Monday, January 10, 2005

It has been a very busy past few days! Friday my FIL had surgery. He had a hernia repair and some colon removed. That was a very long day...............he didn't go in for surgery until 12:30, but they didn't start until 2:00, he got out at 6:00 and was in recovery until about 8pm. We left the hospital about 9:30 after we found out how he was doing. He is a 72 year old man with a young person's organs, he did really well. Then we left there and stopped at Outback for supper, Austin was so tired, he began falling asleep at the table. We got home about midnight. While I was at the hospital I got to see some of my ex co-workers. Tracy Stroup, one of the nurses that I worked with. We gave each other a BIG hug and then I saw Chaplain Larry Cooper and he called Diane, the Pastoral Associate and got us on the phone together. It was so nice to see and talk to some of my friends again! Chaplain Cooper told me that he had put my book on a list of Reading Rescources there at the hospital. That made me feel good! Saturday, we headed back up to the hospital about noon. Allen's sisters Debbie and Donna are here from Northern Illinois to help out for a couple of days. They traded off staying with Mom in the hotel room and their Dad in the hospital. Barb and Sam, some friends of theirs came to visit briefly. Then Courtney called. She is Allen's step-daughter from a former marriage. She is 13 now and her Mom and her do not get along. So she was all upset and wanting to come and live with us. It is a very sad story. Sunday was another long day at the hospital. Debbie left about 10:00 to head back to Illinois. Donna is going to stay a couple of weeks and help out until Allen gets a week of vacation starting on the 19th. I will be so glad when all of this is over.
Take care and God Bless!

Love Always, Tracy


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