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Chair prayers

Dad is sounding less and less like Darth Vader every day, which, now that I think of it, is kind of a bummer. I should've had him say "Allison, I am your father" in that voice while I had the chance. Although, unlike Luke Skywalker, I would have been neither shocked nor upset by the statement. On the other hand, I have two hands (see what I did there?), so perhaps it's best that I missed that opportunity.

Dad FINALLY got to shave (with Mom's help), and made what I consider to be the particularly disconcerting decision to send his mustache packing as well. I have never actually seen my father's upper lip in person. It's quite strange. But it didn't make sense to hang onto it (the mustache, I mean, not his upper lip), what with the oxygen mask and toddler food regimen (the latter of which he's getting tired of, so he'll be meeting with a nutritionist later today to inquire about food one actually needs teeth to consume).

The really good news is that an ultrasound showed that his kidneys, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, adrenals, and bladder are all doing just fine. Yay for healthy organs! His infection markers were up a bit, so they've cranked up the antibiotics again, but nothing to worry about.

I'm putting you on double duty today, Team Eric. Dad was able to stand for a short time, but had to get back in bed again when his blood pressure dropped. Tomorrow they're hoping to get him all the way to a chair. So send him chair vibes and prayers! Dad told me this morning that he's amazed at how much strength he lost just by being in bed for a few days. Although it's common and understandable, I suppose it's pretty frustrating when your usual fitness baseline is biking through the Rocky Mountains.

Second, send him news! The poor guy is in a pretty small bubble, and now that he's awake and alert, he's bored out of his ever-loving mind. He wants to know what's going on with you, your families, and your communities. If you don't have their email address, send me a private message and I'll give it to you so you can give him the lowdown, the skinny, and the scoop.

Thank you, Team Eric! You continue to be an unbeatable force!

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