Monday, July 28, 2008

Another Week Begins

Dad continues to improve. He is walking more every day and is basically able to get in and out of chairs and beds on his own, which is a huge step towards independence. And how lucky that there aren't really stairs at our house! I spoke with the physical therapist, and it's not possible for them to simulate rows of grapes and plowed earth for Dad to walk on to equip him for normal life, but he said he would do his best!

His attitude continues to be great. In addition to everything else, Dad must now start getting acclimated to a machine that will help with his sleep apnea problem. Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea two years ago, getting the breathing machine, and pronounced it "smarmy" with some disdain (can't say as I blame him), now he HAS to use it. Once he gets accustomed, he should feel a lot more rested and have more energy for physical therapy. So if he seems kind of tired when you call/visit, that's part of the reason why. But, as he said with a firm voice and vigorous thrust of his left (!) fist, "I'm gonna beat that machine." Bravo, Bill! The nursing staff couldn't be more awesome. Smart, funny, attentive, caring. We're very fortunate.

As for me, I'm getting used to dealing with all the ins and outs of running Montedulce. In fact, this morning was rather nostalgic; our groundskeeper, Carlos, informed me that the pump had ceased working and we had no water (which happened all the time when I was a child, usually before a dinner party). Luckily, the problem was susceptible to an easy solution. I've also had to take some charge of my father's divorce proceedings, which is one of the more unusual aspects of my new job/life.

Thanks to all of you for your interest about the end result of the lawsuit in Texas. The short answer is that we won't likely have a decision for about a month. Post-trial briefs are due next Thursday, and then the replies to said briefs are due a week after that. So, please continue to keep the good thoughts!


Blogger Alistair said...

What wonderful news about your Dad walking and improving. We continue to hold good thoughts for you both.

11:57 AM  

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