He's mostly the same since July. We all had lunch together and he opened his eyes for a bit and smiled when he heard my voice and name.
Deb appreciated that I dedicated the book to my mom and dad and their subsequent spouses. She told me my dad would have been proud, which kind of got me. Then she said, "You've done all this, everything, all by yourself."
That's not entirely true, but it's how it feels sometimes, and I almost kind of lost it.
Here is the book's dedication:
To my mother and father and Ed and Deb, who taught me to work hard, think critically, laugh often, and not be such a jerk all the time.