Not enough time for a long blog today.After a busy day at school, I am meeting up with Dale and Kathi to go see Grease at The Papermill Playhouse. We are using my dad’s tickets. Unfortunately, my dad is still in the hospital and not coming home like he thought. He was in great spirits yesterday thinking that at some point today he’d be back in his house. Dave and Dale were “on call” for his pick up today, just waiting for the call saying he could leave. When I spoke to him early this morning I wasn’t so sure because he had run another fever during the night. He still seemed optimistic, but after seeing several doctors during the day, including the infectious disease specialist, they decided another day was needed.
Needless to say, he is NOT happy about it. That alone tells me that he’s feeling better though. It took until the seventh day for him to complain and start arguing about staying any longer. I haven’t spoken to any of his doctors. I can never get there and time it to meet up with one. Today, he was taken for an echocardiogram. I am still unclear why, but since he had a quadruple bypass years ago, I assume they were checking to make sure no damage was done to his heart after the blood infection and high fevers.
I am hoping that those results come back soon. So is dad! He just wants to get out of there. I know he doesn’t want to hear it, but I am happy that they are checking everything out, even if it means staying a bit longer. At least this way, we will know he’s all clear to go home and won’t have to worry about him relapsing at home. Better to get all better now than have to go back to the hospital!!
Once again, thanks for all the good wishes. He can’t wait to get home to thank you all personally~
We have a friend who is battling lymphoma right now. She has just completed her 6th round of chemotherapy. From what we have heard, things are going well and her spirits are high! She is one of the most positive people I have ever met so I would expect no different from her!
Through a community website, “lotsa helping hands,” friends and family have been coming together to do what they can to help her family during this time. Tomorrow is our day to bring dinner. I decided to make a big pot of chicken, kale and white bean soup. It makes a big batch so the whole family to share, but if they aren’t up for eating it right away, it freezes well too. We will make a big salad tomorrow and bring that along with a loaf of bread. Hopefully it is a meal that will satisfy the whole family. A benefit of the website is that we can see any food restrictions or allergies and make sure that it is a meal that will be good for all of them.
In the past, I have made meals for friends who have had babies, or baked cookies to bring to new neighbors. After my mom died, we had so much food sent in. It was a blessing having one less thing to need to take care of. I know that there are people in need all around us and this small act of kindness was much appreciated.
I found a great website that gave some tips and advice for making a meal for someone in need. It is called “Cooking for Others: A Guide to Giving Sympathy Meals.” The list of meals went far beyond sympathy though; illnesses, new baby, new neighbors…the list could be for anyone in need. Here are tips I found helpful:
Food Should be:
- easy to transport
- easy to eat
- freeze well
Suitable Dishes Include:
- Soups, Chili, and Stew
- Crockpot or slow cooker meals
- Sauced Meals
Check out the website for some recipes too
I know that food is not going to be what heals her, but I hope that she knows how much she is loved and is aware of all of the support and love that is out there for her. Imagine if love alone could cure….