Six months later

by Creative Junkie on April 22, 2011

Six months ago, I sat by my father’s bedside in the ICU for days as he lay unresponsive from a stroke. There was talk about the potential for a chronic vegetative state, permanent brain damage, a DNR and a funeral.

I could not believe what was happening.

April 2011

Six days ago, I sat by my father’s side at the kitchen table as he (1) advised me on an issue I was having with an advertiser by telling me to tell them to “go pound salt” (2) mapped out the quickest, most efficient route from their house to Myrtle Beach for our day trip; and (3) whipped my ass in Scrabble, using such words as “piss” and “pee” and “dink.”

I could not believe what was happening.

In a totally different and very, very good way.

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Ann April 22, 2011 at 7:47 am

Aww, that’s great! As soon as I saw your title, I figured that’s what it was going to be about.
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stacey@Havoc&Mayhem April 22, 2011 at 7:59 am

Yay for your dad!!
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Randa April 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

What an inspiring testament. Continued good health to your dad.

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Robin
Twitter: TwiMommi
April 22, 2011 at 8:06 am

I am so glad to hear how well he is doing.
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Bullgrit April 22, 2011 at 8:21 am

That’s an impressive come back.

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Heather M April 22, 2011 at 8:37 am

wonderful!!! So glad that he’s recovered so fully!

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Pamela W April 22, 2011 at 8:39 am

What a wonderful story to share. God bless your dad-that’s great.

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Anne April 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

Amazing. I am so happy for you and your family.

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SWJenn
Twitter: ScrapprsWkshp
April 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

So glad to hear he’s doing so well! Also glad you’ve gotten more time with him, it’s so hard when they’re far away, isn’t it?

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Erin Bassett April 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

That’s great that he’s doing so well!
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Heather T.
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April 22, 2011 at 10:51 am

I’m so happy that you get to make more memories with him!!!

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Laurie April 22, 2011 at 10:57 am

What a wonderful post; miracles can and do happen!

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Pamela K. April 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

I got tears in my eyes reading this post. That is awesome! I am so happy for you and your dad. :-)
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Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy
Twitter: lisanoel03
April 22, 2011 at 11:36 am

that is awesome! I sat at the bedside of my mom for days and know that feeling. Only wish I could know the feeling of her still being here. Clearly he still had work to do and I’m totally LOL’ing at the words he used in Scrabble. SOunds like words my boys would use!!
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Emma O. April 22, 2011 at 11:54 am

This is wonderful to hear! So happy for you and your family!

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Just Jaime April 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

That is AWESOME! Congrats to your dad on his speedy recovery!

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Katie
Twitter: EllisFan14
April 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Absolutely amazing. I’m an occupational therapist and sadly many people don’t get to tell the same sort of happy story that you do. So happy that you do!

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Amanda @ Confessions From HouseholdSix
Twitter: householdsix
April 22, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’m so happy your dad’s story has a happy ending.
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Heather @ nobody-but-yourself
Twitter: MissusSmith
April 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

WOOHOO! Go Andy’s Dad! That’s a great picture of the two of you, by the way. Hope you’re enjoying the vacay – see ya when you’re back here in Snowchester.
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Courtney April 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm

I’m still laughing from the defeat of scrabble! ;)
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Granny Sue April 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

Oh Happy Day!
Good news is a blessing. Great photo!

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JulieD (thelittlekitchen)
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April 23, 2011 at 12:36 am

That’s so wonderful!
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Dee April 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

I am so glad your dad is feeling better! What a blessing, to spend time with him. I’d give anything to have my dad back, just for one day…
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Jenn
Twitter: therebelchick
April 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Today my husband is at the hospital, in the ICU, visiting his grandpa…similar situation. I hope I can look back in 6 months and be as lucky as you are today! :)

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Blissful Babe
Twitter: BlissfulBabe
April 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Aww! That’s so sweet! Yay dad! Many blessings to you and your family this Easter weekend!

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Sam
Twitter: kidsumers
April 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Miracles do happen! I’m very happy for you and your Dad. It sounds like you are close.

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Joy (Wingnut) April 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

Oh Andy…this brings me to tears! I am so happy to hear he’s doing so well. Happy Easter!

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Janmary, GALWAY (I'm there on your behalf!), Ireland
Twitter: Janmary3
April 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

SOOO happy he is well again, hope he continues in great health for many more years.
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Dee @ Cocktails with Mom April 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Glad your dad is doing better!

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Alison April 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

I am so happy you are still able to enjoy your father still! What a lovely post.
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