Saturday, July 3, 2010

it's about 6 PM right now. my dad is eating dinner in the third room he has been in since moving to the Rehabilitation Unit . . . which means we still get lost on this floor on a daily basis thanks to all of the relocating.
speech therapy has been very exciting for us; every day we see improvement and greater fluency in his communication abilities. he is able to read quite well, though it is a process that requires a lot of focus and concentration, and he can also write well, although not always the right words to express what he is trying to tell us. the other day the therapist helped him use a computer, maneuvering the mouse and beginning to type letters . . . it was difficult, but it got easier as he went along.
we play games together on a daily basis -- number games seem to come especially easy for him, so we play lots of cards and Yahtzee. my dad loves the sunshine, so we make sure to take him out for strolls out in the courtyard as well, which means we often stop for a dry decaf cappuccino for my dad as well, since the Starbucks is right by the courtyard entrance:)
after a CT scan yesterday, the doctors notified us that the bleeding had completely stopped inside my dad's brain, which was great news.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
--Ephesians 4:6-7


  1. It's so good to hear your GOOD news on your Dad, Maggie.

    Using the computer....hmmmm that could mean work for me...

    Have a nice weekend...

    Ronae Rose

  2. praise God maggie! i was gone for a week and barely had internet service, and i just got back the other night. i'm starting to catch up on all the blogs i follow! its so great to hear that your dad is doing MUCH much better! i'm still praying for him and your fam! i love you and miss you so so much maggie! i'm gonna try to give you a call this week sometime! :D

    ~flynnie <3

  3. Geoff- Can't imagine how you could ever have made so much progress without the support you get from your ladies! You were always the more determined one of us and clearly that hasn't changed through these many years. Fight your way back and know we are all praying our butts off for every ounce of courage and grace you can stand. You are a lucky man to have such strong women by your side.

    Maggie- we don't get many chances to have such a profound impact on the outcome of events and I have to believe you and your family's love and devotion are speeding him along to a recovery not possible without. How uplifting to read such happy news coming from such a scary time. Thanks for your great posts.

    Kevin Wilson
    Boy next door!

  4. To the Hathaway family,

    Thanks so much for sharing Geoff's are a pretty amazing family. All of us at Partners in Praise are rooting for you and thinking of all of you as you tread this path. I know that I don't have to tell you that you are so lucky to have one another---if anyone can recover from this, it is Geoff. Keep fighting the good fight,
    Patty McPherson

  5. Thanks for the updates Hathaways! We love hearing about Geoff's progress and continue to pray for you and rejoice with every step forward. Heidi and I were talking about how we would often see Geoff and one or more of his girls (including Janet) walking through Monte. We are praying and believing for the day when we get to see that sight again-what a treat that will be! We love you guys!

    The Braces

  6. Thank you Maggie,
    Most likely you won't be able to keep up with all the progress your dad is going to be making soon and in the weeks and months to come! I pray for continued strength, wisdom, and peace for all you special Hathaway gals!
    I Cor.15:58

  7. Thanks, Maggie, for your amazing blog. I've been praying since day one (all through an out of state vacation) and was anxious to find out about your dad's healing progress. How wonderful to find this blog and hear your voice through it. I especially love all the pictures of your dad. I don't know if I've ever met a more joyful man. I'll continue praying, you keep up the good work.
    Ann Wachtler