Saturday, January 05, 2013

Update on My Dad

My dad had a biopsy yesterday on the tumor in his bladder.  It was not good news.  It has grown from the size of a quarter to the size of a softball since August.

The doctor is going to discuss things with the oncologists and come up with a plan.  There is a possibility that they can go in and remove the tumor but we won't know until next week if that is going to be a viable option.

My parents are both tired and my mom is very sad.  But they are hanging on to God and He is walking them through this.

My dad was able to write his life story for his grandchildren and presented it to all of us at Christmas.  It was so cool to read the stories--many of which I have heard--but some I had not.  We also spent some time reminiscing about my dad's sense of humor and the jokes he had played on people over the years.

My mom came into the room and said, "Yeah....he pulled one on me last week at the hospital."  They have just started going to Cleveland Clinic for treatment, so all the doctors are new to them.  They have a doctor named, Dr. Stein.  My dad told my mom that Dr. Stein's assistant's name was Dr. Franken.  My mom, not expecting a joke from a very sick husband, thought nothing of it.
She came back from lunch one day and asked my dad, "Has Dr. Franken been in to see you yet?"
My dad gave her a look and then started laughing.
There is no dynamic-duo-doctors named Franken Stein.

We all went into gales of laughter imagining the look on the assistant's face if my mom had actually addressed him as Dr. Franken.

The little kids are completely impressed by my dad's ability to take a handful of meds in one gulp.  They all cluster around to watch the spectacle. 
My dad always says, "Down the hatch!" 
And the kids all chorus, "Down da hatch!"
They find this mesmerizing.

Here are a series of pictures of the morning event.
Getting ready to watch Grandpa down his meds.

"Need any help, Grandpa?"

This is truly fascinating.

"Down the hatch!"

"Good job, Grandpa!"


Sharon said...

This is so nice to have your dad's life story to bring back so many fond memories and happy times. I feel so bad for your mom. Hopefully the doctor's will come up with a plan. We will be praying.

Shelly said...

Continuing, sweet friend, to pray God's mercy and grace for your mom and dad. v

Kim K. said...

I'm wiping away tears. Your dad's sense of humor is fantastic. I'm sure it's much needed during this time. Please know that I'm praying for your family, Karin. Such sweet pictures.

Jean said...

Praying for your sweet dear father AND mother!
What a treasure to have his life story!

LOved the pics!

Praying for you, too.

Susansweaters said...

beautiful family - praying for grandpa

Tesseraemum said...

Praying for your family.

Your kids need to keep such a treasure for a long time!

Praying for healing. Sheri

Cindy said...

Looks like HUGS from his grandkiddos is the best medicine!
Praying for your Dad and all your family.

James, Dawn and Family said...

Oh how i love children's simplicity of amazement. How wonderful it is to have them suurounding you during this time. It a great reminder of GOD's love for us. sending huggs