Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Update on Vestal Estes (Part 8)

Today is November 11th, 2008. So much has happened since we entered the hospital with dad on September 30th that it is hard to grasp the monumental trip we have made. We have watched dad go from death's door to being on track to make a very good recovery.

One week ago today I brought dad home from Oklahoma City. He had spent 36 days in the hospital, which seems like an eternity. I want to mention the hospital staff who cared for dad. From the custodian to the surgeon, and from the dining room cooks to the physical therapists...everyone was just great. It seemed that they all took a liking to dad as he would be kind to them and cut up with them, even though he was in much pain.

Being at home has been good medicine for dad. He has enjoyed the familiar surroundings and the environment where his friends can come see him. A couple of nights ago, dad slept in his own bed for the first time in more than five months. He has been in such terrible pain (prior to the surgery). Although dad still is on a lot of pain meds, we see him getting stronger. He is now able to get up by himself and walks short distances with a walker.

You should see dad when he stands up! He is now taller than I am once again! He looks so good! I didn't know if I'd ever see him standing that straight again. The doctor tells us it will take a full year for him to recover. We are on our way and we are more than willing to work with him for that year until he is back to health. He has much life to enjoy. God has heard our prayer, and by His grace we will watch dad make a full recovery.

Thanks to all of you who have called, prayed and cared for us during this time. You will never know how much it has helped us. Feel free to give dad a call some time. He would enjoy a short visit from his friends. (479-524-4265)

May God bless you,