Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Day 2

Today was a very busy day at daddy's.  It started with a followup visit from his nurse, Marcia.  We also met Rosa today who will be helping daddy with his personal care.  Rosa was so wonderful with daddy.  She got him showered, lotioned, dressed, nails clipped and teeth cleaned.  And somehow she did it all while keeping daddy happy about it!  He was worn out but he smelled good :)  Thank you Rosa!

The second half of the day did not please daddy at all.  His new hospital bed was delivered and set up. 

 Although we have been trying to prepare daddy for it's arrival, he didn't understand why it is necessary.  It was very heart breaking to see him so sad about having his old bed removed.  As you can see in this image, there is no smile :(

We have a monitor set beside his bed with the other half in Phyllis's new room.  Our hope is that he will adjust quickly and she will be able to get a good night of rest knowing she will hear him if he calls for her.  She is so precious and will sit right by his bed tonight, holding his hand until he is sound asleep.  She may stay in her recliner all night but I sure hope she will allow herself to go on to bed.

I went back over to daddy's tonight around dinner time.  As I was saying goodbye to him, he said "you're a good daughter".  Those words could not have meant more to me after seeing him so sad earlier.  I pray he will be able to sleep in his new bed tonight.  I love you, daddy!

I also wanted to mention the comment problem.  Several of you tried to comment on yesterdays post.  My comment program, Disqus, was having issues.  I have removed that program now and comments will just go through blogger.  However, all previous comments are messed up.  Sorry :(


Unknown said...

Thanks for the pictures, Beth. It helps me feel like I'm there too, so to speak. I'm sorry he was so sad about the bed. We knew he would be. But hopefully he will get past it and think it is the way it always was. :)

Love you so much. Joyce

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Ah, Beth. I am so with you! Seeing that bed brought back all that I went through with Jim in October.He never stayed in the "groove" like your dad is. Jim kept scooting down until his feet were jammed against the foot board. He was a tall man (6'2") so you can imagine how he must have felt all scrunched down. My daughter and I were constantly pulling him back up into position.

My love to you, your dad, and Phyllis, too. She is one sweet lady!

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

I meant to ask . . . did they give you an air mattress for the bed? It may be more comfortable for him. Just a thought.

Beth Simmons said...

Thank you, Peggy. I'm sure this is all to familiar to you and I'm so sorry for your recent loss :( We did have an air mattress on it at first. He hated it. He said it felt like the sheets were all bunched up. So we took it off for tonight. We may have to find an alternative pad for him.

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Maybe an egg-crate mattress topper? I love that picture of Phyllis holding his hand. So precious.