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Update on my dad

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Thanks for many of the private and public thoughts, prayers, and well wishes!

My father is in a inpatient physical rehab hospital and appears to be doing well. He'll be a prisoner there for a few more weeks, while he regains his strength. Hope to have him back in his apartment in 2-3 weeks. Yesterday they got him back on solid food and drink. A huge milestone!

It's still one day at a time, but things are looking up!

Again - thank you for all the kind words. Every bit helps!

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I sometimes think it is harder on the family than it is on the patient. As you care for your dad dont't forget music. You can loose your spirit laying in the same bed, room and ridiculous ass gown.

Solid food is great. Even if it is hospital grade. Can you bring some home cooked meals? Additionally, as a former ca patient I learned this, don't use the word TRY. It is important to realize that if you try you mostly likely won't suceed. The hospital is the "dealer" and they have all the cards.

Rather than "try" recognize you must "can't do it" or you "can do it." The patient MUST drive the ship. Choose to do it and you will suceed.

Sorry about the rant. Been there, got the T-shirt (gown).

Thanks for the update.

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Thanks for the tips, Koblenz!

We had his small CD player playing Mozart and Beethoven even in the ICU last month. It definitely helped! He loves his classical music.

And yes - now that he can eat solid food and swallow fluids, I've brought him some "contraband" foodstuffs. Chocolate Mousse for his birthday, and a bit of smoked salmon on a bagel. *grin*

Once he gets some strength back in his legs, that ridiculous ass-less gown will be replaced by pajama pants. Hopefully within the week! :-)

All the best - and thanks again to you all!

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Excellent! That is really what a patient needs. The ICU can be tough. Its like being in a casino at Vegas, you loose your anchor and time reference. Not to mention all the noise and activity. The food feeds your spirit as well as it is a reminder of the outside world.

Remember, it is harder on the caregiver than the patient. And, we see your eyes so don't bullshit.

Glad to hear he is improving. The classical music is a MUST. Mozart could kick Ludwigs ass in a bar fight.

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I have been off of the FAQ for the virus avoidance exercise, and just am back...glad to hear that things are progressing in the right direction. Music is great, but also familiar smells that make happy...bagel/salmon....You are good medicine Paul. Keep it up.

Dave V. in NC

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