Friday, April 29, 2011

Wedding Schmedding

So.

One of the effects of Dad's stroke has been the inability to speak.

Much.

He can get out the rare "Yup" or "Nope" - not much else.

Don't worry - this isn't going to be a whiny "strokes suck" post. (Although they do. Hard.)

This is going to be an "even under the duress of a massive stroke, Tut rocks" post.

Last night, as I was getting ready to leave the hospital, I said, "I'll be back early tomorrow morning, Dad." He smiled at me with the look of love to which I have become addicted. He seemed to be in good spirits, so I decided to play.

"We can watch the royal wedding."

His smile faded a little bit.

"We can talk about the dresses and the flowers..."

Now he was almost`grimacing...

"...and the hats."

He gripped my hand and said, clear as a bell, "Uh uh!"

So happy to hear his voice, I kissed his face.

"Don't worry. We'll watch the golf channel."

He released his grip, smiled, and closed his eyes, confident that the next day would be more about putters and less about princesses.

8 comments:

5thsister said...

And I hope it was just that!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Hah, it's great to keep a sense of humor through hard times. My dad has just entered hospice care because of a bad heart, and he seems to be relaxed and joking a great deal of the time. That has set the tone for the rest of us.

Cheryl said...

So glad he was able to communicate his disdain for the hats. Although, the little I saw on the news was hysterical.

Pam said...

I think it's a good sign that he is able to get his point across, even though he has trouble speaking. Not to mention that he still cares enough to be sure his opinion is heard.
Go, Tut!

Sandy said...

Sweet. Sounds promising.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Okay, that gave me a very big lump in my throat.
I'm glad you two haven't lost your sense of humor.
xo jj

elastamom.com said...

Thta is very sweet.

scrappysue said...

i'm so sorry to hear about your dad, but at least he hasn't lost his sense of humour!