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10/3/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to Peter's site. We are glad you are here to help us along the way.
Here is how we came to this particular juncture of life whether we liked it, wanted it, or not.
It was August 14 the night we share our annual St. Alphonsus chicken dinner at the G's; a family dinner tradition shared for many years now. Before dinner, Daddy took Justin around the neighborhood, the very same street I rode around as his little girl, for a bicycle ride. Justin was very excited since Justin he was riding his bicycle he just received for his 7th birthday.
Little did we know one bicycle ride would be so life changing. Daddy had the unfortunate circumstance to be unable to avoid his neighbor's boat on the street and struck the bow of the boat on his bicycle. He was fine at the site but taken to the emergency room, treated for 13 broken ribs, vertebrae protrusions, and stitches for a cut on his knuckle.
He was in the hospital for a little over a week and after coming off the epidural for pain relief he revealed some unlikely behaviors. This led us to a stay at Levindale while the doctors worked to control Daddy's unexpected combative behaviors. We thought all was going forward until his combative behaviors returned when he was discharged and transitioned to Copper Ridge a dementia facility with a great environment where we felt he would come back even in the smallest way to us.
However, we are now at the crossroads of facing a much more challenging battle along with the harsh reality of losing Daddy a little bit at a time to a horrible medical condition no one wishes for anyone.