Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Does it ever cool off in Florida?

Well, I said I was going to keep up with the laundry in case I had to make a quick trip south, but I neglected to do that and will have to use my dad's facilities while I'm here.

He's been having pretty good days, but very uncomfortable nights. Sunday night they moved him from a regular medical floor into Intensive Care. His wife called yestserday at 7:30 a.m., I left West Virginia at 9:20 and I saw him about 12 hours later.

I may have violated the speed limit getting here. And I certainly wasn't conserving fuel.

When I stepped out of the car at the hospital, I was immediately struck by the thought that my blue jeans were probably too heavy to wear in this climate. How long does it take you southerners to adapt? We can see our breath when we walk outside in the early morning in WV; about all I can see here are palm fronds waving in the sea breeze.

We don't know what's wrong with my dad. It's not the systemic infection we first feared; it appears to be heart-related and right now it doesn't look good. His breathing is being assisted and he's sedated, but is, as the nurses say, appropriate when they turn him or try to wake him.

Which is to say, he can squeeze my hand, but doesn't know I'm there. Please keep dear old Dad in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days. He needs a lot of help.

And so do I.


  1. I will certainly keep your dad and your family in my prayers. I'm glad you were able to drop everything and go to Florida to be with him. I'll let the southerners give climate advice; it's cold up here this morning and I'd have the same problem. Keep us posted on your dad.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad. I'm sure you being there is good for both of you. Hope things take a turn for the better soon.

  3. thinking of you and your dad...

  4. Keeping you and your dad in my prayers. Glad you got there quickly and safely.

    Take care!

  5. I'll be adding my prayers for all of you to the circle.

  6. Debbi,
    Thinking and praying for you and your dad.

  7. Hope you Dad is better soon and that you're hanging in there.

    Florida winter weather is funny, and can vary dramatically depending on where you are in the state. If I remember right, you're in Central-ish Florida--I don't think it will really cool off at all until November (Thanksgiving), and it'll probably be hot till December. Even when it "cools" off in the morning, it will probably warm up good and proper in the afternoon, so foggy breath in the morning could still mean short sleeves and shorts by the afternoon. If it feels cool in the morning, wear layers you can peel off. Jeans, though--that's a tough call. I used to wear jeans to school in the Fall (in the Sarasota area, so a bit south and west of where I think you are), so it's hard to say what would feel good for you:-/ Hope that helps a bit!

  8. My prayers are with you, your Dad and family. It is never easy when Dad's are down. Been there, done that. I just hope and pray that you feel all the support you have coming your way.


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