Saturday, November 29, 2008

It's Been A Long Day

We've had a couple of long days. Let me back up to Wednesday and get you all caught up. Tuesday evening the doctor told Dad that he would be released from the hospital on Wednesday. We expected that he would have PT in the morning and then be able to go home after that. Wednesday morning a lot of routine tests and bloodwork were done. The bloodwork showed that Dad's potassium and magnesium levels were low. So the doctor ordered potassium and magnesium infusions via Dad's IV port. What we didn't know was that he ordered several bags that had to be given one at a time. When Dad was finally released, it was 11pm Wednesday night. Dad was glad to be home, but it was a little bit of a tough night. Dad needs a lot of care during the night.

Thursday, Thanksgiving, was a good day for Dad. His goal was to have Thanksgiving dinner at Andi's house. He was able to do that and really enjoyed getting out and seeing people that weren't wearing white coats. A long, but good day.

Dad did not have a good night Thursday night. He began losing a lot of fluid through his bag. His blood pressure began dropping and he slept most of the day on Friday which meant he was not taking in the fluids his body needs. Due to the loss of his colon, he needs to take in extra fluids. By Friday evening, his color did not look good and his blood pressure continued to be low. A call to the doctor was made and we were given the direction we expected, but did not want. Back to the hospital.

Dad went in through the ER and they immediately started IVs since he was becoming quite dehydrated. The decision was also made to do a blood transfusion since his hemoglobin had dropped 2 points since Monday. Dad was admitted last night. Our favorite staff physician, Dr. Dave, saw Dad come in and let the ER staff know that he was very familiar with Dad's situation and he wanted Dad assigned to him once he got up on the floor.

Needless to say, Mom is getting pretty worn out. Dad only sleeps 45 min to an hour at a time and needs help all throughout the night. Mom is a trooper, but everything is wearing on her. Please pray that the doctors will be able to get his output controlled so he won't be losing as much fluid and his vitals can stabilize.

Mom and Dad are so grateful for all your prayers. They have been overwhelmed with your offers of help. We are all thankful for all of you! Thanks for being there for Mom and Dad. They do need a lot of help right now and we couldn't get through this without all of you.

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