We left town very quickly last Thursday, after learning my father-in-law had been found unconscious. He was in very bad shape, in fact the first phone information was that he had passed. Thankfully when the EMT arrived and moved him, they discovered a very faint pulse. We drove over, and my sister-in-law caught the first flight available. The drive seemed to take days. I guess that's normal when you don't know what you'll find when you arrive. We were just praying he would still be alive.
Over the next few days, it was back and forth. A couple of the doctors and staff were so negative, advising to prepare for the worst. One kept asking, "Is he always like this?" Really? My husband wanted to say, "Well no, he isn't generally unconscious." but he refrained. Usually Pete is very active. Takes care of himself, his home, his garden, visits with friends and occasionally goes to dinners at his church. He drives to the grocery and to appointments. He is very conscientious about his health. He eats right, keeps his weight down, exercises. I should take a page from his book!
It was such a joy and relief when he started to speak, and we knew he recognized us. Very quickly we could see he still had his sense of humor. It may be a long road to recovery, but he seems to be well on his way. We will be making frequent trips over. We did a lot of cleaning and organizing for him. Some repairs and upgrades will need to be done to make it easier for him when he comes home. For now, we are grateful that he is doing so much better and that he got the second chance we prayed for.