Lately I have felt (in no particular order)...
My dad was in the hospital for 4 days this week. (Most people reading this know that he has cancer.) Anyway...He went in on Tuesday morning and didn't get out until Friday afternoon. It just so happened to be the week of girls camp for my ward. So, Riley was gone and I was unable to go up and spend any time with the Young Women. That was my choice. I just didn't dare leave. I was afraid that I would get out of cell phone range and have my dad take a turn for the worse. Monday night my dad complained of a sore throat. When my mom told me this, I instantly felt complete panic. I knew that a fever would follow. Tuesday morning he started getting a fever. The doctor sent them over to the hospital that day.
Wednesday night was a very scary night for all of us. They were giving him different kinds of medicine to bring the fever down and nothing was working. My dad was totally lethargic. The staff at the hospital had a hard time getting his fever to come down. They packed ice behind his neck and under his arm pits. At that time they also came in and put a wrist band on him that had big black letters DNR, meaning Do Not Resuscitate. Seeing him with that wrist band is a hard pill to swallow. Do. Not. Resuscitate. For a lack of better words, That sucks. It just doesn't seem right.
Dad also had the stomach flu while he was up there. One of the times I was visiting I saw him sitting at the side of his bed. I just could not believe how skinny he looked. He just looked so very very fragile. I have NEVER used the word fragile to describe my dad. He has also developed a bad cough. This makes me so very nervous.
My dad asked his doctor if he could go to church on Sunday. The doctor told him that it would be okay and that he doesn't need to wear a mask. I think the doctor would just like him to live out his last days doing what he wants. My dad plans on mowing his lawn on Monday. He has had SO many offers...people want to mow it for him. He just really wants to do it. My mom told me that he gave both the oncologist here and the one in Utah a Book of Mormon. He sure is an inspiration to everyone.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW...continuing from earlier post...
My dad was well enough to perform the temple sealing for my nephew and is darling wife. That was such a special time for all of us. We were blessed to be in the temple witnessing my dad marry a family member for the first and last time. It was a great day. We were also able to get one last family picture with my parents and all my siblings.
Some pictures from that day...
Justin and Alli
My great dad and 4 awesome brothers.
My mom and dad outside the temple.
I took a few pictures of my kids while waiting for the photographer that took lots of family pictures.
Me, my 7 gorgeous-wonderful sisters, and one proud papa.
MORE UPDATE: My dad was also well enough to give a talk in sacrament meeting last week. He prepared some of his talk while he was in the hospital. At that time, my mom called me and said that my dad wanted his lap top so he could work on his talk.
This past Monday my dad went and did his home teaching. I guarantee he was not feeling good at the time.
I have really taken a hard look at the way I live my life. Would I be working on a talk if I were in the hospital? Would I give Visiting Teaching a second thought if I were sick? My dad is such a great example to me.