Wednesday, October 15, 2014
My dad turned 87 on October 8th. He has had a tough time dealing with Parkinson's, skin cancer and now pulmonary fibrousis. He has been able to get around in the house okay using a cane on and off. I always have told him we would do all we could to let him live at home. We signed up for Hospice support just a few days ago, had hospital bed, walker and wheelchair coming. Then fate raised it's ugly head. We went to Dad's home and he had fallen in his bedroom and couldn't get up from the floor. It happed that the hospice nurse was there too. He was in too much pain to move so we called 911 for the ambulance to take him to the ER in Toasket. Then it was worst case stenario ... He had broken his hip. He was transported to the Omak Hospital for surgery. It ended up he had a total hip replacement. A huge shock to an already frail body. Today he is tired, weak and groggy. PT has been in to get him up and around, not too successfully, he's eaten a little. I talked with the Dr tonight and the prognosis isn't real hopeful.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The next morning we were on the water by 7am going to Mike's chosen hole...the Hatchery Hole. He fished there for most of the morning getting a few bites and loosing one when the line broke. Finally at around 12:30 he caught his first salmon on a spoon lure he was casting in an effort to try something new. It didn't disappoint. It fought hard and it took about 15 minutes to get it in by a perfect netting job by me. I was so afraid I was going to knock it off the hook and loose it for him....whew! It was nice fish! We got back in around 4pm.
On Thursday morning Jessie drove down to join us, he was there by 6:30 am. The river was steaming as we headed to our hole, a lot more boats on the water too. Mike caught the first salmon, then Jessie then Mike then Jessie again. They each caught 2 nice ones! It was a fun day. We all headed back to Cashmere so Becky could go fishing too and I would stay home with Emma & Molly.
Of course Pepi and Lucy came too