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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:31 AM
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If you get a moment, could you pray for my dad?
My father was admitted to the hospital a few days ago, on his 84th birthday, complaining of severe abdominal pain. When his blood pressure started dropping, they brought him into surgery, expecting acute diverticulitis. Instead they found a strange condition that he has had ever since an appendectomy performed when he was in his 20s. Over my lifetime at least, he's struggled with numerous chronic, non-lethal but mysterious problems that may have been caused by this condition. He appears to be recovering OK though he has a low-grade fever. They say he'll be out of the woods in the next few days as long as he doesn't catch pneumonia or suffer a heart attack.

My dad is a second-generation Italian-American, a World War II veteran, an FDR Democrat, an old-guard '60s liberal, and a prolific LTTE writer since his retirement. This past election took a toll on him, as it has on us all, and I wonder if the stress may have exacerbated the condition to the point that his life was in danger from it after 60 years of tolerating it.

This will be my family's first Christmas ever without dad at home and it will be strange. It makes me think of all the families who have loved ones overseas this Christmas, or in hospitals or have lost them forever due to this government's recklessness. Those are the folks my dad has been most concerned about over the past four years. So if you get a moment, could you say a prayer for them too?
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tjdee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:32 AM
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1. Yup. Hope your family does alright and your father is home soon.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:31 PM
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11. Thanks. They just moved him out of ICU
He was sitting up and managing his finances by phone. The doctors say he is doing remarkably well.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:33 AM
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2. I definitely will
I'm sending positive vibes to you and your family today and all weekend. :hug:

Thank you for asking for prayers for those with loved ones overseas. I have a friend who is in Mosul right now. We still haven't heard from him, but at least we know he is alive.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:35 PM
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12. I hope both our loved ones do well
The circumstances are so different but the peril is still great for both. I'll be thinking of your friend this weekend, too. :hug:
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mohinoaklawnillinois Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:35 AM
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3. Consider it done. n/t
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:52 PM
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19. Thanks. I'm sure it helped.
He's doing well.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:36 AM
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4. Certainly will! Put my father in a nursing home a few weeks back
he is 93. Talked to him today, he's doing fairly well, his mind is still razor sharp. He weights only 100 lbs. He was a big man 6'4" 180 lbs.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:42 PM
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16. We are both pretty lucky to have our dads around so long
My dad's still pretty sharp too, especially his political opinions. He doesn't shrink from using the word "fascist" in his LTTEs. ;-)
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Quakerfriend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:40 AM
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5. Sure Nux will do
O8)

PS. Love your user name. BTW, my great, great grandfather was Constantine Hering. I often ask those who have gone to the "other side" to send their positive, healing energy over for those who need it. I will call on him to help with your Dad's healing. Blessings to you and your family!
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:49 PM
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17. If such things are possible, Hering's guiding spirit is welcomed
I am quite impressed by your ancestry. Hering is something of hero of mine. I even have a reprint of his 1836 bestseller "The Homeopathic Domestic Physician." It was originally sold with a remedy kit and many pioneers headed west with that as their only form of health care.
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happynewyear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:44 AM
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6. he's added to my list
I have no plans for Xmas - pretty much alone here. I think I'll maybe go to church tomorrow for Xmas.

I'll add your father to my list of those to pray for.

I lost my dad over 7 years ago and I know what it is like not having your dad around for the holidays.

I hope he recovers and gets well soon.


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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:57 PM
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20. Sorry about your loss
And thanks for your prayers. :hug:
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n2mark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 12:07 PM
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7. Sure will!
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:58 PM
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21. Thanks!
Hope you have a good holiday too.
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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 12:10 PM
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8. Many good wishes for your dad.
Edited on Fri Dec-24-04 12:10 PM by ih8thegop
:hug:
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:00 PM
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22. Thanks. My dad h8s the gop too
:hug:
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 12:12 PM
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9. Will do, my friend!
And then some... from one 2nd generation Italian-American for another, any time!


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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:03 PM
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23. Thanks, FarLeftRage
Edited on Fri Dec-24-04 03:42 PM by nuxvomica
I just noticed the "tree" in your picture. Thanks for the laugh, too. :hi:

edit: I originally used "FarLefty" is a "familiar" form of your sn forgetting there actually is a "FarLefty". If you saw that, man, it's not cuz I forgot you. I certainly know who you are. I hope you have a great holiday, goombah. ;-)
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FarLeftRage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:38 PM
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47. That's okay Goombah
You have a very Merry Christmas, alright?

We'll get together again sometime next year... :hug:

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Individualist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 12:30 PM
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10. I will
and for you as well.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:07 PM
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24. Thanks a bunch
I don't need the prayers for myself, so much. But I appreciate it. :hug:
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meganmonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:36 PM
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13. Definitely!
And btw, I like your username! Pretty obscure reference, I know I certainly took it all day on Nov. 4th!
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:08 PM
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25. Thanks
Keep some nux handy for January 1, too. That's usually when folks need it most. ;-)
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:38 PM
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14. sure
:hi:
I emailed Rhi last night and she told me about this. Sorry about your dad man.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:11 PM
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27. I am worried, Kleeb
But if he gets through this recovery, he'll probably be healthier than he's been in years. Crossing my fingers. :hi:
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:12 PM
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28. Thats good
I hope he can recover. A couple weeks back marked the 25th anniversiry of my grandfather's death. My other grandfather has been through tough times too.
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:39 PM
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15. Done n/t
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:15 PM
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29. Thanks and have a great holiday yourself, bearfan
:hi:
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 02:52 PM
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18. Send best wishes and prayers your family's way.
:hug:

For all families separated.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:23 PM
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33. Thanks, DK
:hug:
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Lenape85 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:09 PM
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26. I will
He sounds a lot like my grandpa, who passed away a year and a half ago
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:25 PM
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34. If he was like my dad, you must miss him a lot
Thanks for your prayers.
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:15 PM
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30. sending good vibes
as we speak, to your Dad and family too. May your Dad recover quickly and return home in improved health and good spirits. My Best to Y'All
:hug: :hug: :hug:

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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:26 PM
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35. Thanks, buddhamama
:hug: :hi:
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fluffernutter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:16 PM
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31. i'm sorry. hugs to you and positive thoughts for your dad.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:26 PM
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36. Thanks
As I replied to tjdee, he's been moved out of ICU and they say he's doing well.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:17 PM
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32. Heartfelt prayers being sent your way from me,
nuxvomica. Peace to you and yours.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:27 PM
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37. Thanks, babylonsister
And peace to you and yours back at ya.
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SW FL Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 03:32 PM
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38. Sending our thoughts and prayers
your Dad's way. Hope he recovers quickly. It is tough to be without family during the holidays, my Dad has been gone for 24 years - he would have been 84.
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:42 PM
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39. Thanks for your kind thoughts
I visited him a few hours ago and he's doing better.
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RadicalMom Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:56 PM
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44. Sounds like he's a fighter...
It feels like he's going to be around for along time yet. Already sent prayers for him. And "buon natale" from yet another Italian.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:45 PM
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40. Merry Christmas to your dad and your family and you
I'm glad that he is doing a little better. He sounds like a wonderful person. I sent a prayer his way.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:46 PM
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41. My prayers go out to your Dad
and you family as well as the military. Hope he has a full recovery.
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AngryLizard Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:49 PM
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42. Done
Best of wishes.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 09:50 PM
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43. My thoughts and prayers are coming your way...
These can be tough times, especially during this time of year.

If I may make a suggestion. When you and yours go to visit him, make sure you clear the air of all that has held you back in the past...Clean up the yard, so to speak.... :)

May your visits go well, and you receive only good news over the next few days... O8)
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njdemocrat106 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:10 PM
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45. Will do!
Best holiday thoughts and wishes too, to you, your dad, and everyone here on DU.
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IndyPriest Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:14 PM
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46. Sure will, nux. Many blessings to you, too. n/t
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:49 PM
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48. Sending you my best wishes.
I hope your father comes home soon. :hug:
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tilsammans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 11:55 PM
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49. A prayer . . .
. . . for your dad and your family.

:grouphug:
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steely Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-25-04 12:12 AM
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50. I will to, nux.
My mom had dinner with us tonight, and she's sleeping over.
I'm so glad she did - then tomorrow she is with my sister's fam.

I hope she had a good time tonight, and is cozy in our spare bed.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-26-04 03:24 AM
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51. I will.
Even though he doesn't like my dogs and complains that I put too much sauce on my pasta, I've become very fond of him, since I lost my own father. And he has taught me a lot, especially about the world and about politics. I belong to the agnostics forum, but will say a prayer for them all, since I care about them all, just in case it helps. :shrug:
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-26-04 05:33 AM
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52. Sending positive thoughts and
prayers your Dad's way. :hug:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 03:59 AM
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53. How's your Dad?
And how was Christmas? I hope he's better. :-)
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derbstyron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 04:02 AM
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54. I will keep him in my thoughts
I wish you, and he, the best
:pals:
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nuxvomica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 06:42 PM
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55. Update on my dad :-)
He ate today and will probably be able to go home in two days. His recovery has been faster then we had expected. I'm sure much of that has been due to everyone's prayers, kind thoughts and good vibes.
So give yourselves a hand, DUers, you bunch of bighearted liberals you! :-)
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derbstyron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 06:43 PM
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56. That is *wonderful* news!
I'm so happy for you and your family, especially at this time of year.
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motely36 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-27-04 06:45 PM
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57. I'm so glad to hear your dad is getting better
I'll keep him in my prayers.
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-28-04 05:25 AM
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58. Liberals?! I thought this was Free Republic, with all the prayers!
Sorry, I'm just very happy for your Dad, hope he's home soon and able to eat pasta and sauce, as much as he wants, within the week! Just think! He'll be able to eat better than he has for 60 years! Amazing! :D
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-29-04 06:39 AM
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59. So will your Dad be going home soon?!
He should get the best of care, for as long as possible, but I know, because of my Dad, and me, it's tough to be confined. :-)
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