Saturday, February 2, 2013

A Day in the life of my Dad

Susan needed to go to Chico to see her family so I got to spend a couple days with my Dad.
I think this is the first time I slept under the same roof as him since 1974!
So I got to see what he experiences just about every day.

His new wheel chair goes in so much easier than the last one that he had since September.

Look at all the leg room I get in the back seat.

Off to Physical Therapy. NOT his favorite place to be.

 These pictures may not look grueling but it was. 
It was hard to watch Dad working so hard. And for a full HOUR.
 But then I had to remind myself that my Dad has always done hard things. 
He's tough, and he's a survivor. 
It wasn't that long ago that he set out to run across the US.
Running about 50 miles a day and sleeping on high school gym floors with my Mom.

And it wasn't that long ago that he ran 35 marathons (15 of them in Boston).

He never complains. Just does what he has to do.

 No rest for the weary at home either.

No sense suffering along with him. 
I went off the dining room and had breakfast. 
I felt like I was eating in a really nice hotel.

Sorry about what's on the screen there. 
I thought I had a picture of the stock market which he spends hours on everyday.
Usually with phone in hand.

Backwards Day @ the home. Interesting to see some of the way people dressed that day.
 Some of them really get into this. Like in high school.
 That's my new friend Annette. If you want to know anything about this place just ask her. 
She knows it all. 

 The next day it was "RED" day in honor of the American Heart Association and the 49ers.

 Susan got back last night and surprised him during dinner!
 The best part was seeing these two light up as they were reunited.


Karen Mortensen said...

Thanks for this post. Your dad is one of the most amazing people I know. Can I come and eat at his house?

Anonymous said...

Wow. I hope all the physical therapy helps him stay strong and able. When we lose our muscle, life is much worse. I see they understand that there. The stock market? Is he still making trades? That will keep his mind sharp! And what a story about his marathon history.

Richard said...

Thanks for that...really interesting to see and read about.

grandmapeg said...

What a trooper your dad is. That therapy is definitely very hard. The breakfast looks delicious! How were the lunches and dinners?

Scrapally said...

He is very inspiring. that physical therapy does look like hard work...and I know the PTs often get abused by their patients, obviously your dad is not one of those...he has a great attitude! thanks for sharing!

nrozier said...

Thank you for this post! I love seeing grandpa and Susan's new home. It looks so nice.

LaDawn Hall said...

What a great post! It's nice to see his day in pictures. Thank you SO much for filling in so my mom could join us for a day. It was so special having her here.

Ammy said...

I saw this quote the other day and LOVED it! "Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change". - Tony Robbins I have used it in my "losing weight" journey. I think everyday since I saw it, I have seen an example of this....and your Dad is another example. PT is probably so hard and painful, yet he does it for change! This post made me cry...another testament that I need to make a change!!! THANK YOU!!!

Sue said...

What a resilient person he is! A great man and a great dad.


Lisa said...

Gives one a whole new appreciation for the noble ones in our lives. He's always been a CHAMP. That look on Susan's face speaks volumes. Enjoyed this post immensely!