I got this email from him today:

"I got home from more than a week in the hospital Monday. I knew I was getting sicker daily. It turned out I had pneumonia and was seriously anemic. I am getting well and learning to use oxygen at home as I recover.

I'm still pretty weak and homebound. I imagine in the long term I will have to be less involved in some things and drop out of others. I hope to get all my strength back, but have to make adjustments anyhow.

Thanks for all the support and prayers."

I echo his thanks for your prayers and thoughts.
jennywren: (Default)
( Sunday, October 28th, 2007 12:19 pm)
Originally, I heard that my dad had gone into the hospital last Saturday with a very contagious pneumonia. His wife called my mom who then called to tell me about it! Yesterday afternoon, I was able to call my dad at the hospital. He said that he thought it was just his COPD, so he hadn't done anything about it until he was anemic, coughing, having trouble breathing, and having blue fingers! It turns out he had a staph infection in his lungs and bacteria pneumonia. When I talked to him yesterday, he was feeling much better and hoping that he could finish his antibiotic treatment at home where he was more comfortable. I am so relieved that he is feeling better. I didn't know from the messages I got, exactly how sick he was. I didn't know if he was at death's door or what. It was good to talk to my dad, to find out how he really was, as well as to just catch up with him a little bit. We don't talk very often.

Thank you all for your continued prayers for his recovery. I really appreciate it.

I am hoping that my computer might come back this week. I've really missed it, and I am so behind on reading my friends' posts and everything.
jennywren: (Default)
( Saturday, October 27th, 2007 10:32 am)
For my dad:

He is in the hospital in Chicago with a very contagious type of
pneumonia. The doctors aren't sure how he got it. They have also been giving
him blood transfusions, but they are unable to keep his blood count
up. He had a kidney transplant several years ago, so his immune system
is compromised. Please keep him you your prayers.
jennywren: (spinning earth)
( Monday, August 8th, 2005 11:54 am)
I'm just bumming around this morning and Molly is napping, so I'll put off what I've been avoiding and try to deal with day three of our trip. I think I've been avoiding it because there are lots of emotions tied to seeing my dad and it is a lot of processing. I'm good at avoidance.

Molly and I drove back in from Glenview to downtown Chicago and parked underground near Millennium Park. We were 20 minutes early, so my dad was 20 minutes late. We met by the lions in front of theArt Institute of Chicago. Tuesdays are free admission, which was nice for all of us. When Dannye and I visited Chicago together in January 2000 for the LSA (Linguistic Society of America) meeting, we stayed downtown in the Palmer House Hilton (the school paid for lodging) and made side trips to the Field Museum and the Art Institute. We visited with my dad at the Art Institute and had our pictures taken by the lions. It was less than a month after my dad's kidney transplant.

Anyway, my dad showed up. I wasn't sure who all might be with him, but it was just his new wife Rita and him. Rita brought along pictures of their wedding which was in May 2003. I didn't attend, but my brother and sister did, as well as my dad's mom, one of his brothers, his ex-sister-in-law, and three of my cousins. They were married on a Sunday morning at their church, so there were like 700 people there. Fortunately the reception was smaller. Dad and Rita live in Chicago with two of Rita's grandchildren, twins (a boy and a girl) who are about 5 or 6. Rita has two or three children and four grandchildren, I think. This was the first time I met Rita. She is very friendly and nice and gives good hugs. This was also the first time Dad met Molly, and he was very kind to her and welcomed her to the family.

We saw lots of things at the museum. I made sure I saw the Georgia O'Keefe, since she is one of my favorite artists. We saw the armor and weapons gallery. We saw early American art and furnishings. Rita saw many things she liked. We went to lunch at a COSI across the street, and Dad told us a little about his church (some sort of Pentecostal church) and about his doctoral studies there. We just didn't have enough time to talk. After we ate we looked around the museum a little more, before my dad and Rita were feeling tired and unwell and needed to go. I got a picture of them, so when I get it developed . . . . I felt really sad when they left, because it had been such a short visit and we didn't get to visit very much. Molly and I stayed at the Art Institute until closing and bought some postcards at the gift shop. Since it was rush hour, we walked around downtown for a bit. We stopped in Marshall Field's, because my mom had worked there a couple summers in the late 1960s. We went to the basement level, because I remember my mom saying that she had worked there. We found a bookstore and browsed and ate some dinner. I bought some Frango Chocolate Mints, which are melt in your mouth delicious.

We finally felt traffic was better and got the car and headed back to our motel. Wednesday we ate breakfast at a pancake house and drove back to Ohio. It was very, very hot and the drive was long and sleepy. We stopped somewhere in Indiana and walked around a Target trying to wake up. We listened to an audio book of Patricia Wrede's Searching for Dragons, which is a good story, but had some annoying characters.

Blech, I'm still avoiding my feelings. I guess I'll write later about how I felt and how my dad looked and how I sobbed Tuesday night in the motel about my dad. I'm tired of writing now, but I'll post more later.


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