Thursday, February 23, 2012

Coming Home

I'm coming home
I'm coming home
tell the World I'm coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pain of yesterday
I know my kingdom awaits and they've forgiven my mistakes
I'm coming home, I'm coming home
tell the World I'm coming

Back where I belong
I've never felt so strong eh
feeling like there's nothing that I can't try
and if you feel me put your hands high, high, high, hey
and if you feel me put your hands high, high, hey

Every couple of months, I’ve been trying to get back home to see my father.  It’s been 10 months since he came down with bacterial meningitis.  He’s been in the hospital or an extended care facility for that entire time.  It’s been hard for me to be 375 miles away.  My older brother, my step-mother, and a few of my father’s brothers have bore the brunt of his care.  Still, I do what I can, give my step-mother a break when I can.

This past weekend, I got the welcome news that Dad was coming home.  There just wasn’t much more they could do for him at the extended care facility that could not be done at home via outpatient.  I was actually in Mobile this past weekend, and the entire family is very excited about this great news.  He still has a long road ahead of him, but we all know that Dad will be much much happier being at home, and it will be so much easier on everybody else to help with his care.

I put in two of my Trainer Road workouts last week before heading out of town.  I took my running gear with me, and figured I could make up my long ride sometime on Monday, after I got home.  Before I went to see my father Saturday, I got up and did three miles on the treadmill.  During that run, I finally came to the realization that all this working out stuff at this time was just BS.  I canned my 10 mile long run on Sunday and instead optimized my time with my father.

After driving home Monday, I took my gear with me to work, and put in 10 miles at Cochran Shoals along the Chattahoochee River.  The mini-taper gave my legs some excess energy, and I put in 10 miles at a 9 minute pace.  It felt so good to be out in the cool clean air, running on flat ground.
The plan for now is to take my swim test today (done!), repeat the last Trainer Road workout I did last Thursday, then pick back up where I left off this weekend.  I have a little ole 5K I’m planning on running this weekend, the annual Guns and Hoses 5K.  I planning on doing that one in my Vibrams.  We’ll see how it goes!

Have a great weekend, y’all!



LBTEPA said...

That's great news! :)

Molly said...

That's WONDERFUL news about your father!!!!

Good luck this weekend :)

Michelle said...

Great news about your dad! And glad to hear you ditched your workout to spend more time with him : )

Colleen said...

Hey Wes... that's great news about your dad! :) Keeping you all in my thoughts!

Carolina John said...

Good that he gets to go home, but I know it's tough being that far away from him. I have the same concerns about my parents now that we're living 4 hours away from them.

Smithposts... said...

Amen...home is better.

Lisa said...

awwww. it's nice that dad is coming home. so much more comfortable than a hospital.

Lisa said...

awwww. it's nice that dad is coming home. so much more comfortable than a hospital.