My Dad- Sir Galahad

I’ve always been a daddy’s girl. He’s my hero. Always. He’s like Sir Galahad who was known as the perfect knight. He has proven yet again that he’s indeed a knight this past few days. This last little bit over a week or so has been very tough for us as my mother, who is usually the life of the family, has been acting a bit odd and distant. She also has been scaring both my father and me. I started noticing a problem on the Sunday before last. I asked her on the phone what was going on and she said she thought her new medication was making her woozy.

Things got worse over the week and she seemed at times not to know where she was. She was out of it at my son’s graduation. Seemed lost. My dad tried to get her to the doctor but she wouldn’t go. My aunt who is an RN came down for my son’s graduation party and I asked her if she thought my mom had had a stroke and she said maybe. She agreed something was wrong. Well, dad got her to the doctor by force and indeed she has had a stroke. Interestingly, it seemed to get worse once she got to the doctor. She now can’t use her left hand and can barely make a sentence. Her mouth and face are also affected.

I’m wondering if they could’ve prevented this had she gone in sooner. My dad tried and tried to help her. He’s always been a rock and been there for her and I can see how good he’s taking care of her right now. I think he’s super awesome and I’m blessed to have him for my father. I hope and pray my mom will be okay with the speech and physical therapies but I know even if she has a long row to hoe, her personal Sir Galahad will be there for her.

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14 Responses to My Dad- Sir Galahad

  1. jeff salter says:

    wonderful tribute to your father, Jillian.
    And I certainly hope things go well with your Mom’s health.
    As you know, my own mom was in hosp. this past week … for 3 days of eval. after we noticed her slurred speech. Hers’s was T.I.A. & drs. say that usually (tho not always) precedes a more involved stroke.

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    • Thanks Jeff. I knew about your mom and am glad they acted fast for her. I’m very upset with my mom’s dr as he didn’t even admit her when he got results of CT. I’ve been trying to get her to change drs for years. Very frustrating. I hope your mother is well on the way to recovery and thank you for the good wishes for mine.

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  2. danicaavet says:

    I’m always in awe of couples who are there for each other through thick and thin. Your dad sounds like an amazing man. I wish you and your family all the best in these tough times. You know y’all are in our prayers.

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  3. Tonette says:

    I will keep your mom and all of you in prayer,Jillian; please let us know.
    I understand, my mother was stubborn although she knew things were wrong, too…AND I am having a great deal of trouble understanding many doctors’ attitudes myself.
    Your dad sounds amazing! I am jealous.
    Hang in there!

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    • Thanks Tonette. What’s really frustrating is that my mom worked for a dr for 34 years and if it was anyone else, she’d have nagged them til they got to the dr. Of course, she was so out of it, she wasn’t thinking straight. It has been very scary with her having such a vacant stare.

      Yep, I got the long straw in the draw for fathers. He’s a winner.

      Thanks for the good wishes.

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  4. Darlene says:

    Your family is in my prayers. Glad she’s getting medical treatment now. They can do more and more to treat stroke patients these days. My friend LeAnn is doing great and working towards her master’s degree after having one a few years ago. As for Dads you can count on those Galahad’s to be at their best when everything else is at the worst. Your family certainly is blessed to have him.

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  5. Laurie Ryan says:

    Oh, no, Jillian! I’m having trouble wrapping my head around this. There’s just been too much lately, you know? I know you have to be so grateful that it didn’t get worse that it is. I’m so glad your mother is getting care now and therapy (physical and speech) should help. Your father definitely deserves the Sir Galahad title. Kudos to him for not taking no for an answer. And your mother is on my prayer list. All of you are. I hope she regains some of what the stroke took away from her. And if there’s anything I can do to help, just give me a shout out.

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    • Thanks Laurie. She’s really not gotten any help. She went to neuro this morning and they ordered an MRI as doc wants better look at what going on than CR showed. So, more tests before any help. I’m very frustrated. And yeah, I can’t wrap my head around it either. The more I hear about my mom’s GP, the madder I get. He seems to be a pill pusher and not a true dr who wants to actually examine the patient. My dad had to force him practically to examine her. Dr was asking her questions that call for one word answers and dad said, “ask her something that requires a full sentence to answer.” When dr did, dr THEN had her get on exam table, shined light in eyes and said, “yeah, her pupils are nonresponsive.” Then he sent her for CT. Geez. Thank God my dad went back in the exam room.

      Thanks for the prayers. She needs them.

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  6. Lavada Dee says:

    Jillian, I am so sorry to hear this. I’ll hold you and your mother and father in my prayers. Please keep us posted. We’re so far away but you’re close to my heart.

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