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25 September 2008 @ 07:57 pm
Update 5  
A better day. Although dad slept most of the day away, including through breakfast and lunch, he woke up enough to interact with his sister and her husband when they visited. They are in their 80s and have issues with health, her blood pressure is out of control, he is deaf and has symptoms of dementia, they cannot take a very active role in his care. It is good of them to come when they are able.

Dad ate a bit at dinner, soup, custard, ice cream and some coffee (Coffee?!). A few hours later, he drank an Ensure. This is a really good thing, and if he eats more tomorrow, and the blood pressure stays controlled (157/70 was the high today!), he will be moved out of ICU, possibly Saturday. Then he will start some therapy, and we will see what our Next Steps are from there.

At the moment, I am looking for hospice care near me. It costs the earth to move a patient by ambulance, for a 400 mile trip it is right in the $8-10 grand area. Hopefully, I can take him by car, which would be much less stressful than flying, airports being what they are. I know I am having a moment of optimism here, but I miss my own stuff around me, my family, and even my job. McCorporation is being very good to me, and I am grateful for it.

Still not much movement on his right side, speech is difficult to understand, but not really slurred. Part of that is that he's not wearing his dentures. No, I haven't told him yet, but I think he knows it's not good.

Hug your loved ones if they are near.
Current Mood: draineddrained
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
hang in there
Hang in there sweetie! I hope you will be able to drive your Dad back up here. Keep thinking positive and let us know what we can do to help. Do you need help driving? Maybe 2 of us could meet you part way....
beadslut: LJbeadslut on September 27th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: hang in there
Thank you so much.Himself and The Boy™ are going to help me with the driving. You can keep sending good thoughts, those are helping the most.
(Anonymous) on September 26th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)

I hope you are using the resources available to you and your dad through the social services folks. They can do a lot of research for you, including working with their colleagues here in Minnesota. I found the staff at North Memorial (Crystal, MN) and St. Cloud Hospitals very helpful during hospitalizations and follow-up for my mom, brother, and my sister.

As you can, take moments for yourself. Breathing, napping, ...

Betty in MN
beadslutbeadslut on September 27th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Social services has been good so far. They are investigating the possibilities for me, and that's a load off my mind, what precious little of it there is.

Breathing, check, napping not so much. Eating, though, am paying attention to my food intake, and not living on Iced Coffee.

Thanks so much.