Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ramping Up For A Landing

That's my Dad on his birthday back in September. The brace is a legacy of his battle with Polio when he was about 12.

Dad won.

Polio got in some good licks though, and for the last 25 years or so, he has needed a leg brace to strengthen "the polio leg".

He fell and cracked his knee cap a few weeks ago, so we have all been helping out, taking care giver shifts, and generally trying to take some of the load off my Mom.

There was a scary incident this week that required a trip to the hospital for an overnight stay while he was checked out by the doctor.  Luckily, Mrs. FC was there when that happened, so the incident was handled quickly and professionally.
(She is an RN)
He's home now, with a home health care nurse scheduled to come in and help with physical therapy, etc.

For a while at least, a wheelchair will be a big part of his life, so I am working on a ramp for the back porch this weekend. I have one landing about done and am dashing into Home Depot after this post.
(Thank you Barnes and Noble WiFi)

Just wanted to pop in and  explain the lack of critter posts this week.

Gotta go.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi FC,

Hope he's up and about soon.

P

Caroline said...

Best wishes to Dad, my late father-in-law wore a very similar brace from the time he was 14 and had polio as well. Amazingly resilient and admirable for making the best of an unasked for burden was Dad Stafford, I am betting yours is the same. We understand your mom's task as well, best to her.

threecollie said...

Will hold good thoughts for him and for your whole family.

Anonymous said...

You're pop looks like a very fine man. All my best to him and wishing a good, problem free recovery. God bless to you all.
Momadness in kc

Pablo said...

I think you have your priorities in the right place.

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Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Great picture of your Dad! Hope he continues to improve and it's great that you're close enough to be able to help out!! You're a "good son"!!

kevin said...

Need any help?

kathy a. said...

best to your dad in his recovery. glad mrs. FC was there for the scary incident -- and that there will be a home health care nurse helping.

it's hard all around when someone has a mobility setback. wonderful that you are installing the ramp!

Rockster said...

Sending lots of prayers to your Dad for healing and to your Mom for patience!

Grant said...

We will keep your dad in our prayers! Also thanks for being an inspiration and a model for all of us. Too often people have no concern for the ones that they "supposedly" love.

Dani said...

Sending lots of healing vibes your Dad's way!

Thunder Dave said...

I hope things go well!
See you soon!

roger said...

no wonder you're such a handsome fellow, with a dad like that. our best to the both of you.

Floridacracker said...

Thank you all for the kind words and warm thoughts.
Checked in with Mom yesterday and it was a very good day for Dad. The home health nurse is a blessing, for Dad and for Mom.

Again, I really apprecieate the kindness. Thanks!

CUZ TINA said...

My Dad said when he was down last week that your Dad was having a little trouble.Good that you are relatively close. Get well soon Uncle ART!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am glad you are able to help them. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

robin andrea said...

Sending good wishes to your dad. He's got such a great support system, I'm sure he'll recover quite well.

We've had a wild couple of weeks here as well. Roger's mom passed away at the end of October, and we became grandparents on November 5th. The amazing sorrows and joys of life.

Miz S said...

Oh crap, FC. I'm sorry to hear that your dad isn't well. Good job, getting that ramp built so quickly. Sending you and yours lots of good wishes.