I went to the hospital first this morning to visit dad and see how he was doing. Frances was in the ER with mom until 2am this morning before she was finally moved to a room. Frances did not get home until 4am. Dad’s fluid weight has gone down though his creatinine levels are still elevated. He was supposed to get up and try to walk today with PT. I left at 11 to go to work. Frances took the day off to make phone calls concerning assisted living places then went over to see mom. This afternoon she visited a couple of places.
Right now, I need to be at work as much as possible. We have several big things going on that I need to be there to handle at least through tomorrow.
It rained all day yesterday and this morning. The sun came out midday but the clouds rolled in again late this afternoon. We’ve had roughly an inch of rain so far.
Frances took the day off from work to take care of my mom. She has been getting progressively worse the last few days with her cough and being very weak. Frances took her to the doctor this morning who promptly sent her to the hospital.
I worked my day as usual then left at 4:30 for a haircut appointment. Frances called just as I arrived home to let me know how things were progressing. They had been throwing all sorts of antibiotics at her infection in the ER but with the large number of patients waiting to be seen and moved to beds they was still in the ER at 6pm. I advised Frances to go run her errands, go home, get something to eat, and then take whatever mom needs back to the hospital later this evening. They will take care of her in the ER until they can move her to a bed.
In the meantime I have been on the phone with dad’s nurse, doctor, and social worker getting updates. We are trying to get a list of places to put dad when he leaves the hospital other than the horrible place he was before. Depending on how mom recovers they both may have to go to assisted living places to get better. So, now we have both parents in two different hospitals.
House cleaning chores this morning. I need to finish cleaning off my desk and pay some bills.
Just talked to my sister. My mom is not doing too well. I suspect she may have another infection. She has not been feeling well the last week or so. That along with all the stress of my dad’s illness is taking a toll on her. And, with mom and dad both not doing too well right it is also taking a toll on me and Frances. There are times when I think I could get in my car, get on I-40 and just start driving west. Children who opted NOT to help care for their parents if they had the opportunity or parked them in nursing homes so as not to be bothered is just hard to comprehend. There are exceptions to the rule where the parents were not very good and did not provide a good life growing up. At least when my folks do pass away I will not have to sit around saying “I wish I had…” because I did and so has Frances. And, we are not the only ones doing this either. So, we will keep going and get through this no matter how hard it is.
It’s a chilly, windy, raw day. The rain is moving in this afternoon with highs only in the 50′s.
Another marathon night in the ER with dad. I finally sent Frances and mom home at midnight. They had to go by the apartment first then mom went home with Frances. They finally assigned dad a room at 1:30am. I went on up to his room with his personal belongs and to talk with the nurse. When I left at 2:15am he was still not up to his room.
Bob had finally fallen asleep waiting on me but, of course, woke up when I got home. It was well after 3 by the time I finally fell asleep. Bob got up at 8 with Colin, I slept until almost 8:30. After reading the paper and eating breakfast I took off to run errands. This afternoon I drove over to the apartment to pick up a couple of things for dad and to head over to the hospital.
The doctors are not sure if he has pneumonia again with his lungs so full of fluid. Both his home health nurse and the nurse last night mentioned aspiration pneumonia may be causing all these episodes. Dad was awake when I arrived at the hospital around 2:45 this afternoon. I talked with both his doctor and his nurse about his condition. Right now things are sort of on the fence. He could get better, well enough to go to a rehab facility or get worse and go to hospice. We will just have to wait and see.
It was cloudy, windy, and very chilly all day. Now the sun is out and while it is still windy, it has turned into a fairly nice evening.
It’s been a long week on both the work and home front. I stopped by the library and grocery store on the way home then mowed the lawn while Bob had a casserole cooking in the oven. When I came in from mowing Bob said Frances had called. Dad had fallen while trying to get in her car at Creekside. He was okay but very weak.
Yesterday morning Frances had mom at the doctor to run some tests so Marcy stayed with dad. I talked with Marcy this afternoon. She said dad was pretty weak yesterday. Mom told Frances she had a bad time with him last night, I guess getting him up and down.
I called Frances and insisted she call 911 and have them take him back to the hospital. This progressive weakness from Wednesday to today indicates something physical is going on and will only get worse.
So, I will shortly be taking off for the hospital, most likely until the wee the hours of the morning.
I am reading on my Kindle the 4th book in her Barbara Marr series, Saturday Night Cleaver, by Karen Cantwell.
Still cool and cloudy. We have had very little sunshine this week but the grass continues to grow…rapidly. I went to the Y again tonight.
We have been watching Little Men based on the book by Louisa May Alcott produced back in 1998. It only ran for two years, 26 episodes.
Frances and I met at the nursing home last night after work to pack up dad’s belongings and take him back to Creekside. I spent the night with them just to make sure dad was able to get around by himself.
This morning he had a 9:30 follow up doctor appointment with his family physician. We discussed medications, etc. and the doctor removed his picc line for the IV antibiotics. Dad is having the usual issues associated with CHF. A fine line between kidney function and keeping the fluid off. The doctor reduced his fluid medications for a week when I take him back next Tuesday for more blood work and see where we stand. It by almost noon by the time we got back to Creekside making it 12:45 by the time I finally arrived at work.
I worked until 5 then took off for the Y. After a warm day yesterday it turned off cloudy and windy this afternoon.
This morning I ironed then did the usual weekly house cleaning chores. We left around 11am to go over to Frances’ house so Bob could get her printer and Skype working on her new system. I left him there and drove over the the nursing home to check on dad. They had called earlier to let me know had been sick and was not feeling very well but that he was okay otherwise.
When I got there he was sleeping so I talked with the nurse a few minutes then left to go back to pick up Bob. He had successfully fixed the problem and was waiting on me.
All day we’ve had either drizzling or a steady hard rain. Hopefully it will wash all the yellow off everything, out of the air, and off the trees.
Kit stuff for Bob this afternoon.
Bob and I took off this morning to Pet Smart and Lowe’s. Bob needed stuff for the kits and we needed fluorescent tubes for the basement. Many of them are the original ones from when we installed them well over twenty years ago.
Last weekend we had our annual bulky item pickup by the city to haul off junk. The scavengers keep an eye on where the pickup is each week and troll the neighborhoods for stuff. If they did not leave such a mess going through the stuff it is actually a neat way to recycle things others do not want. I always save a few things to put out the city will not take but I know someone else will. This year I put the round cement edgers from the small flower bed in the front. I am converting it to grass like I did the other small bed on the same side of the yard.
This morning when we got back from running errands I leveled the dirt, seeded, and fertilized the area in hopes we do get the rain promised for later today and tomorrow. I also added more dirt and seed to the patch I did a few weeks ago. I put top soil and seed in a few other small bare spots as well. Hopefully the yellow pollen season is about over with.
This afternoon I will work on kit stuff for Bob.
I am reading the next and most recent David Handler mystery Snow White Christmas Cookie featuring Mitch Berger and Des Mitry.
We are currently watching Copper and Titanic: Blood and Steel. Both are very good. Titanic is the story about the building of the ship by White Star as opposed to the story of its sinking. One of the main stars, among others, is Derek Jacobi one of my all time favorite actors.
I worked from 8 to 3:30 today taking a half hour for lunch so I could do the grocery store run and mow the lawn.