An Update on Dad!

January 1, 2013 | 6 comments

Friends, Thank you so much for praying for Dad.

He continues to be hospitalized at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Festus, Missouri. He will receive a pacemaker for his heart on Thursday. Mom and Dad, and some of our other family, were headed to Tennessee a few days ago to watch the Iowa State Cyclones in the Liberty Bowl. They stayed overnight in a Missouri hotel on the way down to Tennessee. That night, Dad had a fainting spell. He has been having dizzy spells with more regularity over the last few weeks. But this one ended up with him falling in the hotel room. His head got pretty banged up in the fall.

Dad spent a while in the ER, and then the doctors sent him to ICU after an EKG pinpointed more problems with his heart. We are so grateful that these doctors have found the problem, and that it has a solution.

The human body is such a delicate thing, isn’t it? And sometimes, I forget that Dad is mortal. To me, he will always be the big man with long strides who would hold my hand all the way to the church. Every night, he’d carry me up the stairs to bed, “like a sack of potatoes.” He would come home from the Co-op with that double-circle embroidered on his work shirt, then shoot hoops with me on the driveway. And now, in later years, we enjoy having Dad here helping us on the farm, and we love getting “flippity” (our word for silly) while walleye fishing on Minnesota lakes. We look forward to making more memories, after he recovers.

It’s moments like these, where I’m inclined to get a bit sentimental. Dad is going to be okay. But these brushes with our mortality help all of us remember how precious life is. Thank you, God, for this indescribable gift …

(And I guess I’ll always feel like Dad is something bigger than life, even when he’s hooked up to IV lines in a hospital room.)

by | January 1, 2013 | 6 comments


  1. Kris

    So thankful to hear he will be ok, continuing to pray, Jennifer!

  2. Jan

    Jennifer – I came here via Twitter because it resonated so deeply as this has been my life exactly 1 month today as my dad has been in the hospital for that amount of time. My husband and I drove my dad to the ER on Dec 2nd and today, Jan 2nd he was moved to a “step-down” unit from the ICU, but is still in ICU. He is 78 and had a life threatening double pneumonia. He was sedated on a respirator for 20 days & finally “woke up” on Dec 27th. I’ve learned so very much and the journey has been hard. I’m a daddy’s girl at 55 years old and this “brush with mortality” as you so beautifully wrote has been so painfully precious. Wow – I hope it marks me from now on. To live fully in the moment, to pray more, love more, forgive all.

    Love your blog –

  3. Lynn Morrissey

    This is such good news, Jennifer, and right here in Missouri. I know he will be getting good care. So glad that things worked out as they have, and praying for his full recovery!

  4. Karen

    I am glad your dad is doing better and will pray for a complete recovery…my dad is one of those “bigger than life” role models, too…so I know – firsthand – how it feels to see them helpless and weakened…

    Life is indeed a wonderful gift…and how privileged we are to be able to entrust the lives of our loved ones to our heavenly Father…knowing He will hear our prayers, and honor our requests….

  5. Dionna

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dad but so glad that it seems as if they can give him the help he needs! It is so hard to be miles away from family at times like this. I hope you will be able to see him in person soon – so that your heart can feel better, as well. 🙂

  6. Lori Poppinga

    About 9 years ago my dad had similar spells. He had a pacemaker put in and has been doing well every since. Praying for your family as you go through this, for the doctors to have wisdom in healing, and for your dad as he adjusts to changes in life.
    Keep up the God work.


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