Archive for December, 2008

Watch the Neck

My dad was a “jack of all trades” and he mastered a lot of them. He was always interested in music and played a number of instruments – harmonica, auto-harp, uke, dulcimer and banjo. I don’t know where he learned to play most of them, but I know he took banjo lessons at some point. […]


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Dad: Gone

It’ll be my last entry on this particular thread because Dad passed away on December 15th while I was in transit to Johnson City, TN. Mom called to say that he had taken a bad turn and that although it was unclear what his prognosis was, it probably wasn’t long. I made reservations Sunday evening […]


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Dad: Could Be Better

This past week has been a really down cycle for Dad. A side effect of the liver treatment is loss of appetite and he has it in full bloom. They are tube feeding him now, but that has its own problems as the nutrition is not going where it’s needed and he’s ballooning with fluid. […]


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Dad: Better Signs

Perhaps a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy week of reports on Dad’s condition. After yet another night for Dad of restless sleep, low blood pressure and a racing heart, it appears his vital signs are headed in the right direction. Mom called to say that he was sleeping, that his pressure was up […]


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Dad: Treatment 2

The Dr put off Dad’s second treatment for a week to allow Dad’s body a bit more recovery time. During that interval we made the trip south to be with him, Mom and my brother for Thanksgiving. I’m glad we had that week with him now, since Tuesday’s treatment is taking its toll. He’s not […]


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