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Dad & Dog Part 2

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The first day the MD told us that with strokes within 72 hours the damage could heal almost completely or get worse. Well, God and the powers that be knew who they were dealing with, so the damage got worse! My Dad is now paralyzed on his left side and having some kind of uncontrolled movement issue with his right hand that prevents him from feeding himself. Of course, Mr. Pride wouldn't tell me he needed help eating, so he just didn't eat for hours while I was there. After a family friend fed him last evening she reported he looked better and seemed to feel better. All he had to do was ask! Augh, that man! Anyhow, his damage is worse. More paralysis, slightly more cognitive impairment and he is sleepy! so very sleepy! they are moving him to a rehab center nearer to home today. He will begin physical therapy, occupational therapy and possibly speech therapy.

As for Jack... He had to spend the night at the doggie hospital b/c they couldn't get his MRI in yesterday due to several emergencies. We were told we could bring him back today or leave him. After the harrowing trip there we decided to leave him overnight. The vet said the dizziness probably made his ride very uncomfortable and he doesn't ride well anyhow. So, i'm now waiting on those results. Possabilities included a deep inner ear infection (below the ear drum), canine menengitis, mini-strokes or a brain tumor. The vet is awesome! We really, really liked her and so did Jack. As of this morning he had eaten very little, but went out and pottied and played some and was standing up looking around. Well, as I was typing that I was waiting on his results and of course it is bad news. The MRI showed 3 brain masses. It could be infection b/c brain infections look like tumors, but it could be brain tumors. She drew some spinal fluid to find out. But, his blood readings were normal last week, so I am feeling rather hopeless.

I'm not sure how much more I can take Or, If I can actually take this.

I don't know. I am lost. Lost.

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TEDDYBEAR662 4/8/2013 8:37AM

    emoticon HUGS!

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FISHER011 4/7/2013 11:58PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with you!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 4/7/2013 2:45AM

  I don't know what to say but am sending up prayers and virtual hugs to you!!! emoticon

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DANLIN60 4/6/2013 3:12PM

    lots of love and hugs, Melissa!! emoticon emoticon

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JENGRAMMER 4/5/2013 6:57PM


We all love you for who you are to us and we love those around you because you love them-jack included. We send you love and hugs. And pray for those you love.


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GRAMMACATHY 4/5/2013 1:27AM

    Continued prayers. I too wish I could be there holding your hand.

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LESSOFMOORE 4/4/2013 9:54PM


I keep wishing I could be with you. I am praying for you and wishing I could be there to hug you!


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ROXYZMOM 4/4/2013 8:58PM

    I am so sorry you are going through this. PT will help your Dad - it's gonna take time. I will pray for your family - including Jack, of course.

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TANYA602 4/4/2013 8:53PM

    I am so at a loss for words and can only send hugs and love and support.

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SOFEDUPP 4/4/2013 7:30PM

    I am sending you huge hugs and I will continue my prayers for all of you!! Right now it is okay to feel lost because everything is happening all at once. Cry it out!! Yell, scream, punch something, just don't hold it all in.

I wish I lived closer so that I could be a help to you.


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BESCATS 4/4/2013 5:26PM

    Oh Melissa, God is sure putting you through the test !! Know, that although we are friends only on Club Canine, that I am also here for you. It's times like these, that we wish we could reach you, putting our arms around you, and a shoulder to cry on.

You, your Dad, and Jack are in my prayers. emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 4/4/2013 3:56PM

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KEEPITUP05 4/4/2013 3:51PM

    Hugs and prayers! emoticon

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 4/4/2013 2:49PM

    Melissa, so sorry to hear this Sending prayers your way emoticon

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 4/4/2013 2:37PM

    Melissa, big long hugs for you sweetie. You are going through so much. The beginning (not knowing) is usually the worst, for some. We are all different and how we respond to overwhelming difficulties is an individual thing. There is no right or wrong. If you need to cry...go ahead and let it out. Sounds like your dad's doctor and Jack's vet are both excellent caretakers. As for your dad not telling you he needed help's probably a guy thing (pride)...he most likely also does not want to be a burden on you...not thinking that not telling you is a greater burden. Remember, this is all new to him too. Praying for you all sweetie. You WILL get through all of this. BIG HUGS, Bev

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PEGGYO 4/4/2013 2:12PM

    you're in my prayer jar

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JOANNKW 4/4/2013 1:03PM

    Oh Melissa, I am so sorry. (((Melissa))) I'm praying for you all.

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KELLIEBEAN 4/4/2013 12:47PM

    My heart goes out to you!

When you are down, look at a doorway and picture all of us walking in and gathering around you to lift you up.

Big hugs darlin!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/4/2013 12:42PM

    OMG sweetie! I'm so very sorry. I wish I could just be there to give you a huge hug and let you cry it out. I continue praying for you and yours. Please, I know you feel broken. If I can help with the pieces, I am here for you.

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