Laissez les bons temps rouler

My father had a stoke a decade or so ago.  He was 80 yrs old and swimming at the YMCA when it happened.  He was a little too old to recover although he tried his damndests.  He worked hard at getting better and stayed hopeful most of the time.   He was in and out of the hospital with aspiration pneumonia I don't know how many times.  He broke his hip and ankle while in the process of rehabbing from the stoke.  He fought back from all of these obstacles life through at him.  Finally he got a deadly blood infection they believed was caused by an untreated urinary track infection. His blood was septic and his organs began shutting down.

I had been camping for the weekend and when I arrived home there were several messages from my sister saying Dad was in the hospital and it didn't look good.  His Doctors had, on several occasions, told us he wasn't gonna make it but he always pulled through. so as you can imagine we were usually very skeptical .  Theresa specifically said that it wasn't  Dr. Batts saying it this time but an ICU doctor.  I hurried  and jumped in the shower . Quickly heading up to the hospital.  My dad was laying awake in bed when I walked in the room.  It was just me and him.   I held his hand and asked him how he felt.  He said "OK."  (He never was one to complain)   Then he asked me what my shirt said.  I had put on a T-shirt that I had gotten in New Orleans and the words " laissez les bons temps rouler. was written on the front."  I said to him  " It says Let the good times roll in French "  He smiled a big smile and laughed as he pushed his head deep into the pillow.  Shortly after that he fell asleep.  That was the last time we ever spoke.  He lied unconscious for 8 more days before he passed away.   

I think I wore that T-shirt one more time after that.   I folded it up and put it away for a keep sake.  Then years later knowing my daughter Missy was due to have my first grandchild any day.  I washed the shirt and had it ready.  When I got the call that the her labor has started I put on the t-shirt as a way of having my Dad with us in the delivery room.  Having grown up with 6 brothers and one sister my Dad loved girls.  He would have been head over heels to have known Kaleah  and Kai too of course.  So  LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL.

 



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2009-11-29 18:54:36
Deedles said:

    

Tamara Fahlgren - you have turned into quite the story-teller.  You told it perfectly.  It is one of my favorite stories about you and your dad. You are right- he would have LOVED Kaleah and Kai because they have such spunk and pizazz like their Grandma and Great Auntie Tressa. I cried reading this.  I have lots of funny memories from our sleep overs at your house when we were little.  Your dad was such a quiet man and had such a sweetness about him.  I know this sounds mushy, but I am SO proud to be your friend.  I LOVE your blog, it is perfect and it is very much "You".  You are just like your dad, Tami- real, honest, good, genuine, with a twinkle in your eye.  Your dad would be so proud of you and your family.  Love ya




2009-11-28 14:45:00
sislavigne said:

    

This was a very nice story- I loved your Dad- He was so mellow-but with a twinkle in his eye. I love your blog you are on a roll now- You will be famous in 6 months. The paparazzi will be all over you like you are the Queen of Canada.




2009-11-25 15:23:22
Missy said:

    

 Mom you just made me cry. Grandpa was such a wonderful man. I miss him so much, and you are right he would of loved the kids more than anything.




2009-11-25 15:10:36
luke said:

    

Well told Tami - very touching.


Wish I could of gotten to talk with your dad at some time - he sounded like a pretty interesting guy. 




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