My Dad Lived to Walk Me Down the Aisle

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 31st Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2s_i8gbl/
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As I celebrate my wedding anniversary I am especially glad for my husband and my father.

Uncertainty

I wasn't sure my dad would live after the neurologist told us the risks involved with necessary surgery.There was a 50/50 chance of death. My mother made the gut-wrenching decision along with family support to proceed. It was the only hope we had.

What Happened?

Dad had suffered a serious brain trauma as a result of a fall he sustained at work. Other than a bruised ego, he thought he was fine. But later on he knew something was wrong. After a visit to the doctor he was admitted to the hospital for further testing. Emergency surgery was scheduled for the next day.

Church Members, Neighbors and Friends

As word got out about surgery we were buoyed by the loving support of church members, neighbors and friends. After we gathered around him and let him know how much we loved him, he was whisked away into the surgery room. We all returned to the waiting room lifting our prayers to the Lord through tear-filled eyes.

Receiving Good News

After what seemed like an eternity we received news that the surgery was a success. We were overwhelmed with gratitude. The first thing he asked after he was in the recovery room was, "Hey, where's everybody at?". Because he was put in the intensive care unit, he could only receive visitors from immediate family members for a few moments. Naturally my mother was the first to see him. It wasn't long before all his children, relative and friends saw him too.

Here Comes the Bride

And now as I celebrate another wedding anniversary I can only thank God that he was alive to escort this "Daddy's girl" down the aisle. I had a back-up plan in the event that his health prevented him from doing so. I was determined to push him down in a wheelchair if need be.

Two Broken Legs, a Hip and Knee Replacement

In the past 20 years my father has suffered two broken legs, a hip and a knee replacement. Currently he is receiving rehabilitation services for his most recent break. For a 93 year old man it is proving to be quite a challenge.

While he may never regain full use of that leg again he knows he will have family and friends walking alongside him just like he did for me on my wedding day.

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Brain Surgery, Brain Trauma, Death, Elderly Relatives, Father, Head, Head Trauma, Mother, Neurologist, Rehabilitation Services, Sickness, Walking Down The Aisle, Wedding Anniversary, Wedding Day

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Touching tribute and a loving post for your dad, Lee. These moments make our lives worth the while - siva

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva,

I'm grateful to have him here with us. I honor him for the good father that he has been.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Lee, thank you for sharing such a heart warming story about your family. Beautiful pictures. I'm going to pray for your Dad.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy

I appreciate the comment and would most definitely welcome the prayers on his behalf.

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author avatar Bill Harbin Jr
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Great tribute story to your Dad while you can still enjoy life with him.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Bill, I am savoring every moment that I can.

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author avatar Mariah
6th Aug 2014 (#)

You know what they say.."you can't keep a good man down" your dad sounds like a trooper
so pleased for you that he was able to walk you down the aisle on your wedding day.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
6th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah. I count myself blessed beyond measure.

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author avatar Annette Robbins
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Beautiful story, Lee. I could feel the emotions in your writing.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Aug 2014 (#)

It is indeed emotional for me Annette.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Beautiful Lee!!!

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author avatar Lee Hansen
7th Aug 2014 (#)

D the beauty comes from knowing that my father is still alive although challenged with health issues.

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