Wednesday, March 25, 2009



I'm sitting eating a chocolate icecream drumstick!!!! YUMMY!!!! Friends, I'm celebrating!!!!!

Good news today. Actually, Dad was no better. I only visited for a short time as my presence seemed to be making him more anxious and confused.


The Doctor who performed the surgery on Dad 3 weeks ago yesterday has finally returned to the country. He left almost immediately after my Dad's operation, to fly out and be with his own father who had experienced a stroke. Well, he's back. Upon his return he was checking his messages and found one indicating my Dad's condition. He immediately called my sister Sharon and spoke with her on the phone for 40 minutes. He is shocked and appalled at what has happened. He is determined to get to the root of the problem.

He can't guarantee us that Dad's mental state is now irreversible, but he has promised to do whatever it takes to find answers and work towards a solution, whatever treatment or help that will involve. YEAH!!! We feel like we have someone on our side. We have been infused with hope. Someone is listening.

The Dr. told my sister that my Dad should not be excused as an 'old man'. He said my Dad is an educated, refined gentleman. He said he will be at the hospital first thing tomorrow morning. Tests will be done. Medication checked. Treatment given. He's going to help us try to find our Dad.

On another note, I just had a phone call from my sister. Apparently Dad decided to take a bath tonight...without telling anyone. The water dripping through the ceiling in the room below, instigated a phone call to the nurses on the floor above. Upon investigation, they discoverd my Dad, splashing like a duck, enjoying a warm bath, water still running. Wondering what he did with the catheter? Oh, my mind doesn't even want to go there....

Still...icecream never tasted so good. :o)

UPDATE: It gets funnier still.... My sister told my Mom this morning about my Dad's little mis-adventure in the tub. Her only question: "Did he have soap?" Oh my goodness!


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, that's a bit of great news! I'm so glad for your dr.s tender heart and willingness to get active. Keep us posted tomorrow, and enjoy your own bath tonight!

A refined gentleman...I love that!


Lori said...

Praying dear Joy, that the God we can not see will be in your midst. I'm praing that His unseen presence will comfort you.
Praying right along side you.
Lori - Mesa, AZ

Catherine said...

Such great news about the doctor! Sharon said she had good news but with the story of the bath we ran out of time. Heh....just about burst out laughing as the nurse told me what he'd done! Go Grandpa! He warned them he wanted a bath and nobody listened so he took matters into his own hands. Like you, not wanting to think about the catheter thing. When I left tonight he was enjoying the hockey game with 'Pastor' in the other bed in the room. He wanted me to take him home but thankfully he couldn't get out of bed. Wonder if the bath incident had anything to do with him being encouraged to stay in bed? :o) You all needed a good laugh today and Grandpa provided it!

Beth E. said...

Thank you, God! I'm so happy to hear that the doctor is back and ready to help. I'm praying and believing that he will be able to help your dad.

Ice cream always helps me to feel better! Glad you got to enjoy some. :o)

Carol said...

YAY GOD!!! Loved the bath story!!! It really made me giggle! These are precious memories too!

LisaShaw said...

Your message made me smile. I don't want to think about what he may have done with that either but I'm so glad that he enjoyed his bath!!! Praise God!

I am thankful to the Lord for bringing that dr back to you all and for him coming with words of wisdom and action! I pray God's leading over him.

Bless you and have a good night.

Kathy S. said...

Praise Jesus for refreshment for your soul (hope), and chocolate ice cream!

Faith, Hope, and Love...the greatest of these is love.

I pray the Lord will fill you to overflowing with His JOY (smile), peace and love. And that he will radically bless that doctor with supernatural wisdom. That grace will flood the hospital room!
In Jesus' Name!!

Leah said...


I am so thankful that you have a bit of good news, something to lift your spirits. Please continue to keep us updated!!


Unreasonable Grace said...

Well, I am GLAD he enjoyed his bath - he's not had a lot of time to enjoy himself lately.

Thank God the surgeon is back! Praying for supernatural wisdom and skill for the surgeon and complete healing for your father!


Lori said...

Your mom is a hoot! Isn't that just like a mom though?! How many times do I still tell my boys to use soap!!! (They are teenagers!)I love your parents and I don't even know them.
Praying for the doctor to be granted wisdom from Above.

Lori - Mesa, AZ

Cheri Bunch said...

Love this post, Joy! It is so wonderful that the Lord has given you a reason to celebrate! I pray that the Lord will use the Dr. to get life back in control for your dad.

I LOVE the bath story. Thanks for sharing! : ) Funny, funny!

Hope your day is a happy one!

Love you,

Karen said...

I'm so happy for you and your family Joy! Joining you in prayer for wisdom for the Dr. and healing from God!



Lysa TerKeurst said...

Oh my stars that bathtub story is funny!!!

Thank you Jesus that this doctor is concerned and will now be involved with your Dad's case!!!

We all want you to have your Dad back too Joy!

Tracie Miles said...

What a great little silver lining for the day! I pray that the doctor will discover some wonderful treatments and get your dad back to normal for you. Keep that smile1

Yolanda said...

I'm smiling from ear to ear and actually a little chuckle escaped. We so need laughter in the middle of the hard.

I can picture the duck in the tub as I watched a duck just last night crawl into a large tub of water and take a bath. CUTEST thing I had seen all day!

I think of both your Dad and the duck, washing with the word of God.

Love to you friend, enjoy that drumstick!!!

lisasmith said...

Praising God with you today! Joy, I have been lifting you up to our Father. My prayer for you for the last 4 or 5 days has simply been Lord, show her you have not forgotten. She knows but let her see.

Thank you, Lord, you are our portion. Our ever present help in time of need. Amen.

lisasmith said...

Praising God with you today! Joy, I have been lifting you up to our Father. My prayer for you for the last 4 or 5 days has simply been Lord, show her you have not forgotten. She knows but let her see.

Thank you, Lord, you are our portion. Our ever present help in time of need. Amen.

Kim said...

So glad that God gave you giggles AND ice cream today Joy!

Praying that God will help the Dr. find your daddy.

hugs from PA

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I'm glad the surgeon is back and that he is taking matters into hand! I can "hear" the relief in your "voice"!

Wonder where the NURSES were all that time when your Dad was getting himself unhooked from stuff, getting to the bathroom, and long enough for the bath water to drip through the ceiling????? Scary!

Hope you will have a sweet slumber tonight.


Amy L Brooke said...

Wonderful news. I will keep praying!