Update on my dad Thanks everyone again for all your thoughts and prayers. My dad had a rough day today, it looks like he was a bit depressed when I went to see him earlier this afternoon. He sleeps a great deal, and I don't like to wake him up. In fact, I went yesterday, and watched him snore for about 45 minutes, didn't have the heart to wake him. His speech has improved somewhat, but the doctors figure he's about as good as he'll get, at least we can understand most of what he says. He still gets frustrated, since the circuitry from his brain to his vocal cords have been damaged, meaning that it's very hard sometimes to say what is on his mind. The long term prognosis is not very good, he'll likely never walk again, at best, perhaps a wheelchair or motorized scooter. Me and my brothers told him we'll hotrod it for him. His right side paralysis has not improved, nor is it likely to. The most basic things we men take for granted, he cannot do. Dad has never liked beards, and has never grown one, but his whiskers were growing wild until today. Today I gave dad his first shave in two weeks, wore out two blades. I think he really appreciated that. On a personal note, the past 12 days have been very tough, I didn't sleep very well for most of them. Getting back to normal now. I haven't worked since May 22, Thankfully my employer(s) are very understanding. Looks like I'm going back to work later this week. My mother also came to visit dad, (they divorced in 79), and both were glad for the time they spent together. Mom has no more animosity toward dad, and I'd like to think that dad feels the same way. My brother Ron from Calgary AB also came for a week, and he and mom spent lots of time visiting dad. As for me, all the past disagreements I had with my dad have suddenly evaporated, and I feel relief and sadness at the same time. Relief that my dad is still alive, sadness that we allowed negative feelings to fester for so long. I'm also thankful that I have a mulligan to repair my less than stellar relationship with him. I'm continually reminded of the song "In the Living Years" by Mike and the Mechanics, which pretty much sums up my relationship with my dad up until May 22 of this year. I have been telling dad that I do love him, and today he replied in kind, which brought tears to my eyes. Sorry for the long read, and I'll keep posting periodic updates. Thanks again for your caring and concern, my family appreciates it greatly.