Friday, October 3, 2008

Thankful....


Russ has been doing a series at Apostles about being grateful (itunes podcasts). Little did I know my family would quickly get its own personal lesson.

My dad had to have emergency surgery on Wednesday night. He had had symptoms of food poisoning but it was not getting better. After several back to back trips to the doctor he was rushed to the hospital for a catscan. Then rushed into surgery. He apparently had a kink in his lower intestines. Completely random...there is nothing that really causes it...just a freak thing. The incision is made from his sternum to his navel, therefore making this one of the toughest recoveries. Josie and I are now in Dacula at their house and I spent part of the day with dad yesterday.

It is amazing that after all that and many drugs.... my dad still acted like my dad. Telling me to be careful when I was moving a chair in the tiny room, continuing to say that we almost had to leave him there (inferring he almost died) and of course acting like he is sleeping but then jumping into conversations.

I have always been thankful for my dad. If you know him you know the list is really long of how amazing he is. But then on the other side a lot of times I feel like I have such a treasure in being his daughter because I get to see his tender-hearted side most often. (Dad is a successful businessman and very intimidating upon initially meeting him.) When I left my dad yesterday I told him that it makes me not feel as sad when I leave because I know how tough he is.... (he was a marine, has only had one knee cap for 20 something years... never complains, etc.) he responded... and don't forget "tender-hearted." How could I forget?!

I love you daddy!


9 comments:

Stacy said...

OMG Kristy....I will have to tell mom about your dads surgery! Please tell him to get better soon! Oh and Hi to your mom too!

L said...

We have been praying since yesterday...that is just what 'family' does! Love you all and glad to know that he is doing better. I know that my dad is too...let me know if I can do anything for you...watch Josie, clean, cook, anything! Libby

Reeder Family said...

I am in tears as I read your sweet post and thought of your tender hearted daddy!! We are praying for him and the family! Please let us know if you need anything at all!!
Love you!
Melissa

Suzanne said...

He sounds a lot like my dad - former Marine, very intimidating...but us girls get to see that sweet side! My brothers still dog me for that (being able to woo my dadddy!!). I'll be praying for a quick recovery. Glad you were able to be with your family.

Laura Hayes said...

I read about your Daddy's surgery on Kevin's blog this morning. I was so surprised and concerned. He is such an amazing man and everyone knows his commitment to the Lord. We are praying for his recovery. That incision sounds painful. Our love to Frank and Joan.

Danny, Jennifer, and Tyler Watson said...

Your dad will be in my prayers, as will all of you. I hope he has a quick recovery, and I am so glad that all of his family is nearby to lend helping hands.

I'm sure your dad would have plenty of bragging on you to do if he could have at this blog for a minute! He has a million reasons to be so proud!

The Marlatts said...

Oh dear! We will pray for a speedy recovery! Daddies are superheros, I think. I am a big fan of 'em.

Josh and Donna said...

glad to hear he's healing well, your fam is in my prayers.

Kelly Ford said...

I'm so glad he's ok! We are praying for him... I know its devestating to see something happen to your daddy!