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Old 02-15-2012, 07:48 PM   #11
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Stay strong, Laurie. You know we're here for you.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:03 PM   #12
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You know how I feel for you, your Dad and for Tony. Don't forget Tony will be hurting, too! Love you guys and my prayers are with you!
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #13
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Thanks, everyone. You don't know how loved I feel reading your replies.

The care coordinator has arranged for someone to sit with Dad from 9 pm to 7 am because this is his worst time. He is constantly getting up and down in bed (sometimes every 10 minutes or so) and needs help for both. They say once my sister or I have left for the last visit of the day he goes into panic mode. At least if someone is there, he may get some sleep.

I will be getting a tour of the hospice unit tomorrow, in case this becomes an option. They are going to run some blood work and a couple of xrays tomorrow but these are just to see where everything stands at the moment - not because they believe he can be treated.

I am exhausted and going to spend a quiet night with my hubby and pups. My Violet won't leave my side - she is Dad's dog as well and it is as if she knows.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #14
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Will they allow the dogs in to visit him, Laurie? Violet may need to go see him, too! It would be good for both of them.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #15
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Great idea, PF.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:46 PM   #16
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So sorry you are going through this. Having been there myself in the past with both my parents I do understand what you are going through.

The dog visititation is a great idea if it can happen.

Sympathies to you and your family from my family.

Stay strong for now and do what needs to be done.

Your DC family will always be here for you when you need us.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:45 PM   #17
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Violet has been up twice to the convalescent care unit where Dad is now. Last time was Monday and she lay at his feet or put her head in his lap. I will have to ask at hospice when I go tomorrow, but there are dogs and cats all over that place.

I am wondering if she is moping because she DID see him feeling so unwell, but they are old soles and I am sure future visits would do mutual good for them.
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Old 02-15-2012, 09:59 PM   #18
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Dogs are very perceptive, Violet understands what's going on at some level. Spending more time with your Dad at this time would help them both.
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I'm so sorry to hear this Laurie. I have never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, but you know how I feel about you and him.

I know what you mean about him not being the man who raised you. That was exactly what we went through with my dad when he got sick.

We are praying for him, and for you and Tony. Give my "boyfriend" a kiss and hug for me and let him know that someone in South Carolina loves and is praying for him.

We love you sweetie. If you need to talk, you know where to find me.
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(((hugs)))

Good vibes are being sent to you and your family. Hang in there.
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