Thursday, August 23, 2007

good news!


Well, I have some great news. Papa Bear is feeling much better! It was pretty scary at times but day by day he's been getting better. This morning he was back to himself, telling funny stories, and giving the nurses grief.
This morning he told me about the time he was in the hospital years ago in the same room with a man who'd made it his business to collect leftovers from other patient's trays. He'd go around after each meal and pick up all the food he wanted from the trays waiting to be picked up outside the rooms throughout the whole hospital. He had a basin under his bed that he'd filled with ice to keep the perishables cool. He lined the window sills with all the other goodies. One time when my father went to the bathroom, the crazy man switched my father's milk with one of the ones under his bed. My father took a sip and it seemed a little warm and tasted a little funky. His neighbor piped up and said that since Daddy was drinking his right away he'd switched it with an older one. And another time one of my father's friends came for a visit and brought him a nice bowl of fresh fruit. My father left the room and when he came back the crazy man had eaten it all.
Some of Daddy's famous hospital stories are pretty colorful...and lots have gory and disgusting details. Most can't be repeated here. But really, they aren't nearly as funny when I tell them as they are when he tells you about them. Especially when he starts laughing so hard he can hardly finish telling you. Oh, those are the stories I love the best.
I'm so very happy that he's back to his dear self. I know that the day will come someday and I'll try to prepare for it. But for now, oh my dear God, I thank you for your grace.
And to you, my very sweet friends, my whole family thanks you so much for your well wishes and prayers! What a great bunch of friends you are. My niece told me once that she'd pray for something for me and then she said "and Amy, it'll happen because God listens to my prayers."

25 comments:

a pink-bee said...

Am so glad your Dad, is feeling better. He still has alot of monkeys to crave ! :)
Too funny about the weird room mate he had:)
crystalx

Charity said...

Glad to hear he is feeling better. Take care of yourself as well! :)

Charity

Mama Urchin said...

Wonderful news.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

Oh Amy, I have been holding my breath..(mentally that is) and am so VERY happy ...thank you for the update.

(( ))
Francie

Anonymous said...

Great news Amy ! Glad to hear he is feeling better. He also sounds like a great story teller. (wonder where you get it from ?!)
Aimee

Michelle Fox said...

Praise Lord, Amy. I am so happy to hear this good news for you and your family. You are so right to enjoy each and every minute you can with your loved ones. Take care, sweet thing. www.blissfultimes.com

kris said...

Enjoy your old dad! I sure miss mine every single day. I'm glad your's is feeling better.

stuffed said...

:0)

Heather - Speckled Egg said...

So hapy to hear that he is ok!!! I'm thinking of both of you :)

June said...

It's wonderful to hear this good news about your father--prayers are indeed answered.

Some people get quite confused in hospitals (okay, some people are just plain crazy)--usually because of the meds.

Anyway, I was in the hospital one time following a bad car accident. The hospital was full and I was sharing a room with this super old woman who wasn't quite all there. There I was in bed hooked up to all kinds of scary instruments and in tractio--totally unable to move. The woman suddenly goes a tad nuts and starts throwing things at me. I was pushing my little call button like a fiend and yelling for help. She said she was going to kill me. Although I wasn't sure she had the strength, I was unable to defend myself. No worries, the staff finally came and saved me--I only had a little bruise from being hit. I look back on this little memory and feel so sorry for that poor woman.

Jess said...

Priase God - yes, he does listen to our prayers :)! Thanks for the happy update!

mo said...

I am so glad to hear your happy news! It is so stressful to sit by your parent's side and see them not well. I think your niece is right!

macati said...

I'm glad that he's fine and happy!
:)
manela

marsha said...

Happy NEWS~
God is GOOD~
Your dad sounds like such a great guy!!!

Jessica said...

Glad he is feeling better!

Becky said...

So glad to hear the good news. We will continue to you and your dad in our thoughts and prayers.

Dori said...

Such good words to read. Our fathers are so precious. Good Daddies can never be replaced!

Bev said...

Wonderful news!! Thanks for the update. :)

Megan said...

Amy - great news. It is so hard to see our Papa's sick. I know I miss mine every day.

charlotte said...

all choked up reading this, your tremendous love and admiration for your dad coming through. how he must adore you, his dear Amy...as do we, but for your sweet dad, it's times a million. there's never again anything quite like that. xoC

mrspilkington said...

Praise God! That is wonderful news, and so great that your father has such a healthy sense of humour. Huzzah!

leenie said...

I'am so pleased to see you'r papa's on the mend, you are so lucky. take care off each other.

Moskki said...

:)

Alicia P. said...

Oh Amy, I'm just catching up here -- seeing that your dad was ill but on the mend is just great news. Great to hear. I wish I could come give you a little kiss on the cheek, and one for your dad, too. xo

cruststation said...

Indeed God listens...so glad your dad is feeling better and telling wonderful tales again, he sounds awesome!