox was low. Respiratory told her not to be surprised if he's back on oxygen tomorrow. Hopefully not, though............
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Monday, October 24, 2011

It's way past my bedtime and I'm exhausted so I'm gonna make this short and sweet. I spent the day with dad on Friday and then again today. Mom was with him Sat and Sunday. We found out that the rehab dr has NOT come to evaluate dad yet. Not sure what the call from the social worker was all about?!? Anyway.... Dads Dr said he spoke to the rehab Dr and he asked him to atleast give dad a chance. He should be by Tuesday or Wednesday to evaluate him and make his decision. Please pray that dad is alert and having a good day when the Dr sees him. I will be with him half of the day tomorrow and I'm hoping he will come while I'm there.
Dad did really well in physical therapy. His therapist is so sweet and you can tell she really cares for dad. They used a machine to get him to stand up. I think he was in pain, but he did it..... Twice!!!!!!!! =) We went for a stroll in his "wheels" around the hallway and then we both dozed off for an afternoon nap!
Will update more, later!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday 10/21

I'm with Dad today. He's been sleeping, but just woke up. The nurse said he was pretty alert this am, but he's just semi alert right now. Mom got a call from the social worker yesterday. We dread those calls cause we always know it means bad news. Dads DR requested he be evaluated for rehab. Well evidently he was and the Rehab Dr said he didn't qualify. Sooooo..... We have to figure out what we are going to do. The social worker said nothing would be done today, or hopefully next week, but she wanted us to be prepared and have a plan. Ugh.... Many tears have been shed. Really our only option is nursing home. Mom and I are prying our brains trying to figure out other options. We just aren't equipped to care for him at home. I have been praying over and over for a miraculous improvement over the next week and he may be able to stay. I pray 563579434733 times a day for a miracle. He's following all commands and doing the therapies, he's just weak.
Here are some pictures that I found on Dads computer at work yesterday. Talk about bringing on the sniffles.... I miss him so much. I told him this morning he better start working harder than ever with his therapies cause we all miss him soo much and want him home! I told him this very sternly and that this was a command. He may have given me a dirty look and said some choice words for my harshness, but dangit..... It's been tooo long and keeps getting harder every day.

Dad with his high school buddies at a reunion. For some reason this pic cracks me up! Those Top Gun shades are soo my daddy!

Dad with his high school buddies. Mrs Carol and her late husband Mr Alvin. I have many memories of hanging at their house and swimming off the dock. Fun times!

I lost it when i saw this one Look at his smile in this picture.....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday 10/18

I'm sorry I haven't updated sooner. I ended up not going to LR today..... My aunt called last night and said she would go check in on Dad. He did well with PT, but wasn't very alert today. Mom got there around 8:30 tonight and he was sleeping. Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow, since Mom will be with him.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday 10/17

I'm really missing my Dad today. I worked at the office today and it seemed like every time I turned around I could hear Dads voice. This really sucks..... There is no other word to explain how I feel. It has been 25 weeks since I've been able to talk to my Dad. I can honestly say I don't think I've ever gone longer than a week without talking to him. I will be with him tomorrow and I can't wait.... I haven't seen him since Thursday. I can't wait to tell him all about Gracie's birthday party! I hate he missed it. I hate that all of this has happened to MY family. I am angry. I know it's very normal to have these feelings. I am usually the "strong" one in the family, but at times I start to break. This is one of those times. I know I'll feel better tomorrow after I see my Daddy (and because of the fact that Monday will be over!) If you could, just say a little prayer for me and my family for strength on these rough days. I know we will make it through this, even though it doesn't seem possible at times.
Since I've had to stop writing this post 3 times to go dry my eyes, I'll close now. I'm hopeful I'll be posting a "happy" post tomorrow! =)

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday 10/14

Mom is with Dad today. She said last night she told him she loved him and he never responded. She told him he was hurting her feelings cause he wasn't saying I love you back. He looked at her and said, "I love you back!" lol lol
They were on their way to therapy when I talked to her earlier.... Will update more later. As you see the posts aren't as frequent. There just isn't much to post right now, so please know that no news is good news. I will try to get in an update once a week, at least!!

Happy 2nd Birthday Gracie!!!!!!!! I don't know how 2 years has passed!!!!! It makes me so sad!!! My baby isn't a baby anymore.... She's a little girl!!!!!
I'm getting things ready for her party tomorrow. I hate it soo much that Dad won't be here. If you know my Dad, then you know how MUCH he loves his Gracie Kate! I think everyone that has come in his office over the past two years had to look at Gracie pictures on his computer and watch videos I'd sent him! He is crazy about this girl!!! (but can you blame him?!?!)
I sang Happy Birthday to Gracie this morning when she woke up. She told me, "No Mommy" and shook her hands! Lol. Here are some pictures from our morning. I'll share more after the party tomorrow!!!!

What Birthday morning is complete without donuts and chocolate milk?!?

It's my birthdayyyy!!!!

Mom, I'm trying to watch Barney here!

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!!!!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wed 10/12

There hasn't been much to update everyone on lately. Dad is about the same. I'm sitting beside him now and he's watching ESPN. Two of his high school buddies came by just a bit ago. I know he enjoyed seeing them.... He even put on his Razorback hat!! =)

These past few days have been pretty stressful for me. I can't tell you how much each and every one of your texts, comments, Facebook posts, phone calls, etc means to me. I can't believe we've been doing this for almost 6 months now. It still seems like a dream.....

Yesterday was my hubby's 30th birthday and Friday Gracie will be 2! Where does the time go?!???!!!!
Happy Birthday to my two loves!!!

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday 10/9

Dad had a fever of 100 degrees (under the arm) last night. Mom and I could tell he didn't feel good by the faces he was making. They called the DR and did some blood cultures and a chest X-ray. I just got here this morning and they don't have any results yet. His temp is down to 97. We are watching Turner Classic Movie channel..... Too much excitement for me this morning! =)

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Checking in

Just wanted to check in. Not much to report. Dad is doing about the same. No news is good news! Mom is going to go watch the game with him today. (I don't know why I'm up this early on a Saturday!)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday 10/4

Happy Tuesday! Dad is sitting in a chair beside me this morning.
Here are a few pictures......

Gooooo Hogsssss!

Do you copy me?!? 10-4. Over and out!!!

Dad rolled his eyes at me when I told him what I put for the last caption! Lol

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday, Oct 3rd

Happy Monday. It's a "blah" day around here!!!! Dad says he feels "so-so" and I'll have to agree the same! Guess we are having a case of the Mondays. PT came in a bit ago and he sat on the side of the bed and did a few exercises. We are watching ESPN right now.... Well Dad is atleast!
Caroline came in for the weekend. She and Dad sang some songs together Friday night. (of course it included ole miss fight song and some James Taylor!) Mom watched the Arkansas game with him on Saturday. She said he raises his fist when they did something good. She told him this was the quietest he's ever been during a Razorback game! Lol. She told him she loved him, then asked if he loved her. He said yes. Then she asked him how much? He said, "More than anything!". Made moms day. She really needed to hear that! =)
Caroline, Mom and I celebrated Moms belated bday Saturday afternoon with Mani/Pedis and salad and Pizza! We enjoyed our girl time together!
I'm with Dad all day today and tomorrow, so I know he's going to have good days since his favorite daughter is here!!!!! (sorry Heff!!!! Lol)

This is just a portion of the cards Dad has received. I think this is just what he's gotten in the past couple weeks!!!!! I figured we should decorate the room with them! =)
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