Lloyd Gordon's Journal
Busy as a farmer during harvest season!
Written Oct 21, 2013 8:32pm
Dad is still getting better and better each day! His walking is looking more natural, sitting is less uncomfortable, dexterity is getting much better, and even his hand-eye coordination is improving. It will probably take at least six months for his brain to compensate and get used to seeing out of only his right eye. He and my mom have switched spots at the dinner table so Dad can see everyone better. He is frustrated that writing is difficult (dexterity, vision, and coordination) because he wants to write thank you cards! Although he can walk well, he still needs a cane or scooter if he is going far or will be up for long. Dad never liked missing his lunchtime nap but now he needs 2 or 3 a day! Between naps, home therapy, visiting people, and having visitors, he and Mom are busy bees! Just in the past week and half they have gone to Mass, trustee meetings, an Engine Club luncheon, helped press apple cider, deliver milkshakes to combining farmers and they even made a trip to my house in Cuyahoga Falls to take Matthew to Boo at the Zoo!
The upcoming few weeks will only get busier as Dad is now healthy enough to travel more to doctors’ appointments and therapy sessions. My parents are loving visiting with people and getting the chance to thank everyone in person but please make sure to call to check availability. We appreciate your understanding and continued support! :)
Making Great Strides
Written Oct 11, 2013 9:14pmDad is doing phenomenal! He is walking well and without the need of a walker! Tonight was the first time I (Rachel) have seen my dad walk, let alone run! Yes, you read correctly - run! I was busy in the kitchen with Mom and I turned around to see Dad walking. I told him to slow down because I wanted to go give him a hug, but he ran away! I had to chase him and corner him in his bedroom! Of course by then we were both laughing and we ended up about in tears talking about how amazing it is that he can move like that at all, let alone so soon!
His trach was removed on Wednesday and is healing well. His mouth is too since having his jaw hardware taken out a couple weeks ago. We all stay positive about his progress but he does still have quite a bit of discomfort. His ribs are painful and he has difficulty finding a comfortable position. Speaking of ribs, Mom was going over paperwork and found that we were wrong about his ribs - he didn't have 8 broken ribs, it was 12!!! Yikes!
This afternoon my parents visited the staff at Metro's Trauma ICU. They were so glad to see and thank the wonderful people who saved Dad's life. I'm sure they were happy to see them as well - and under such good circumstances! No one at the hospital really believed he would make it. But I think it's safe to say they underestimated themselves, and definitely Dad! :-P
Afterwards, Dad has a swallow evaluation - and passed! He is now able to eat anything he is comfortable with. He won't be chewing on a steak anytime soon but he's on the way. We enjoyed a delicious spaghetti casserole and cookies to celebrate!
Just in case this isn't enough good news for you, we recently received a beautiful letter in the mail from Red Cross. Thanks to our absolutely amazing friends, family, and community, a total of 171 pints of blood were donated in honor of Dad! Because this blood can be split up into separate units of platelets, plasma, and red blood cells, these donations are helping 513 local patients in northeast Ohio! Good work everyone! We are so thankful and proud of all of you and hope you understand how important your donations are. Our Dad wouldn't have survived without blood donors and he is now thriving with the help of your love and support!
Dad is doing great!
Written Oct 6, 2013 8:15pmMark and Lynn here. Tonight we had dinner at mom and dads house. Every time I see dad I am so happy with how he is doing. His voice sounds great and when he calls me on the phone it takes me back before the accident when he would call just to say hey. When we walked in the house, dad was walking down the hallway all on his own--Of course he was holding onto the wall. He probably should be taking it easy, especially this late in the evening but we know dad wants his world back more than everybody.
Dinner was great and really resembled a "normal" Gordon dinner. Dad joked around and ate his blended food. Overall the prayers have been answered and dad is really making great progress on week 9. His trach is bothering him still, the lips are numb and his good right eye's vision is still trying to get back to normal-- It is still blurry. His endurance is progressing and so is his strength. Hoping to get cleared to stop having occupational therapy come to the house this week as dad is doing awesome and can work on those things on his own. Again, overall he is doing great.
We want to thank everybody for their continuing support and prayers. Anybody who doesnt believe in the power of prayer has to after seeing and hearing about dads progress. Our Lord IS listening! Dads only request is to pray unceasingly!