Dad Update

When Dad came out of surgery, he went to ICU. They wouldn’t let us see him for a couple of hours, but finally we were called from the ICU waiting area (not a happy place) back to see him. When they got there, the curtain was pulled and Dad was in ICU until yesterday, when they moved him to a new room.

Now he is off the oxygen, no more catheter, taking percocet by mouth instead of the morphine. They got him up and walked him about 100 yards today. He is definitely feeling better, because he called me three times this afternoon to see what I was doing at the Lake. I was mowing. He actually told me how to crank the lawn mower. I have been mowing the lawn since about 5th grade. I was so scared that he would die last week and thankful he didn’t that i actually listened and acted like i was learning something I didn’t know. Supreme willpower not to be snarky.

Mom is doing well – she is exhausted from worrying so much. I think she is nervous about Dad coming home and having to help him. My sister is with her until at least tomorrow. Lisa and Dash might come up and stay at the lake with me tomorrow. Pretty weird to have Memorial Day weekend pretty much by myself. Todd is having fun in Alaska and I am so thankful that he got to go on his trip – he totally deserves the break. The kids are being spoiled rotten in Auburn with the in-laws. All the family dogs (Quint, Emily, and Malex) are with me at the lake, which is where they are happiest: Swimming in the lake, running loose, eating sticks, and showing up at the back door smelling like dead fish.

I know I said it before, but I am so thankful to have such wonderful friends, family, and neighbors. We had a shitty week, but it was also the most loved i have felt in years.*

*Don’t worry – Dogwood Girl will be back to her old snarkastic ways in no time. This emotional shit is exhausting. . .

p.s. Macon pretty much sucks ass.

  6 comments for “Dad Update

  1. Vanessa
    May 24, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Annie – I had no idea about Cecil (found out last night before I texted) or I would have called you last week!!! I am so sorry. Please let me know if you or your family needs anything, and tell Cecil we love him.

  2. tori
    May 25, 2009 at 11:48 am

    “He actually told me how to crank the lawn mower. I have been mowing the lawn since about 5th grade. I was so scared that he would die last week and thankful he didn’t that i actually listened and acted like i was learning something I didn’t know.”

    Wow. Man. That is really, really true and beautiful. I am so glad your Pops is doin’ fine! You’ve been on my mind mighty heavy, pal.

  3. May 26, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks, Tori! How are you doing? I thought of you when I saw the sign for B’ham when I was over that way picking up kiddos. I was mostly thinking, wow, would be way more fun to go see Tori in B’ham than pick up kids at in-laws’ in Dadeville.

  4. May 26, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    It’s cool, nessie. It just kind of snowballed pretty quickly. Hope your last week (?) is great and looking forward to summer margaritas with you.

  5. tori
    May 27, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I’m doing well – looking for an excuse to come up and visit after my cousin gets hitched in Mobile and I figure out exactly what the heck it is I’m doing. I have a feeling the latter will be an ongoing process – so maybe a visit sooner than later – I will make sure you have some time when I come up. :)

  6. May 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Give us some advanced notice so we can come and hang!

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