Wednesday, May 20, 2009


I don't think I have ever had anything touch my heart quite as much as when I turned on the computer last night. After two days of heartbreak, I just couldn't believe how many beautiful, wonderful comments were left on my blog. You are the most amazing group of women I have ever "known". Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I'm going to pick up my mom this morning and heading back up to the hospital. We have so much to get done today. Checking nursing homes, meeting with the attorney, keeping my dad comfortable...
The message that I would like to convey this morning is to NEVER take anything for granted. My wonderful dad is 86 years old and I don't think he has ever had an enemy. He is kind, gentle, giving and the greatest dad and grandpa that anyone could ever have. We all went out to dinner Friday night, he wanted to have my Rosie dog on Saturday for the day (she helped him plant tomatoe plants), and Sunday Dick took him and Abbey fishing! He woke up Monday morning very ill, dizzy, couldn't set up... The ambulance was there at about 6:30 and we were at the hospital by 7:00. We spent all morning in ER. He was very coherant, kept telling me how much he loved me and they admitted him. When we got to his room, Dick and I watched him have a very bad stroke. In just a matter of minutes things can change. Don't ever put off things until tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come, at least not as you knew it.
On the positive side of all of this, I have the most amazing grown children. I don't have siblings, but these "children" and my husband have rallied and make me so very proud. Friends have all been there for us also. Our Kim's mom is running the shop for me, which is such a big relief not to have to worry about anything there.
I've got to go pick up my mom, but I send out my sincere thank you to all of you and the prayers you have give us. You are truly amazing!
Until a little later...


  1. I have had you on my mind ever since read the other post. Strokes are my biggest fear. They can change things in a moment like you said. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

    hugs, Linda

  2. oh was 2003 when i went thru all this with my dad....i will continue sending good thoughts and big hugs your way....all the best to your family..its not easy...sending my prayers too!!!

  3. Strokes are so very devastating, I'm so sorry this has happened to your family Dawn. Janet

  4. Oh....Dawn~
    I am soo sorry.I have been away for blog-land and just read your posts. IF you need anything just call! I know that you wil get through this. I will be praying for you and your family.
    Keep me posted.
    Many Blessings My Friend........

  5. Hi Dawn; I have been off the computer as it was having fits along with other issues; but I want to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts. I am hoping that your Dad will be able to be with you all again soon. I am so sorry that this has happened to you all. If you need anything,please let me know; I am sure willing to pitch in any way I can. Please keep us updated. Merrie

  6. Oh Dawn, I'm continuing my prayers for your father and for you and your family through this very rough time. You are so right how things can change in a minute.

  7. I'm keeping those prayers for your dad and mom going. While you're busy taking care of things be sure to take care of yourself.

  8. Dawn ~
    I'm so sorry that this has happened to your dad ~
    He sounds like an awesome man. I will pray for your whole family, especially your dad & mom.

  9. I'm so sad to hear about your father. My father died very suddenly in 1987 but it seems like yesterday. Don't take anyone for granted. Tell them every day you love them.

    My prayers are with you and your family.

  10. Dawn,
    I'm still sending up prayers for your dad, mom, you and your whole family.
    We got a call yesterday from my MIL that my husband's cousin had a stroke in his brain and things are not looking good. DH and him were very close growing up, but now they live so far away that we haven't not seen him & his family in 16 years. You are so right...that things can change in a minute!!
    Hope you can feel the hugs that I'm sending your way.

  11. Be sure to take care of yourself also...what you are going thur is so mentally exhausting...I'm glad you have someone at the store so you have no worries there.

  12. I am so sorry, I know this hard. But I know what you mean about taking things for granted...I loss my Daddy when I was 12, he was only 48. Every since that day I have been preparing myself for the day when I would loose my Mama....she turned 75 a few weeks ago!
    Love him all you can and I pray that God keeps his loving arms around him and your family,