Sunday, February 24, 2008
I'm sorry that I've haven't updated my blog for so long. I miss all of you so much!
My father is still in the Duke University Hospital ICU. Doctors haven't completely given up yet, but his condition has gotten worse. In addition to Pulmonary Fibrosis (scarring of the lungs), some Emphysema, and Atrial Fibrulation, he had surgery on February 11 to repair an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm that had burst. In the last week, his kidneys have failed and he has developed an infection that may be pneumonia. The infection seems to be responding to antibiotics. He hasn't awakened since the surgery. Doctors recommend against dialysis treatment. My mother and I have been visiting often. They have discontinued my father's pain medication in hopes that he will wake up. My mother and I talked to him yesterday and today and tried to get him to squeeze our hands, but he hasn't.
I've been trying to work to save sick days. I have been spending the rest of my time with my mother. It is a long drive to the hospital, so I drive 45 minutes to pick her up and then 45 minutes to the hospital and then repeat the process. It makes me feel good, though, knowing that I am doing all that I can for both my parents.
My husband's father died suddenly six months ago. I can't believe that this has happened! My sons are in shock. They are 19 and 21.
Thank you all so much for your support and prayers.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
My father's surgery to close the incision went well. I was at the hospital all day with my mother and husband. My older son and his girlfriend joined us for part of the time. Besides closing the incision from the surgery for the abdominal aortic aneurysm, they also repaired a large hernia and inserted a trach tube and feeding tubes. The doctors are still pessimistic about my father's recovery, but at least he has a chance. Today he is stable. That's something to be happy about!
Some people were wondering why the doctors are pessimistic. Here is why: he is 73 and has had Pulmonary Fibrosis since 2005. We know now because a specialist looked at an x-ray from 2005. I'm not sure that my father knew, but he had been getting increasingly short of breath before this happened. Also, less than 40% of people survive when an abdominal aortic aneurysm bursts. He has an irregular heartbeat and they aren't sure that his heart is beating that well. They told us that the risks are that he could have a heart attack, get pneumonia, or have a stroke/embolism. He lost so much blood and was given more than 20 pints during and after the surgery, so he could have an immune reaction to the blood even though it was correctly matched. If he survives, his recovery will be long. So, I am trying to work while he is unconscious and save sick days...
Saturday, February 16, 2008
My father is in critical condition in the ICU. He is 73 and had surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He is having problems with his lungs, kidneys, and heart. They want to do surgery on Monday to close the incision from the surgery. I am spending most of my time at the hospital, so I haven't been blogging lately. Thank you for being there for me. You are special friends.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
My father had very serious emergency surgery yesterday for an abdominal aortic aneurism. He is in ICU. I may not be online very much for a while.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I moved a hutch desk into our living room and now I have a fantastic place to scrapbook! I put the tools and supplies that I used the most in the desk. The rest of my supplies are in a cabinet and closet, but nearby. This new setup made scrapbooking fun again because I didn't have to dig for everything. I made valentine cards for my family and a two page layout of my son's new Toyota Tacoma purchase.
On Saturday, we had dinner with my husband's family. I got to see my sister-in-law who had been in the hospital with a diabetic crisis - high blood sugar. She has appointments with two doctors in the next week. I really feel for her and pray that she will be ok. My husband worked on installing cable for his mother. He moved the wiring so that she can have her new HDTV in its new location. My brother-in-law bought the TV for her last week. What a gift! Tomorrow, my husband will meet the cable company to finish the installation. Because my mother-in-law was a satellite customer, she is getting a great deal for the first year.
We had breakfast with my parents this morning and my father looked as if he felt better than last week. He didn't look healthy, but he looked a little better. I am really worried about him. My mother was cheerful. We were all disappointed because my older son had said that he would come to breakfast, but instead he stayed out all night and wouldn't get up. My birthday is next Thursday, so my parents gave me two gorgeous pairs of tricolor silver earrings and a necklace and a cute card and money too. They are way too generous. I made a Valentine card for them and put money in it for a nice, romantic dinner for two. I hope that they will enjoy it. We live next door to my husband's mother and she is very needy, so we do things for her all the time. My parents are independent and won't ask for anything and they don't want help when we offer. I would love to do more for them! At least, they know that I will be there whenever they need me.
For my birthday, I am getting Dance Dance Revolution for XBox. My son gave me his XBox! I am excited. I am also getting a new shower curtain, towels, bath rug, etc. for our bathroom. We have a slightly rustic decor. Our house does not scream "mountains", but we have pine trees, quilts, and other rustic accessories.
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