Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Update on Dad.

Oh my, things sure have changed on Blogger since February!  I can hardly find my way around so will have to do some studying on this new system.  I was shocked to see so many comments as I haven't looked at my blog for quite some time.  Thank you for all of your prayers and good thoughts for my Dad.  He is doing quite well, not 100% yet but getting there.  He is back to work mowing all his lawns, I think he has about 15 or so that he does, and we try to go and help him on the long days.  He can drive, was cleared for that quite some time ago, finished all of his physical therapy, and has had his bleeds checked out and they are all gone. He still has some dizziness when he gets up from laying back but that seems to go within a few seconds now. They told him that it might take up to a year for that to go away completely.  We are very thankful that he came through this,  God is good!  Life around here is a bit different but we are managing.  We don't like to leave my Mom alone much but we work it out.

I am sorry to say that we had to have Lil' Bud put down about a month ago.  We had been dealing with a couple of abscessed teeth that had to be removed, lots of antibiotics, x-rays, meds etc and it turned out to be cancer of the facial bones and jaw.  It was a very fast moving cancer, within a three week span it changed immensely so the decision had to be made to have him put down the next morning.  My vet said he had about a week and not to wait even that long.  It's funny because he never missed a meal, never acted sick other then when the teeth needed to be pulled, never lost any weight, looked fabulous and was so loving right to the end.  Funsize rode him up to our horse cemetery bareback and he did fine, would have cantered if she had wanted him to, just a week or ten days before we were trail riding and he took right off at a nice canter without her even asking him. He was a gentle soul and we miss him terribly but couldn't let him suffer in any way, he was 24.  Again life is different but we have such wonderful memories.  Funsize was 11 when we bought him for her and she is now 29 so really they grew up together.  :o)   We still have Scooter, Nick and Kipper.  I filled Lil Bud's big box stall with extra bales of hay and shavings, I couldn't stand to see it empty.  I am riding Scoot about every day and he is doing really well changing from his job as a team penning horse to a nice western pleasure horse.  Miss T is riding Kip and buzzing around like mad and Funsize has taken over Nick.

Not sure when I will get back to blogging regularly, maybe not till fall.  We are enjoying the lake this summer so much and I have had lots of projects around the yard putting in pretty plants replacing the ones that winter killed last winter due to no snow.  I am spending as much time as possible with my grand kids, we have done lots of fun things.  They are growing so fast and before you know it they won't think it's cool to hang out with Grammie.  They are at the lake this week with Mom and Dad and we are headed down tomorrow for the 4th.  

Again thank you for all your kind words and prayers, it DOES make a difference!

PS I am still Home On the Range but I couldn't get that on the picture so it says my title is YAY.  I will try to get that fixed.  :0)


Carroll Farm said...

So glad to here everything is going well with your Dad!! Thanks for updating us. I miss your posts and wild life, can't wait for you to start blogging regularly again - however, completely understand spending time with family and friends and NOT on the computer!

Carroll Farm said...

So glad to here everything is going well with your Dad!! Thanks for updating us. I miss your posts and wild life, can't wait for you to start blogging regularly again - however, completely understand spending time with family and friends and NOT on the computer!

Anita said...

What a surprise to do a little blog surfing and to find you! Welcome back... Even though you are coming back slowly, it's good to hear from you and to know that your dad is doing well. Continued prayers for him and your mother.

Did you ever say what he was diagnosed with? As I get older, like most other "older" people :) I tend to be curious about illnesses and diseases. I never understood that when I was a young adult; used to wonder why my parents and their friends were always talking about sickness. Now I get it; as my generation is beginning to experience these things.

I'm sorry about your horse. I know you and your family really miss him.

Take care, and blog again when you can. :)

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I am so happy to hear from you!

Hollie said...

Oh my goodness!! I was sooooo glad to see an entry from you!!! I missed you terribly!!!

Thank God that your Dad is doing well!! I have kept you ALL in my thoughts and prayers!!

I'm so sorry about the loss of Lil' Bud!! I know you miss him terribly!! (((HUGS)))

I hope you all have a happy and safe fourth!!!

dickiebo said...

It's July 4th here now. Great to have good news on this day!
Under normal circumstances, I would simply say, 'Enjoy', but I hate that expression, so, Have a Great Day.

Needled Mom said...

It's so good to see a post from you!

I know that you must be having a grand time with family on this special day. Have you experienced all the heat in your neck of the woods too?

Life has definitely changed for you since February. I'm so glad that your dad has done so well, but am so sorry to hear about Little Bud.

Take care, my friend, and enjoy the children.

Mrs Mom said...

So glad to see you back, even if for a moment MM. WIcked happy to see that Dad is progressing so well too!! It was heartbreaking to read about Lil Bud too.

Heres hoping all continues to go well up there! Enjoy your summer!!

Nancy said...

I was so happy to see a new post from you! I have been out of the loop for some time but was checking to see who was still blogging. I'd like to get back to writing and posting again myself! I have had enough of Facebook! LOL

Glad that your dad is doing better now! It's a worry when they get older and get sick. I have lost both of my parents, and it's such a different way of life without them. So enjoy them while you have them.
Great to see you are still here!!! Hugs!

Rachel said...

Glad to hear the good report on your Dad. So sorry to hear about Little Bud. What a lovely horse!!

Enjoy the lake and keep cool!

Cliff said...

Good to hear that everything is going well with Dad. You've been missed.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Out of the blue I decided to check your blog today to see if you had posted and what a nice surprise it was to see your entry. It's great to hear that your Dad is better and that you are enjoying the lake and your grandchildren. I hope your summer will be a great one for you.

sue said...

just popped in to see what was what and so happy to find that you are "back"... have a great summer.. will be looking for the posts...

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zztop357 said...

Glad things are getting better. I'm so sorry about Lil'Bud. I hate loosing a family member.
I'm glad you're back even if its just once in a while!!! You have been missed!!

palmtreefanatic said...

Welcome back even if it IS for a short while! you have been missed!
Praise God your dad is doing so well! Thats fantastic news!

So sorry to hear about li'l bud! That had to be very hard to let go... So sorry!

The summer is flying by and the kids keep growing like weeds!

so much has happened in our household this year! My husband has been off work since Jan 2 due to bad back and much nerve damage and hopes to start getting disability next month!

I am working my butt off at 2 jobs now both hair related:)

you take care! love ya and miss ya!

Linds said...

I am just popping in to say hi - for some reason, your blog disappeared from my feed and I was thinking about you and am just so glad I have sorted the wretched thing before you start posting again ! (I hope) I hope you have had a wonderful summer!

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So excited to hear from u as I miss u so much! hope your family is well!
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Rising Rainbow said...

I am glad to hear your dad is doing so well. I wish I could say the same for me. Just the thought of mowing 15 lawns makes me need a nap. Good for him.

Sorry to hear about Lil Bud. I know how hard that must be for you. Losing them is definitely the hard part of loving them.

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