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OT(about my father)Update

"Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
edited 7:22PM in EggHead Forum
Well,as some of you know,my father suffered a head injury on June 24th.I found out about it June 25th.I left for NJ on June 26th(my birthday)to see him.He has been sent to a rehab facility after a month in ICU.Now the trach tube is gone,so he can speak,but doesn't have much to say :( He doesn't remember anybody.The funny thing was when he saw a pretty nurse,he asked my cousin for dollar bills :lol: Maybe there is still hope.He is starting his second week of rehab,but we have no idea if he will ever regain his memory :( I'm not trying to bum anyone out,enjoy your weekend ;) Just please keep him in your thoughs and prayers thanks,


  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    i will keep him and you in my thoughts and prayers..
    if you don't mind my asking ? how old is he?
  • Don't' despair, modern science can do amazing things. Sometimes the recovery takes awhile but I have seen amazing results. You and your father will be in my prayers.
  • Beanie-BeanBeanie-Bean Posts: 3,092
    Hey Doug,

    We'll keep your dad in our prayers. Glad to hear he's making progress. Take care!
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks alot guys,we are hoping for improvements :whistle: bill,he just took an early retirement last year at 60 I believe.He had been an IBEW union electrician,but took early retirement to give the younger guys a chance to make more money.
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    Best wishes for everything getting better.

  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks CM,maybe some of that Blues Hog would make it better :whistle: Just messin with ya man.I am lookin forward to meeting you in October though ;) :)
  • Dimple's MomDimple's Mom Posts: 1,740
    Doug, I'm so sorry to hear this. I will keep your family in my prayers.
  • egretegret Posts: 4,114
    Best thoughts and prayers headed your way, my friend!
  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    I hope everything turns out well. My prayers are with you and your family.
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thank you very much Gwen :)
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    You guys are great.Thanks Mike and thanks Egret :) I look forward to having a grape soda with you ;) Can't wait till October B)
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    John wont share his sodas. Enjoy our talks buddy and you know our prayers are with your father.
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks Pat,I sent you an email earlier.I appriciate eveything buddy ;)
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    You got it Doug. I hope everything turns out for the best.
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Seems like we need to send him some dollar bills. Doug, the human body and mind is such a miracle. I think in time things will return to normal. He suffered so much trauma and has come through great so far. I wish the time frame was faster for you and your family's sake. I'm praying for the best possible outcome for him. I'm always here if you need to talk or anything else. Blessings on you on your family! Thanks for updating us on his condition!
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks BigUn.My family has raised over $11,000 to pay for the attorney and to cover his rent for awhile.Right now,only my brother and I can access his bank account,but it is hard for my cousins(who live close to him)to pay his rent and stuff.I am waiting for paperwork to sign to help my cousins out.I just spent $900 that I didn't have to make the trip to NJ.I really just want to keep his apartment.We are now looking for in-home care for him once he is released from the rehab facility.I am too far away to help,but am trying my best ;) BTW,if you send him dollar bills,he's gonna get in trouble :lol:
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Our prayers are with your father and your family.

    This stuff is hard.

  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Hey thanks alot Rod,I really hope that you had a great trip ;) I hope to meet you at one of our gatherings before Eggtober ;) :woohoo:
  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks Kent,this really meens alot to me that complete strangers care so much :blush: ;)
  • EggMEEggME Posts: 116

    I will keep you and your father in my prayers and remember miracles do happen!

  • We will keep your dad in our prayers Doug.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    Can't say it any better than Todd did. As you know, I lost my dad last year and it is the hardest thing I have been through. God bless your dad and you.



    Caledon, ON


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks Steve.I am very sorry for your loss,really.I just can't do anything but think about it.I talk to the doctors and my family,but I can't be there.I just hope that he regains his memory.I know he has many more years left,but what's the point if you don't remember your own son,or brother,sister,cousin?This is not what retirement is about.This guy worked his a$$ off,and this is what he gets :angry:

    Thanks Frank,and Pam.We need all the help we can get.You guys are awesome.I appriciate everyone taking the time from their families to wish mine good luck.I love this forum ;)
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817

    You can't feel guilt, you can do what you can do. We all pray for his memory to come back but life is sometimes very unfair. It sucks but that is what we get sometimes.



    Caledon, ON


  • "Sparky""Sparky" Posts: 6,024
    Thanks Steve,that is true.I just hate it that I can't do anything.But,with some help,there is still a chance ;) Thanks buddy,lookin forward to October,my friend :woohoo: We are gonna have some fun :woohoo: ;)
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    You've got it pal! -RP
  • Doug,

    Our prayers will be for a full recovery.

  • JeffersonianJeffersonian Posts: 4,244
    I lost my dad three years ago, and it still seems like yesterday. I'll keep your dad in my prayers, Doug.
  • WADougWADoug Posts: 191
    Like others have said, your father, you, and your family will be in my prayers. Five years ago, my dad (at 80) had a stroke after open heart surgery. There were lots of deficits, but over time they lessened, he improved. I heard from many health care professionals that this type of damage will continue to improve for up to a year or more. Don't know if that was comfort talk or not, but it was true. He was in rehab for several months (inpatient and outpatient) and I saw and experienced his improvement. I know it's hard to adjust, keep in mind there's more improvement to be seen.
    Doug in WA
  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Like I said earlier, the human mind and spirit is beyond comprehension. He's been making great strides from what you're relaying to us. The fact that he is asking for dollar bills for good looking nurses sounds like a great sign, especially when you figure all of the logic behind managing currancy and good looking nurses. It may well be that he is rebuilding from a place that holds fond memeories. He must be tired from his ordeal, and the fact that he is trying to have fun shows that he's still fighting to make things positive. Let's all keep positive thoughts in his direction and let God do His work. Again, I'm here for you if you need me.
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