Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Back home

My Dad was released from the hospital this afternoon, finally after 4 days. He is doing very well with his walker to avoid using his affected foot, but he still has many months ahead of living this new "disabled" life until his cast will come off. The hardest part is that my Dad doesn't like to depend on others for anything, even when he is sick and healing. I guess no one likes to depend on others though, do they? It really hurts to see him like this, especially at a younger age of just 63. I'm really trying to be optimistic and hopeful for healing, but his Diabetes after 30years has really taken a toll. All we can really do at this point is be there more to help him out, and continue our prayers.

Awesome news today, the timing is just perfect. Josh was finally given a set start time at work. No more varied midnight to 4am shifts. His new start time will be 4am and even better, he has two days a week that are set in stone as his days off! No more crazy varied hours and days! I can go back to working 3 full days instead of 5 half days......which means I can help out with my Dad on my extra days off each week! I feel relieved already. My mom works away from home at least 50 hours a week, so my Dad is home alone all day. Being on disability for his Diabetes has left him a very lonely guy. He is legally blind and isn't supposed to drive, so he doesn't leave the house-ever, except to go to see his Renal doctors. Of course driving far from home he needs someone to take him to those appointments. My Dad does make it out to do the grocery shopping (even though he probably shouldn't drive AT ALL) but he won't be able to do the shopping anymore with his foot. With two days off during the week I can surely do his shopping. Needless to say, this new schedule for Josh means life is alot easier for all of us.

Summer is also coming quickly, and a new set schedule for Josh means I won't have the worries of wondering who will manage Maddison while we are at work. I will take the usual summer reduction in my hours and work just 2 full days a week, the days Josh is home with the kids. Its a win situation all the way around. So cool....I really needed some relief to all this chaos. What a relief. Not only do I have my kids covered for summer, but I have my Dad covered as well. YAY!


Scott K. Johnson said...

A good dose of good news! Yay!

Jill said...

YAYYYYYYY! ~does a happy dance~

I'm so glad things worked out for you :) "Everything happens for a reason." I'll be sending up some prayers for your Dad's recovery as well!