Last night, Mom and I went out for supper and then I dropped her back off at the hospital. I headed to Starbucks to knit with the Monday night group. About 30 minutes later, my phone rang and Mom said, "He's going home!"
Now, it was going on 7:00 PM, pouring down rain, and Daddy had no clothes.
They put him in a pair of nurses' scrub pants, his hospital gown, and a pair of those slipper socks and wheeled him out the door. No shoes, no underwear, no coat! Of course, once they told him he could go home, Daddy would have streaked home buck naked if he had to.
Lily was sooooo glad to see him and he was sooooo glad to see her.
Now, life changes a little. Daddy, who made it to the ripe age of 84 taking no prescription medications, will now have a few to take. He will now have a few more doctor appointments than before and will have to change his diet a bit. The change shouldn't be too life-shaking --- they mostly eat at home and don't eat a lot of red meat or fried food. The change to more fresh than processed food will benefit both of them. No more high sodium Campbell's Soup or chips. Thank goodness there are some good low soduim choices. He'll start cardic rehab in a couple of weeks and Mom is going to take it with him. That will be beneficial to both of them. He's a big walker and will soon be able to resume his daily walks. These changes are small potatoes and a small price to pay for continued time on this earth.
This picture was taken yesterday. I LOVE this picture!! It's great of both of them. What a difference a few days can make!
I still can't get over that the doctor's office sent him out of their office to drive to the ER on his own. As a nurse, I know well that you basically have three categories of patients - 1) those that magnify their symptoms and have a very low tolerance to pain, 2) those that minimize, ignore, or don't recognize their symptoms, and 3) those that fall in between. As a doctor's office, I think you would have a certain responsibility to patients in Daddy's type of situation that come to you for care/guidance. When I called the doctor's office and asked about their policy on handling situations like Daddy's, I was told that the rescue squad won't come to their office to pick up patients. I was told that they instructed Daddy to go to the ER where he could get treatment. Yes, it was his choice to go home and get Mom but my point to the doctor's office was they should have acted differently. One question - "Is anyone with you?" should have been asked. When he answered "no", they should have said "let us call someone for you". They should have sat him in a chair, called Mom, and stayed with Daddy until she picked him up. Then, she could have taken him to the ER.
My point to the doctor's office - You had a patient in distress who recognized his situation enough to come see you. You recognized his situation enough to recommend that he go to the ER. But, then (in my opinion) you dropped the ball. You should have acted more responsibly and made sure your patient had the support he needed and never should have risked his life or the lives of others by letting him leave your office and get behind the wheel of a car. Even if the rescue squad won't come to your office, his wife would have.
Just can't express it enough - I want to thank everyone yet again for all the thoughts and prayers for Daddy! From so many of you from all over the United States to Samantha in England, the lines of communication to heaven were buzzing with thoughts and prayers full of encouragement for my father.
Gaye has a very lucky nephew. He places his request and Gaye knits for him. He was the recipient of a fabulous and intricate vest a couple years ago. Now he's going to get this handsome cardigan. She's going to use toggle buttons which will look spectacular. The neatest thing of all - Gaye's nephew is in his early twenties and is a student. I love that he is interested in what Gaye does and appreciates her handknits.
Diane had three things to show and tell. First, she was sporting a pretty scarf
made from strands of all different yarns - various textures and colors. So easy and interesting. Next, she was working on the Downton Abbey Knit-Along. For the project, she was using the suggested
yarn from Jimmy Bean. Finally, this beautiful Rockefeller by Stephen West. Typical Stephen West, the construction is very interesting - very architectural. I love the colors!! My favorite greens. Diane said the yarns are from KnitPicks.
I threw in several knitting projects as I packed in a hurry last Thursday. This is the one I've been pulling out to work on since I've been here. It is an easily memorable four row pattern so nothing to keep up with. I searched this pattern on Ravelry and couldn't find it so am unable to give credit where credit is due.
For this baby blanket, I'm using Encore Colorspun by Plymouth Yarn (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool) on a size 8 needle. I love Encore for baby items. It washes and wears beautifully. This pattern is fairly reversible looking - it looks nice on both sides.So, cast on and enjoy!
Garden Rose Rib Baby Blanket
Cast on 133 stitches
Knit 8 rows for border.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 4: Knit first 5 stitches, (K2, P1) to last 5 stitches, knit to end of row
Repeat Rows 1-4 until desired length.
End with wrong side row. Knit 8 rows for garter stitch border. Bind off.
The pictures to the right - the top one is the right side and the bottom one is of the wrong side.
Last night, I talked with a dear friend of mine, Joan, that I haven't seen in many years. We were joined at the hip for years and then life happened and we lost contact with each other. Can't wait to see her tomorrow night for dinner.
Tonight, I'm meeting two friends from my elementary school years. Again, haven't seen Dianne and Jan more than once or twice since graduating high school. Should be oh-so-fun!!