Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer Saturday.......A Birthday.


My father played this every Sunday when we were kids.

It's my father's birthday today. We will be 96 years old. 

He LOVES baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays.

We had a birthday party planned for him but had to cancel it.

Dad enjoys his 'sweets'.

Ten days ago he went into the hospital. Being 96, this past year has taken it's toll.

He's hooked on 'old movies'.

Mentally he is pretty sharp. Physically, his body is breaking down.

John Wayne is one of his favourites.

He should be home by the middle of next week. A few 'home adjustments' have been made and extra support people are needed.



So today we will all be dropping by his room in the hospital to wish him a Happy Birthday. This is a first for him.




25 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your dad, Jim. Wow, 96? Amazing! I wish you all a great day together.

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  2. Happy birthday to your dad - 96 is a fine old age to get to! Shame you had to cancel the celebrations, I do hope he is holding up.

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    1. Thanks Annie! He is holding up as best expected considering 'things'. Hey, maybe we'll 'rock' that hospital room today!! lol

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  3. Happy Birthday and best wishes to your Dad! Sneak him a cupcake or something in the hospital. And with luck, maybe there's a ball game on the telly this afternoon!

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    1. Debra, you should see his night table covered with his sweets!! He's been watching the ball games already and last night's Blue Jay game.

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  4. Best birthday wishes to your dad, Jim!

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  5. Hugs and birthday blessings to your Dad Jim.

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  6. Happy birthday to your dad! I really hope you rock his hospital-room. Hey, the nurses will love that, too ;). (I should know, I´am a nurse too ;P!)

    Maybe you can have a party later, when he is home again. I wish him all the BEST-(es) :D! Hope he recovers soon.

    Have a good day.

    Schnuffie

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    1. Hey Alex! Welcome and good to meet you. The hospital room is too small to 'rock'! lol But he did have a good day.

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  7. Aw, Jim, I'm so sorry your dad will spending his birthday in the hospital. Wow, 96! What a blessing for all of you. I hope your dad enjoys his day, and all his happy visitors!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! His day was a busy one with visitors....when I left he was very tired.

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  8. Sad that he didn't get back home in time. But it is preferable to find reliable people to assist him. I hope you don't intend to do most of it yourself, or else, you won't last very long. He's worth it but find proper help. You're worth it too!!
    Happy 96 to the "young" man!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Thanks for this! I need reminders like this every so often. I do what I feel I can do and sometimes this does become too much for me. The next two weeks will show us exactly how things have changed and the appropriate adjustments to his care will be made.

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  9. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to your dad...I hope he at least had some cake!

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    1. Two kinds Jojo! Chocolate and a pound cake. The nurses enjoyed it too!

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  10. Happy birthday to your Dad, and hugs to you, dear Jim.

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  11. Bless his heart, Jim. I hope he enjoyed your visits. xoxo

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  12. Jim- this is such a hard place to be in life- for both you and your Dad. I'm sure it's so hard to watch him become more frail--- make lots of precious memories. You are both blessed to have each other-- this is bittersweet I know--
    Vicki

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  13. Happy Birthday to your dad. I'm sorry to hear he is not in the best of health. Hope he picks up real soon.

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  14. Hope your Dad is doing better and a big happy birthday to him! Wow 96 I bet he is a very interesting man to sit and chat with. Have a lovely week!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  15. happy birthday to your papa. i can only imagine the things he has seen change in 96 years. WOWzers. arsenic and old lace is one of my faves too, i LERVE old movies too,

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  16. 96 IS IMPRESSIVE! Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad :)

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