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Orville Howard Davidsmeyer, Jr., born November 30, 1922, died July 9, 2013. Well done good and faithful servant, well done.

I can’t quite comprehend a world without him. I will miss my Dad more than words can ever express.


Well, I’ve been at Hearland rehab now for a few days. Had a few little post-surgery issues, but doing quite well now. I confess, I’m so enjoying just being able to relax and re-coup. It’s so nice not having to worry about laundry or meals or any of the day-to-day. The staff here are nice. The rehab sessions are great except for one thing …. they ALWAYS schedule me for first appointment of the morning. Breakfast at 7:30 and rehab at 8;00, YIKES! I’m barely awake! I learned quickly that I needed to wake even earlier and buzz for the pain meds by 7:00, or they wouldn’t take effect in time for all the abuse I was going to get in the rehab sessions.

I’m amazed at how well I’m actually doing. I could walk on my own all the way to rehab on my first day here. And, of course, the rehab is all the way on the other side of the facility from where my room is. Granted, I wasn’t moving very quickly and was very, very glad for the walker. But I did it on my own. I’m even able to get myself out of bed and dressed on my own. Though, even with first-class pain killers, wow! Does it ever hurt!

Staff is very nice here. And they have some great social activities. Believe it or not, they had a wine and cheese social this afternoon …. hmmmm, a rehab facility that has cocktails. I think I can really enjoy this time spent recuperating after the surgery. Two glasses of wine on top of pain killers. Happy days!

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