As well as my dad was doing before I came in last Saturday afternoon, he started to become congested on Sunday. On Monday his doctors office was called to see if we could get a prescription for him. The in house health care professionals made two calls. We got a call from the doctors office that he needed to have a chest x-ray. So my sister and I took him that afternoon.
The next day she had to take off of work so we could take him to see his doctor. His doctor put him on a steroid pack, cough syrup and an inhaler. Since he wasn't able to cough anything up he wouldn't prescribe anything else. He had an appointment with his cardiologist on Thursday who felt he has bronchitis and she prescribed an antibiotic.
This is Friday as I am typing and he hasn't had much relief as yet. His physical therapist feels bad because he needs the therapy because of his hip surgery yet he doesn't have the strength because of his breathing issues. So he isn't making the progress he needed to make this week.
I am physically and mentally exhausted. I've had to do things that I didn't think I would ever do like wipe his bottom. I know that is TMI but it had to be said. He was making his own meals the week before so this is a bit of a setback for him. We are praying that his chest congestion will leave soon so he can continue on his road to recovery.
He is very close to getting into bed on his own but he is not there yet. He can get out of bed on his own now and is doing a fabulous job with one of those walkers with the hand breaks on it. So with the water pill he is on he is getting up a few times each night so I have to help him back into bed. I am averaging about 5 hours of interrupted sleep each night.
We are seeing now that he will definitely need extended help after I go home so we need to find the right care for him soon. The medical group who is coming in for physical therapy, occupational therapy and the nurses are doing an amazing job with helping him.
I don't think I will be extending my trip because this is a lot for me to do physically and I need to get my knee taken care of. I still have 9 more days here after today.
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoy your weekend.