Friday, August 24, 2007

I drove all night...

Isn't there a song that goes like that? It is somewhere lurking in the back of my mind. The tune is trying to come through but then it runs away again. Anyway, seriously, last night, I drove all night - or at least a big part of it.

My dad's surgery went fine and was successful in the sense that the surgeon accomplished what he set out to do. He took out the bad disk, put in a donor bone, a plate and closed it all back up. What he didn't do was repair the damage that was already done. So according to him, THE Neuro surgeon, or as I like to call him "Mr Personality" (ha) the paralysis (yes he actually said the word paralysis) that has already set into my dad's body will not get better. Well I don't believe him because I read the Internet :-) No seriously, the neurologist my dad met with initially said she thought physical therapy would help my dad regain some, if not all, of his functioning. And frankly I've never met an overly optimistic surgeon so I (we) are choosing to ignore the surgeons prediction and listen to the neurologist. I know, but really, they tell people they will never walk again and sometimes they do so I'm not giving up hope yet! My dad is going to do PT and if that doesn't help well we will all learn to live with him moving a little slower - because really, at the end of the day, I really don't care - just as long as he is around.

My dad was doing so well after surgery that at 10:30 p.m. I decided to start the almost 4 hour drive home. I know but I was responsible. I called the HotY, I checked the weather, I had a full tank of gas, I called and checked in along the way. It was just me, the semis and some great CD's to keep me going. I finally crawled into bed sometime after 3:00 a.m. If I hadn't doubted the handy-dandy navigation system in my van I probably would have been home a 1/2 hour sooner. In the future I will never ever doubt the wisdom of a computer generated female voice giving directions! And really I don't think it is even a little coincidental that it is female voice giving those directions because we all know how men are with directions :-)

So that's it. I'm home. My dad is doing well and ready to work. And we made a trip to Target tonight for school stuff. Life is bliss :-)



Renee (redhead68) said...

Oh good! I'm glad he came thru surgery well. Remember what I said about the PT. Make him do it!!! Great layouts, by the way!

Kerry said...

I'm glad to hear it. We're keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

And I believe you were actually trying to sing a Celine Dion song. Shame on you.

Shirley said...

GOOOOO, dad! P&PT for him. LMAO at your comment about the directions.

Maija said...

I'm glad your dad came safely through surgery. I know how difficult it is to watch a parent struggle. I will pray for you both!