First, thanks to all who are praying. It is making a difference. Dad has steadily improved, though the incontinence is still an issue. And I wanted to clear up something from the last post. Evidently his wife got the story wrong. He did not try to crawl out and escape. What happened was he fell out of bed (probably banging his head in the process, which could account for why it seemed it was going backward a couple of days) and crawled to the door to get help to get back in bed. When I go, I always check the sheet that’s posted on the door which has the codes for his behavior, and he has been behaving himself, although a couple of times the code for “wandering” was listed. Most patients in that area are in much worse shape. Only one or two can walk, everyone else is in wheelchairs.
I went down again this morning, stopping to pick up his wife on the way. He of course was expecting her to take him home and we explained (again) that we couldn’t, that he needed to improve a little bit more and pass all their testing so he could keep his license to drive. He seemed to understand. We stayed for almost two hours and had a great visit. He is “almost there” as far as being himself again, talking much more, joking around (as usual), and walking seems fine. I know a lot of people are praying and I believe that’s why he’s done so well. I believe it’s also why I have such peace about all this and am not fretting. I know God has a plan and I just need to trust Him.
With all the running to see dad I haven’t had much time at the nursing home. I did pop by tonight and it was good to reconnect. I reached out to a new resident that seems to be with it cognitively and really doesn’t want to be there. She didn’t want to talk though. As I was leaving I stopped by another resident’s room and she was watching the Orioles game. She’s a huge fan and they were behind 1-0 at the bottom of the 8th, bases loaded, two outs, pinch hitter at bat. So I ask the Lord (in my heart) if he could just let the guy have a good hit and sure enough he lines one down the middle and the center fielder throws the ball, it takes a bounce and goes over the catcher’s head and they score three runs! She’s a happy camper and says that happened because I was there and praying, lol. I gave her a big hug and told her I loved her and as I walked out the door she said, “Miracles happen when you’re around.” I told her I’m looking for the ones that bring people up out of wheelchairs :)