Stuck in the '70s

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Would you believe?

Quick update. Dad was released from the hospital Tuesday and readmitted Wednesday. Dadgummit! I hate to see him so sick like this. But, he still isn't strong enough to take care of himself at home, and I can't be there all of the time due to the harsh reality that I need to work to pay the bills.

Anyhoo ... I still hope to update the site this weekend, and finally get out the Halloween decorations! October is sure slipping by quickly.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Dad's release

Hey y'all!

Good news -- Dad is being released from the hospital today, three weeks after his surgery for cancer. It seems like it's been a helluva lot longer than that to be sure. He's still very weak, but he's also very anxious to get home. I'll take off work part of the day today to deliver him to his home about 45 miles away from where we live. I talked with Aunt Phyl and brother Bob last night to tell them the news. All the thoughts and prayers have really helped.

Now, with Dad on the mend, I should be able to do some of the things I've been meaning to do, including updating Stuck in the '70s. I've gotten lots of good links and ideas from youse guys, so I'll be adding those soon. If you think of any more, don't hesitate to write to me at

Stay tuned to the site for holiday memories!

Have a nice day!

Friday, October 08, 2004

Family Matters

I am happy to report this morning that Dad is finally improving and moving slowly on the road to recovery after his surgery Sept. 28 for bladder cancer. There's been some trouble regulating his heartbeat, and with blood clots, low blood pressure, etc. I think they're finally getting that lined out. He's eating solid food and finally getting up a bit and taking some steps with the help of a walker. We don't have a clue as to when he will be out of the hospital. He's still in PCU (Progressive Care Unit) right now, but there is some rumbling about moving him to a rehab-type wing before too long. It did my heart good to see him up and eating biscuits and gravy and bacon this morning before I came in to work. Thanks to everyone's prayers, I think he's gonna do all right.

In other news, I've been looking at some other blogs. Check out He's a guy, same age as me, born and raised in Peoria, IL, my hometown. I enjoy reading the stuff about the area "landmarks" and such, although I couldn't possibly care less about the politics. To get away from the politics and hear another Peoria woman's thoughts, visit Pam is a chick with whom I can identify! But, my VERY favorite blog to read is Prison Pete's. Check him out at He'll give you an insight to our lovely federal prison system and what it's like to live there. Interesting stuff indeed; and it doesn't hurt that Pete is a genius with a good sense of humor.

Take care, and have a good weekend!!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Dad update

Well, I just wanted to give a little update on Dad's condition. He underwent surgery for bladder cancer last Tuesday, Sept. 28. He is doing fairly well and was moved this past weekend from the ICU to something called the PCU (Progressive Care Unit). They are having a hard time regulating his blood pressure and heart rate, so he is unable to get up out of bed much to build up his strength.

Aunt Phyllis Fidler from Chillicothe, IL, came down to be with us last week and spent nearly a week here in Arkansas at Dad's bedside. She's one cool and truly caring lady. Her husband, the late Carl Fidler, was my Dad's brother. It was good moral support to have Aunt Phyl here during this trying time.

I know in my heart Dad's going to recuperate -- it's just very slow going. All of your continued thoughts and prayers are honestly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who has shown support. It means a lot to this '70s chick!