When Dad was younger (but not THIS young, ha ha! He's three years old here), he joined the Toastmasters Club, an organization for people who, basically, like to talk. Or want to be able to talk in front of a large group without fainting and/or wetting their pants. I think Dad really joined up for the camaraderie since he's a people person and has been a member of a HUGE number of social groups over the years. He's still a member of the ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out, so you can guess what they do when they get together), a stock investment club, his church's Grief Counseling group, and I think he's even honorary chair of the Women's Auxiliary at the retirement community he's part of! Plus I'm sure there's one or two groups I either forgot or don't know about, but all this is to say that Dad loves people, and they sure do love him back!
I spoke with him yesterday and was able to confirm what my sisters told me--he's completely back to normal mentally! That's the good news, but the bad news is that while he fought off a recent bout of pneumonia, he's just incredibly weak, so weak that he told me he couldn't talk long because he just can't sit up very long to talk on the phone. He also admitted that there was a football game on that he wanted to watch . . . . . . . .
He is getting physical therapy, of sorts--I think it's probably just enough to keep his limbs from atrophying from inactivity, but he is also determined to get out of the hospital and asked my sister to go buy him a leather coat since it will be cold when he finally says bye-bye to all his cutie-pie nurses.
Having lots of friends, a loving family, and a positive mental attitude has kept him going this long, and I want to also say thank you SO MUCH, GJB Fan Clubbers, for your thoughts and prayers.
I plan to end the year with a flurry of postings, so stay tuned since I'm also going to do a giveaway or two and OF COURSE I have to show off some of the fabulous costume jewelry I've been accumulating!
Hope everyone had a fun and filling Thanksgiving and I just know you're totally ready for Christmas, right?