Monday, November 26, 2007


Last Monday, my dad was moved to rehab. Technically that means he was checked out of the hospital. When they checked him into rehab, he got a new patient number and everything. So he was officially no longer a patient as of a week ago today.

Tomorrow, he'll officially be no longer in inpatient rehab, either. He's coming home to my house and will be here (as a rehab outpatient) for two weeks. He'll have home-health-care workers coming by every so often, and then he'll go to his actual home.

This has been an exhausting experience and I'm ready to have it be over with. He'll be coming home one day short of the 5 week mark. He has lost about 20 pounds, and it is estimated the full recovery of his strength (if he ever does fully recover) will take approximately 3 days for each day he was in the hospital. That's about 15 weeks. So maybe by St. Patrick's Day.

But even if he's a skinny old weakling for the rest of his life, at least he's still alive.