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Day 43/ info on my dad

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Today I took a 30 min walk while my car was in the dealership garage being worked on... (I do this every time I have to take my car in.. might as well work out instead of sitting there!) I have drank my water, tracked my fitness (did a sp video when I got home), tracked my nutrition for the day...woohoo!

Thanks to everyone for their support yesterday - I will get by and thank each of you, later in the week..

Info on my dad...
My dad has many health issues: he lives with chronic congestive heart failure - his heart only works at 22%, he has an aortic heart anurism, 2 hernia's (not a candidate for surgery), bladder cancer and COPD. I am so very very thankful for hospice... it is very challenging to get dad to many drs appointments... I felt such a release of stress yesterday... dad is going to get execelent care right where he is!

I love helping to care for him, but at the same time my heart is breaking just a bit... I see my dad so weak and almost helpless some days.. but he is always fighting for the strength to stand on his own two feet!

My dad used to come and camp every May - Oct at my house.. we have missed him these past 5 summers... he would tell us his war stories sitting around the fire. Dad is a veteran of the Korean War. He served both in the Army and the Air Force.

I am so very thankful that at the age of 50 I still have both of my parents. Heading into the father's day this Sunday - I will be giving my dad a bit of extra love - as I might not have him around for the next one.

Jean


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ASOBFALLS 6/16/2013 10:42AM

    Nice picture you selected to post. emoticon

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STRINGI719 6/12/2013 9:09AM

    Hospice workers are so amazing.... like angels walking among us here on earth. Thank God that your father will be kept as comfortable as possible during the time he has left.

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WENDYJM4 6/12/2013 5:19AM

    So sorry to hear about your father Jean emoticon

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/11/2013 10:18PM

  Hospice is a wonderful service.We had it for my dad at the end. I had cared for him 24/7 for just over a year, when we found he had inoperable rectal cancer. We decided to bring in hospice and just keep him comfortable. It was nice to just have someone to talk to every day. It's a tough journey, but savor every moment. Good luck.

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ACRAIG921 6/11/2013 6:53PM

    I'm sorry for what you are going through with your dad. But know he is getting excellent care from hospice. Hospice workers are truly a blessing.

I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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ANHELIC 6/11/2013 5:39PM

    Sorry to hear that you are dealing with the health issues with your father. I too, am dealing with my mother going into a nursing home, so I can feel your pain and stress. I will be keeping you and your father in prayer.
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CLAIRE_LEFT_SP 6/11/2013 5:14PM

    Jean, I'm sorry that you are dealing with this heart ache now and at the same time grieving for the coming changes in your life. The future joy of remembering all the good stories and images will help ease the sorrow of watching him slowly make his way towards his end of life.

I've been where you're at and it is very very hard. I hope your beliefs give you comfort & acceptance.

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