Daddy is sick

Discussion in 'Help From Above' started by bhambulldog, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Dad has left the Hospital and is at the nursing center.
    I'll stay at Mom's tonight and drive her to church tomorrow in the Roadmaster. Then, we'll go over and see Dad.
     
  2. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thank y'all :cool:
     
  3. 1967GS340

    1967GS340 Well-Known Member

    Very glad to hear that he's doing better.
    Very good news. Now, time to look after mom too.
    With all the stress someone is going to need to make sure she's eating and sleeping enough.
     
  4. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Absoulutely! I'm at Mom's now. I went to the grocery yesterday for her and got a bunch of fresh fruit and other stuff. My sister in law brought cooked meals over, every night this week.

    I've been spending most nights at Mom's and Dad's for most of the past two years. My in town brother spends three days a week at their house as well along with his son. He's a Mister Mom
    Another brother is down from Boston and staying at Mom's for the weekend. He just came back from visiting Dad. While he was there the therapists had dad walking up and down the hall with no assitance! (they had a tether around his waist to catch him from falling).
    His therapist is actually an Occupational Therapist, one that prepares patients for going back to work.
    So, we'll be hoping and praying this first week of therapy goes well. Things are looking a lot better than they did on Tuesday.

    :pray:
     
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2011
  5. kent.gardner

    kent.gardner Well-Known Member

    Prayers continue:pray:
     
  6. BUICKRAT

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    Glad he is doing better, prayers for a speedy recovery!
     
  7. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks for your thoughts! We are taking it one day at time.
     
  8. Matt S

    Matt S Matt

    Prayers coming your way!

    Matt
     
  9. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Matt,
    Thanks for that.
    Dad had a little set back tonight. They took the catheter out today. But, they had to put it back. Dad's bladder is not voiding.
     
  10. smokum

    smokum Well-Known Member

    James, I wanted to suggest giving your dad certain fresh juices to aid his kidney function. My wife is big time into juicing (making fresh juices from fruits and vegetables), and we've seen many positive results in her and in other people we know just from drinking the juice of certain combinations of fresh (organic) fruits and vegetables.
    Organic is important because in some cases the pesticides and other chemicals used in the cultivation of mainstream, non-organic fruits and vegetables can just about un-do the beneficial effects of the fruits or vegetables.
    For kidneys in particular a couple of things are really good: asparagus, celery and cranberry.
    Do you have a Vitamix by any chance? If not, a good blender can work. You can take fresh organic asparagus or celery and mix it with organic grapes (to sweeten it) and blend to juice consistency. It tastes much better than it sounds, trust me. Juice is better even than just eating the fruit because it makes it more digestible and easier to get into your bloodstream.
    The key is fresh organic fruits and vegetables (not processed, because processing kills the beneficial nutrients).
    Here is a really good website on juicing and which fruits and vegetables help with which parts of the body:
    http://www.juicing-for-health.com/asparagus.html

    Problems can totally be helped and even reversed, no matter how old a person is if they get some good fresh nutrients in them and plenty of clean water.
    Hope this helps!

    --Chris
     
  11. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thanks for that information Chris. Very useful, I'm sure.

    Dad's situation has certainly made me re-evaluate my diet. I've cut way back on salt, for one.

    I haven't updated in a week, here is the latest;

    The rehab facility has helped Dad get stabilized. The problem was the with the bladder. His bladder can't void, due to enlargement of the prostrate. The back up was causing the kidneys to lose function. With the catheter, the bladder is emptying. The kidneys are better now. But there is a danger of infection.
    A less positive note, his energy level and cognitive abilities are much lower now, due to his heart failure. His lungs are not receiving enough blood, so that the blood can receive enough oxygen. Also, not enough carbon dioxide is being removed from the blood. All this despite, the administration of oxygen 24 hours a day.
    Dad can leave his room to go to therapy and for meals, but only with the aid of a wheelchair. And now, signs of dementia are beginning to show.

    It seems each step forward is followed by two steps back.
     
  12. Floydsbuick

    Floydsbuick Well-Known Member

    My Dad went thru that with the heart failure. He had a stage of the dementia you describe. Although his legs lost most their strength, his cognitive abilitys returned. I guess what I'm getting at is that maybe (I hope!) the dementia you see is temporary.
     
  13. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Dan,
    Thank you for those kind words of encouragement. The night I started this thread (two weeks ago), we didn't expect Dad to make it through the night.

    In 1963, Dad's appendix ruptured and developed into peritonitis. Dad cheated death that time and came home.

    So, hoping and praying for a miracle is not out of order.

    We're taking one day at a time.
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2011
  14. Ardeshir

    Ardeshir Well-Known Member

    We pray for him James,im really sorry to hear that.
    Unfortunately i was out of town and heard about that today
    He must be a warm and kind man just like his son,
    You are not alone,God always support good people.
     
  15. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Ardeshir,
    Very kind words. Thank you.
    And, thank You for the prayers.
     
  16. carmantx

    carmantx Never Surrender

    That is so hard on you. Keep up the spirit. We will pray.
     
  17. Ardeshir

    Ardeshir Well-Known Member

    Stay strong,we all pray for him every day.
     
  18. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Prayers are most needed and welcome. The kind words are bolstering.
    Thanks to All,
     
  19. Ardeshir

    Ardeshir Well-Known Member

    Hope every thing goes well,
    James please let us know if he gets better.
     
  20. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Thank you for your kind thoughts. Dad has left the rehabilitation facility and is now at a nursing care facility. The doctors are continuing with therapy , hoping to help him be self sufficient again.
    There is good news and bad news;
    Bad news, Dad is not better.
    Good news, Dad is not worse.

    So, we are hoping and praying that Dad will respond well to the therapy.

    Thank you again for your concern.
     

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