Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saying the Lord's Prayer With My Dad

My dad went back to the hospital Sunday night. He had fallen three times at home, and had a fever again. It turns out that last time he was in the nursing home, someone forgot to give him his antiobiotics, and his infection came back.

I went to visit him last night.

At first he was a little confused and hard to understand. He didn't remember my husband's name, and his voice sounded kind of funny, although I can't explain how. We talked a little, and then a doctor came in to examine him.

I also called my mom, and talked to her, and had dad talk to her as well. I said that we were planning Thanksgiving. (We're ordering it this year; I need to pick up the stuffing.)

He said he'd like to get out of the hospital for Thanksgiving. I'm not sure if it's a good idea, but I know how he feels.

It was evening, after supper, when I visited, so I asked if he wanted to pray.

We prayed the Lord's Prayer together.

Then I said, "You taught it to me, you know."

"I know," he said.

13 comments:

CJWille said...

Oh, Diane, there's so much he's taught you....it would make a great reflective post. Please consider sharing.

Lauralew said...

Oh, Diane, this is wonderful. I'm sorry your dad became ill, but it is great that you can discuss cool things like the Lord's Prayer together.

Elaine Dent said...

Thoughtful and lovely.

Fran said...

What a beautiful thing "I taught you." He sure did. Oh Diane, so many prayers and wishes for a good Thanksgiving, in whatever form or fashion it takes.

DogBlogger said...

(((Diane)))

Magdalene6127 said...

Prayers, Diane.
I go to visit my own 88 year old dad this week.

Rev SS said...

((D)) You and your family are in my prayers

Lindy said...

What a wonderful moment of clarity. I'm glad you had that.

Another beautiful post.

Jennifer said...

((Diane)). Thinking of you and your dad and your mom.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Blessings on you and your family for a sweet Thanksgiving.

Mompriest said...

I spent a Thanksgiving in the hospital...and this year one of my good friends is spending it there...sometimes that is just what we have to do...I will hold you and your family in my prayers and special intentions....

Grandmère Mimi said...

Diane, I know all of this is difficult for your dad, your mom, and for you. Your dad is on my daily prayer list. I'll add you and your mom.

What a beautiful story.

Diane said...

Thank you, Mimi. I appreciate all of your prayers.