February 23, 2012

Valentine Rose

I received a beautiful bouquet of roses on Valentine's Day from my wonderful hubby ♥ I love taking pictures of flowers, especially when they're mine :)

February 17, 2012

Grandpa and Preston

When my dad was moved out of ICU, we were able to take Preston into the hospital so he could see his Grandpa. I dressed him in a Harley outfit which was a big hit. Preston was a little shy at first - I love the picture of them both screaming! But once he saw Grandpa's soda, they were friends.

February 13, 2012

Dad's classroom

While we were visiting my dad, we got a chance to go see his classroom at the college. He teaches Criminal Justice and just recently had a mural painted on his 30 foot wall. The artist even painted him in the picture (in the beret just to the right of the dress). I've seen pictures of it, but it was pretty cool to see in person - it's huge!

*The close-up includes my Uncle Scott.

February 9, 2012

Dad's home

My dad went home Monday night after we flew back home. Things are running smoothly and he's hoping to go back to work tomorrow.

We got a chance to meet the medics at the college who saved my dad's life. Neal (left) was first on scene and started CPR. Scott (right) used the AED. This was the first time either of them had used these procedures on a real person. They were quick and did everything right. I made them a cheesy card and taped 2 rolls of Lifesavers candy on the front - one for each of them. They loved it and said they were going to frame it - lol!! They were super nice guys and I'm so glad we got a chance to meet them and thank them in person.

February 6, 2012

Angiogram today

Dad is having an angiogram today to check his heart. Another Uncle flew in last night. Dad doesn't know he's here. We'll all go to the hospital together and surprise him.

Hoping to get some answers as to what caused his heart attack last week.

February 5, 2012

Superbowl party at the hospital!!

It's Superbowl Sunday!! I don't watch the game (or any football), but my Uncle is going to the hospital to watch the game with my dad - they are both excited.

My dad was moved out of ICU last night and into the cardiac unit. He's doing extremely well!! They're running a bunch of heart tests tomorrow to try to get some answers as to why this all happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. He's improving every day. The hospital won't let Preston upstairs so the nurse is going to bring my dad downstairs in a wheelchair so he can finally see his grandson. That's going to be wonderful! I brought a Harley outfit to put him in which I know will be a big hit :)

February 3, 2012

Teeth, Jello and a chair

Things with my dad are improving! All the tubes came out of his mouth so we can understand him a lot better when he talks. He wears full dentures and was able to put his teeth in last night. I fed him a gourmet dinner of Cherry Jello and Chocolate Pudding - he loved both. The nurses got him out of bed and he walked to a chair and sat upright for awhile. He still has no short term memory, but his long term memory is fine. He knows that he had a heart attack, but doesn't remember anything. I told him he was brought to the hospital on a Harley - that made him laugh :)

He may be moved out of ICU today which would be a huge step forward!

February 2, 2012

Dad update

We made it to Phoenix Tuesday night. Dad was still unresponsive and in an induced coma. We went to see him yesterday and he was conscious!! He opened his eyes and smiled at me. He was even able to squeeze my hand. It's confirmed that he had a heart attack, but thanks to the quick response of the people who were around him, things are looking pretty good! They're hoping to take out the breathing tube today and then he'll be able to talk. I'm sure we're in for an earful!