The Comeback Kid!

@Corbin5 (102611)
United States
September 14, 2017 11:04am CST
My dad, age 96, was receiving hospice care for about 4 months. Hospice care was suggested due to Dad's anemia and his kidneys not doing well at all. I did thank those professionals kindly for the hospice care, but I knew Dad would not require hospice care for long. A few folks do so well with hospice care, that discontinuing hospice care results. Yep, my dad no longer needs hospice care, but if he does in the future, Medicare will pay for hospice care again, and again, and again, thank goodness. My dad is "The Comeback Kid." 1. Enemy fire to Dad's fighter plane in WWII caused the canopy of Dad's Hellcat to break apart. A huge broken-off piece of the canopy slammed into Dad's head. Despite blood streaming down his face, Dad landed that plane on the first aircraft carrier he could find, not his assigned carrier, but land he did. After 10 days in the hospital, Dad was good as new. 2. Dad beat bladder cancer at age 88. He drove himself to chemo and radiation treatments, and he did not lose his hair. 3. Dad fell, at age 90, in the Walgreen's parking lot and broke three ribs and his clavicle. Dad got into his car, drove to my house, and said, "I think I hurt myself." Dad recovered nicely due to my insistence we go to the ER. 4. Dad contracted severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a serious form of pneumonia at age 94. The doctor told my sister and me our father was "going through the dying process." I told the doctor, "You do not know my dad very well do you?" Dad recovered nicely from SARS too. 5. Dad is no longer in need of hospice care, and he was sharp as could be when all his children visited him the other day. He felt great and enjoyed the company of all family members. Yep, I think my dad will be here for quite a while.
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• United States
14 Sep
He is a jewel Deborah, a true survivor and hero. I love your dear Dad. Bless him for many more years too!! He truly is a miracle man.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He really is. He always rallies, that's for sure.
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• United States
14 Sep
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@cacay1 (32741)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Sep
@TiarasOceanView ,his dad is a very strong man and lucky for God bestowed him long, long, long life.
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@LadyDuck (151499)
• Switzerland
14 Sep
I also think he will be here for quite a while, just like my Mom, they are unbreakable.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, your mom and my dad really are remarkable.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
16 Sep
@LadyDuck I am sure you still miss your wonderful father. I wish your dear mother the very best.
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@LadyDuck (151499)
• Switzerland
16 Sep
@Corbin5 I miss my father every day. I love my Mother, but with my father it was different. Surely because we were so similar.
• United States
14 Sep
Your dad is remarkable and I'm sure he'll be around for a long time. I can see you celebrating his 100th birthday
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
I am thinking he will make it to his 100th birthday. Go Dad!!
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• United States
14 Sep
Wow - you come from good stock! That's amazing and how wonderful!!!!!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, Mom lived to age 92. My mother-in-law is age 90 and sharp as can be. And with Dad being age 96, I told our son he is so very lucky!!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Sep
thats just wodeful about youir dad I am 90myuself He sounds amazing so hardy
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He does recover from all he has endured. How he does it, I do not know. He has not lost any weight either.
@kobesbuddy (43449)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Sep
What a beautiful story, about your Dad landing his air craft! My father was stationed on Okinawa for a year, right at the tail-end of WWII.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, your dad was one of our wonderful heroes too!!! God bless all who sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom. When he landed on the wrong aircraft carrier, those waving him away were furious at him, until they saw all the blood.
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@kobesbuddy (43449)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Sep
@Corbin5 Thanks God, he didn't pass out, from loss of blood!
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• Preston, England
14 Sep
your dad sounds a remarkably brave man
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
I believe he is a brave fellow. He sure does not give up easily.
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• Preston, England
15 Sep
@Corbin5 good job or he would surely no longer be there for you
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@Courtlynn (64159)
• United States
14 Sep
Wow, he's one tough cookie!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He really does amaze all. He really has the best medical care around, and I think that makes a big difference in how long a person lives too.
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@Courtlynn (64159)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 maybe!
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• Philippines
15 Sep
Your Dad we definitely in the company of heroes no doubt about that. He's strong and you should be thankful that he's strong enough to live to this day.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
15 Sep
I am so grateful Dad is still around. He was in the Philippines and he loved the people of the Philippines. Dad went to great lengths to protect all.
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@GardenGerty (97870)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes, and getting his kidneys back functioning will make him sharper mentally.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
15 Sep
I never thought of the kidney thing, but you are so right. We were amazed at how much sharper he was the other day.
@Macarrosel (7573)
• Philippines
14 Sep
Wow! You're dad is surely a good man because God always protect him.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
I think God is protecting him too.
@SonjaRae (4895)
• United States
15 Sep
What a heart warming story to read! Thank you @corallevang for suggesting this discussion! I feel like my sister has the same fight that your Dad does! I look forward to another 30 years with her, sharing stories, laughter and good times!!
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• United States
16 Sep
Xoxo
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@SonjaRae (4895)
• United States
16 Sep
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
16 Sep
Wishing your dear sister a very long life, my friend!!!
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
14 Sep
I hope your dad will be around for quite a while. He sure sounds like a fighter!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He sure has staying power. Thank you for your kind wishes.
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@DianneN (75945)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 I know he is hard to handle sometimes, but I know you love him.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
@DianneN Yes, the love for a parent, despite the parent's flaws, is very strong.
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@RubyHawk (23203)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 Sep
You have a strong dad. I hope you have him for a long time.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
15 Sep
Thank you. Yes, he sure is a fighter.
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@RubyHawk (23203)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 Sep
@Corbin5 Some people will not give up the ship and your dad is one of them.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
15 Sep
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@amadeo (63701)
• United States
14 Sep
wow that is awesome.He is a rock there.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He is quite amazing in that he can come back when things get rough.
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@amadeo (63701)
• United States
14 Sep
@Corbin5 this is what I need to comeback.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
@amadeo You will, my friend!!!!
@Platespinner (16515)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Sep
That's quite impressive!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
He impresses us and medical professionals too.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Sep
@Corbin5 Somebody HAS to keep the medical profession on their toes!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
19 Sep
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Sep
Holy Moley! Your Dad is one tough man. I am so happy he has overcome so much and could enjoy a visit with all his family members! I wish him continued health.
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
15 Sep
Thank you for your kind wishes. Dad really is pretty tough.
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Sep
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
14 Sep
Oh wow! Your dad has been blessed and must have some nice angels looking out for him. I am so happy he was sharp when you visited. A blessing!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Dad really does have staying power!!
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@FayeHazel (17093)
• United States
15 Sep
@Corbin5 That is fantastic!
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@garymarsh6 (13369)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep
We would say he had the constitution of an ox. Good on him and I hope he has a few more years left in him yet!
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Yes, he boggles the minds of the medical community, but hope he keeps on boggling for many years to come.
• Jacksonville, Florida
14 Sep
Wow, he sure is a survivor! I hope he has many more years ahead of him. =)
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@Corbin5 (102611)
• United States
14 Sep
Thank you. He really does amaze the doctors, that's for sure.
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