Dad is here. Mom too.
He is doing remarkable for someone that had a stroke 3 months ago. When it happened he was about 3-4 hours from death. It was sudden and deadly.
I have built a 16 foot ramp in the garage, I have demolished the wall that led to the bathroom (door was too narrow for a wheelchair, so it died to a wrecking bar and saw-saw), I have installed those bathroom grab bars in the shower and toilet, got a raiser for the toilet, and we got this Lift Recliner at Sam's Club...my god he is in love with that chair. It heats, massages, etc. Loves it.
He is sharp. He taught us how to play dominos. The tube that was in his throat for ....3 weeks, it made his voice raspy. Very raspy. But that goes away with time and ST (Speech Therapy)
Flying from Missouri to Denver was good EXCEPT when we landed. The DIA people would not bring a wheelchair to the plane. Kept it back at the bottom of a 20 feet (we were on a small plane, boarding ramp was brought out). They would NOT bring it up the ramp. ...well...DAD CAN'T WALK YET! I mean I was getting pissed.
She kept repeating "I'm sorry sir, but it's against policy to bring the wheelchair up the ramp". I don't give...a fuck about your policy...ohhhhhh, anger.
So guess what! The United Pilot overhead this (because we were on the plane waiting for a wheelchair for so long the United crew were doing their plane clean up) that the United Pilot looked at me and said "Hey, you want me to go get the wheelchair and bring it to your dad? Because it ain't against MY policy". Bless that man. He did, and we finally got dad off the plane. I'm currently talking with both United and DIA to see who is to blame for this, lot of finger pointing from DIA to United, so we'll see what happens.
But dad is doing well. Better than we hoped in fact. I'm happy with how things are turning out.
OH, the VA. Turns out the local VA will get us a hospital bed, all the supplies we need, and do in home therapy until dad is strong enough to go to the facility. That was really cool. They've actually been really cool with us. I'm glad, they should be. So many VA places are full of horror stories. We'll see how it really goes but so far they've promised us a lot. I'll keep you posted on if they actually deliver on those promises. Here's hoping.
I'm living in the guest room and moved my gaming stuff to the basement so I can be noisy down there. Overall I'm very happy with how this is going. I'm glad I can help mom & dad in this horrible scary time. Good to give back to them.