11 July 2007 by Published in: General News 9 comments

I fly back to Philadelphia tomorrow morning. There are some business things that I need to handle for my father–I have his power of attorney–that have to be done during normal business hours, so I’m out of here tomorrow at 9:15, which means that the dogs have to be boarded again. With my friend Chris’ help, we will take them to the boarding place in the morning, and then he will drop me at the airport. Susan and I will then drive back on Sunday.

My father continues to improve. At this point, he’s out of danger. Even the neurologist, who’s used to seeing this sort of thing all the time, has been terribly impressed by his progress. He sat up in a chair for a couple of hours yesterday, and was able to feed himself all three meals, albeit with his left hand. He’s now able to raise his right arm over his head and to move his fingers. He’s also got some more range of motion in his leg. He still has trouble speaking, but he’s now able to string a few words together. He’s doing well enough that they will be moving him from the stroke unit to the rehab unit later today. The jury is still out on whether he will ever be able to come home, or whether he will have to be in a nursing home for the rest of his days, but considering that the stroke was just a week ago today, he really is doing extremely well, better than any of us could have hoped for.

Jennie, of the American Presidents blog, tagged me yesterday. Normally, I would be happy to oblige and play this silly game, but I just don’t have the time or inclination right at the moment due to circumstances, so I deleted her comments–callously placed in two places, right where I made the first two posts about my father’s illness–and left her a comment letting her know that I was declining the tag and declining to participate. I’m all for having fun, but there’s a right time and a right place, and putting these two comments in the least appropriate places possible really didn’t sit well with me. Jennie, maybe next time, you might read the posts where you’ve placed your tags and consider whether they’re appropriate. Please allow me to suggest that a post where I’ve just gotten done discussing my father’s near fatal stroke is neither the right time nor the right place for frivolous silliness.

Again, thanks to everyone for all of the many statements of support and good wishes. They mean the world to me.

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  1. Rick Allen
    Wed 11th Jul 2007 at 10:46 am

    Eric, very glad to hear of the good progress! My continued best wishes!


  2. Brooks Simpson
    Wed 11th Jul 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Take care … all of you.

  3. David
    Wed 11th Jul 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Eric, that is great news. We keep pulling for your dad. Make sure that you take care of yourself as well. Billy Yank

  4. Wed 11th Jul 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Glad to hear your father is doing well, Eric. Hopefully, he will continue to improve.

  5. Lanny Thomas Tanton
    Thu 12th Jul 2007 at 12:48 am

    Dear Eric,

    I continue to pray for your family–for your Father’s complete recovery, for you, Susan and your Mother–and to give thanks to God for His grace in your Father’s recovery. Shalom, dear friend.

    Best wishes always,

  6. Thu 12th Jul 2007 at 9:45 am

    Have a safe flight today, Pard, and I hope Joseph continues to improve – perhaps he will be able to come home after all.

    You and Susan will truly deserve that break later. Hang in there and keep the faith.


  7. Rob Wick
    Thu 12th Jul 2007 at 11:10 am


    My wife works in rehab and the one thing that remains constant is that those whose medical conditions allow have a better chance if they maintain a “can-do” attitude. From what you’ve described, it sounds like your dad has that and then some. He sounds like an exceptionally strong man. Good luck.


  8. Thu 12th Jul 2007 at 11:51 am

    I’m sure you know that you and your father are in the thoughts and prayers of all who have read your posts.

    I’m sure that with each day, you’ll see improvement.

  9. Andy
    Fri 13th Jul 2007 at 12:13 am

    Eric, I will keep your father and family in my thoughts and prayers. I am gald he is doing better. I thought about you today and your recent post about the battles at Haws Shops and Enon Church. I stopped at Enon Church today as a matter of fact. I think the idea of a book on the cavalry during Grant’s movments across the Pamunkey would be a great addition to the literature on the Overland Campaign. From my research more then a few of those soliders in the infrantry realized the great contributions the Union Calvary made to the army’s ability to move south almost unopposed.


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