Monday, February 20, 2017

UPDATE ON MY DAD

Look at him eating a McDonald's burger! 
He has had some very hard days. He has been frustrated in himself and all he wants to do is go home. The photo is from a recent outing to see the surgeon who operated on him. My brother in law decided to stop and treat him to a burger. 

He has been retaining a lot of water and has been very congested for about a week. The medications were not helping. The problem is that they had been getting him out of bed early each morning and putting him in the wheelchair, however he often sat in that chair all day long. 

So recently it was suggested by my niece that he lay in his bed after his meals with his legs elevated to help relieve the swelling. That worked like a charm. I know myself that if I sit at a machine in a casino for hours on end my ankle will swell. 

So now his ankles are back to normal and his chest congestion is going away. He does have Congenital Heart Failure and his kidneys are slowing down. However, he is actually being released to go home on Thursday. 

He is ecstatic! 

All of the details haven't been worked out yet and I'm not sure what he can and can't do on his own at this time or if he will actually be able to live alone. Right now the important thing was to get him back home which is going to make him very, very happy. 

I do plan of flying to Florida to spend about two weeks with him in the near future so I can help out. Also a big thank you to my sister Darcy and brother in law Bob for spending time with him everyday in the rehab center. 

23 comments:

Ann Thompson said...

Good call on your neices part. Is she a nurse? Getting out of the hospital and being in his own home should make him feel much better too

G Dazeez said...

Prayer that he continues to improve and live the best life possible. My mom is 87 and still loves alone and does quite well. I am blessed that she only lives a mile from me so I can be visit almost daily. The distance must make your worries even greater.

Chatty Crone said...

I am so glad they figured something out - does he wear compression hose or did I ask you that already? I know he will be excited to come home. I am so glad he is better - and he is a good looking man! sandie

Carla from The River said...

Yay! Good News!!
I will continue to pray.
Love, Carla

Mevely317 said...

He looks so good, Debby! Both his going home - and your coming out to visit - sounds better than any medicine in the world!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

My dad since the accident needs to sleep like that to help with all the extra water. I'm so glad it's helping him.

Being in his own home will make him feel so much better!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That makes sense about the ankle swelling. Glad he is doing better!

sharon said...

Sending prayers for continued improvement 🙏

Little Penpen said...

So happy for your handsome dad!! Those eyes!!!

Vee said...

They left him in a chair all day? What incompetence! It is so frustrating. Very happy that he is doing ever so much better now. He does seem to be enjoying the burger!

betty said...

That will be such a great boost to him I think to be home among his own things! I hope he can be able to live there on his own or with help coming in throughout the day. I bet he enjoyed that hamburger and fries so very much! Thanks for the update!!!!

betty

Mildred said...

So thankful that your dad is better and that he is going home. May the Lord continue to bless him.

Mara said...

Hopefully once he gets home he will recover better. Klem

Sandra said...

going home is fantastic news, he looks wonderful with his burger.. home is healing and I am a homebody.. Prayers for all of you while deciding what he can and cant do..

Cathy said...

So glad he is going home. He looks like he is enjoying his burger.

Rebecca Jo said...

So glad things are improving but its so frustrating that your niece is the one who had to come up with a suggestion for him. Where is the medical team working with him? UGHHH

April said...

Such encouraging news about your daddy, Debby! He is adorable and looks fantastic! That's awesome that you'll get to spend a couple of weeks with him. I know that will be cherished time.

Cranberry Morning said...

Thank goodness that your niece came up with that idea! I am so glad that your dad is going to be able to go home. Everyone needs an advocate, and I'm glad to hear that your dad has more than one. Good for you all! He is looking good and everyone needs a McDonalds burger and fries now and then. :-)

Karen Mortensen said...

Glad that he is doing better and has good people looking out for him.

Angie Church said...

Good deal, so happy that he will be able to go home. I work in a home that takes care of seniors and I know when they come back from the hospital they are always happier. They are comfortable, around those that love them and there are so many outlooks now like visiting nurses
he looks pretty good eating that hamburger

KC Bob said...

Ann can relate to elevating legs to help with swelling. She regularly does that with her wheelchair.

So glad you will be able to speand time with your dad Debby.

Sonya said...

So glad to hear he will soon be going home and that you will be able to visit!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Clever niece! I hope he continues to improve.

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