Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Round-Up Wednesday

Dad, taken last summer.


I've been pretty sporadic lately with blogging due to a few commitments with my father. Here's an update on the 'goings-on' in the family to accommodate his needs.


After Dad's one week stay in the hospital with pancreatitus, he was 'discharged' this past Sunday. We were all amazed at his recovery, as were the medical staff. I guess we shouldn't have been as Dad has always had good health.




So he is back home now and a little 'shaky' from the whole ordeal. All eight of his 'kids' were here. A good time to hold a meeting and decide what had to be be done and put in place to help him out for the next few weeks.


I phoned a couple of the sibs and they thought it was a good idea.......Monday at 6:30 P.M. at Dad's house. The agenda would be to work out a schedule of times for each of us (minus the two that were leaving for Alberta) to be with Dad 24/7. 




I was anticipating a lot of difficulties with this. We each have our own agenda and mind-set. How would this work out!


Well, in a nut shell, it went very smoothly and in about two hours we worked out a schedule that has Dad 'covered' around the clock. Each of us will spend one night with him ( one brother will do two nights) and the 'flexible' (retired/semi-retired) sibs, along with a few nieces and nephews, ex-brother in-law will be there throughout the day.




All of us had one thing on our minds, Dad's recovery and safety at home. I was very proud of all of us to be able to focus on what mattered the most.


Dad of course is very pleased with this and feels very comforted by the fact that he will not be alone at this time. Mind you, he is not used to all this 'fuss' and realizes he has to relinquish some independence for the time being.




We all feel he will recover from this but will be weakened, mobility-wise, to some degree. Considering his age, 94, this is to be expected. So today an Occupational Therapist from the Department of Veterans Affairs (Federal Government) is meeting with Dad and myself to see what his needs will be in the immediate future.


This department has been very helpful in the past in providing 'help' for Dad as he got older and wasn't able to do certain things anymore.....like grounds maintenance, house-keeping, mobility equipment etc.




So we are all relieved that Dad is back with us and are looking at this as a 'bonus' to have him still with us.


        Taken last June at his birthday party.







27 comments:

  1. Oh Jim,this brought a tear to my eyes! Especially that last picture! Bless you and all off your siblings for taking such exemplary care of your Dad!

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  2. I am so glad to hear your dad is doing better! He is so lucky to have all of you who love him there to help! I love that last picture of him!

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  3. He is the luckiest dad in the whole world to have all of his children around and taking care of him. I want that!
    God Bless you all.
    Your Friend, m.

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  4. Wow! To have 7 siblings and all willing to take part in helping is phenomenal! When my mom was sick and needed care, though I had a full time job and a family of my own to take care of, my 6 sibs couldn't seem to commit and she became pretty much my responsibility. But to this day, I have no regrets. I am so happy to know your dad is home and on the mend. Yours is a dedicated, loving family and, yes... it brought a tear to my eye as well... Great post, Jim.

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  5. your father is very fortunate to have family around him. i can't imagine what it must be like to be 94, but your dad seems to have figured it out pretty well. glad to hear that he is back home.

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  6. Great that everyone's working together! Pancreatitis is nothing to sneeze at -- it carried off the Canadian TV chef Ken Kostick just last week and he was only 58, I believe. Your Dad will have a recovery period ahead of him for sure, but he'll have you all there helping him which is so wonderful.

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  7. This is truly amazing............

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  8. What an awesome post. Yet again.
    I am so happy to hear how you all pulled together for someone who is one of the most important in your lives. The world needs more families that pull together in times like this.

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  9. That last photo is lovely - your dad looks very relaxed and happy ! How wonderful- you have all rallied round to take such good care of him -he must feel very proud of you all ! What a lovely family.

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  10. What an absolute sweetheart he seems to be! He must have done something right to have raised such a wonderful family - good for you, amazing that your entire family is providing such a solid support system. Wonderful to read! All the very best to your dad!

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  11. Well done for getting that sorted so easily. I hope it all works out well for him. xxx

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  12. Pleased your dad is doing well and hope this continues.

    The tree photos .... are they elderbrry? I have an elderberry that gets the same 'flower/buds' each year and persist on the tree through fall?

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  13. you breed them tough in canada!!!!!
    way to go

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  14. You guys are the best! Hugs.

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  15. Jim, you should be so proud. My motto in life is "If you give respect, you get respect". Your Dad is only getting what he has always given to all of you. He is a wonderful man, and deserves nothing but the best. Love you all.

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  16. So glad you were able to work out a schedule for coverage and care! I remember when my mom's parents were ailing how hard it was for my uncle and mom to nail everything down for their care, I can't imagine with so many siblings, but clearly you are all working together to care for your dad! All the best!
    Tamar

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  17. Wow, I'll bet your dad is so incredibly proud of his brood. I'm very impressed with you all. How wonderful for your dad to have you all rally around him.

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  18. Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!1I hope that at 93+ I can look as good as Jim Sr.!~!!!!
    Jim, your family has obviously grasped the message, that there is only one important gem in life, the family!! Mr. Jim Sr., keep cheering for those Blue Jays, and by the time you reach 100 they will be back in the World Series.

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  19. How wonderful! You have a very strong family.

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  20. Aww hello Jim. I am so glad to hear that things went well with your dad, it must have been a stressful time with everyone. From the pictures, he looks absolutely great for 94. Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.

    I think it is lovely you have arranged for your family to take it in turns to care for him.

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  21. I have a young English Elderberry tree, in about its fourth season, that has very similar seedy/flower pods. A nice ornamental decidious tree if you are looking for more trees at your nursery, however, it needs space as it grow 8-10 metres high.

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  22. How fortunate for everyone that you all live close enough and there are enough of you to be able to stay with Dad around the clock. That is such a blessing for him. What a great family! :)

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  23. I am so happy for the update and the pics of your dad are wonderful! I am also amazed at the wonderful family that you have...I know that would never happen here, well, it didn't so I'll just say..you are all so Blessed. take care..;j

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  24. Glad your dad is doing better and that he has such a loving family to care for him. He looks great in those pictures, by the way!

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  25. I am so happy that your father is finally home and with his loved ones. I admire you and your siblings. You don't make any excuses and are just there when your dad needs you. You're all so helpful and caring as children should be with their parents. You seem like a very loving family and I love seeing that.

    And your dad seems very strong, even at 94. That last photo is a treasure. What a smile!

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  26. good news indeed! good for you all if things are working out. i was wondering: do you have that service in NS where an elderly wears a bracelet that signals the central to send help when his vitals are going wrong? because, as much as you want to be there, something may come up and you think, oh, i'll be gone only 10-15 minutes, no more than that and he's resting right now. he won't even know.

    just be glad you've got this time as a bonus. a man his age going through what he did and back home in no time, all things considered? down right miraculous. most would remain at the hospital and croak... unable to resume any sense of a normal life. i don't mean to sound rude. i just find it amazing!! you did say he had always been healthy. usually, those are the ones to go when a big illness strikes them down. if i look at my mom, she always took care of my dad, then she had a stroke, which ruined her chance at a normal life as she knew it, and the second one did it for her. i always thought she was strong as a ox. and my dad, always ailing, still breathes... go figures!! think about the bracelet. you could be downstairs in the laundry room or in the yard while he is in his room or something and he feels wrong. to be so close and yet so far, i think this is something that needs to be considered.
    good luck!!
    this is demanding on everyone but you folks love him...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  27. I wish your dad a speedy recovery and well done to you all for the support youu are giving him.
    xxx

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