Monday, May 28, 2007

phone calls in the night

liam woke me up and told me my aunt called to let me know that my father was rushed into surgery yesterday for appendicitis and that he was recovering okay.

i wish he had woke me with the phone instead of the information, but i guess he was a bit in shock too.

my dad is healthy. yes, he's got RA and is a type 1 diabetic, but other than that he's fit - 70 years old and plays (wipes the floor) basketball with the highschoolers he helps coach. i can't say this was expected. but then it never is, is it?

i found my lungs frozen. i couldn't get a full breath. it took me a bit to process the thoughts. wisconsin is so very far away. i lay there in bed for about 30 minutes wishing i was by his side, what if something horrible happened? what if? what if? and then i realized that i have said everything. yes, it would be horrible, but there is nothing unspoken. we have a wonderful relationship now. there was nothing i could do last night to make it any better than it already was.

it gave me great peace and i was able to return to sleep.

i'd ask if you might pray for his recovery today. i'd love it if this didn't stop his hook shot or float fishing. he brings a smile to everyone he meets (and a lot of fish) and is so very special. we are planning on meeting at my sisters in july and i would really treasure having time with him again. please also pray for my sister, i know she's going to have a tough time with this one. thank you.

UPDATE: just spoke with my sister, my dad & my aunt (thank god for flat rate phone bills!) and everyone seems to be doing well, especially my father. somehow he was convinced his appendix was on the opposite side it was - so he was convinced it wasn't appendicitis... so thankful my aunt (who he lives with) insisted he go to the hospital. i guess it was just in time - he had 104 temp before they took him into surgery. he lived with us for 5 years before we moved here - so i know how very stubborn he can be about getting help. my aunt deserves a medal for this one! :) thanks for your prayers!


don't eat alone said...

You, your father, and all your family will be in my prayers. Ginger and I are a long way from both sets of parents. I understand the difficulty of distance.


bobbie said...

thank you so much milton! nothing really changes by proximity, but it sure makes it feel different by "being there" somehow. greatly appreciate your support!

Sarah Louise said...

hoping for health for your father!

Sarah Louise

Karla MG said...

Hoping and praying that your dad continues to improve! And I understand stubborn dads. I have one too! --Karla

lisa s. said...

praying for you all!

daisymarie said...

What a precious thing: nothing left unsaid Thank you for that timely reminder!

Deb said...

I'm praying for your father!! I'm so glad to hear that things are going well.

judi said...

hey bobbie, so glad that things are looking up for your dad. i'm sure being far away just intensifies the whole process. Blessings on you and yours