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My father - still in ICU

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.

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CALENSARIEL 2/26/2008 5:00PM

    Still here thinking about you and praying for you along with everyone else. Hope ...what? Don't even know what to hope for. Just take care of yourself in the middle of all this. Hugs, Calen~

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HEATHEN.GIRL 2/25/2008 11:48AM

    You have been in my thoughts daily since reading about your dad. My heart goes out to all of you.


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LUCKYDUCK2 2/25/2008 2:23AM

    I think of you and your family every day and am praying for that miracle. Hugs to you dear friend.

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SUSANCANDOIT 2/25/2008 12:57AM

    I am so sorry that you are going through all of this! I haven't been around the sparkworld that frequently lately and I was just checking in to see how you were doing. Not so good I can see. My prayers are with you and your family....

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Surgery went well and now we wait...

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...

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CALENSARIEL 2/20/2008 11:25AM

    Well, it sounds like there is reason to be hopeful at the moment. We went through something similar with my dad. He was in Arizona for the winter where he and mom had a trailer. I wasn't able to be there when he died. I'm so glad that your dad is close where you can know that you did everything you could for him. That's so important. Hope you're managing to have a good day. Love & Hugs, Calen~

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TOONACAT 2/20/2008 6:07AM

    Hope springs from rocky places, prayers and more prayers for your dad and your family.

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DEEANN8 2/19/2008 7:29PM

    Hugs & Prayers for you and your family.

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TWISTOLOMEW 2/19/2008 12:15PM

  All the fingers and paws in my house are crossed for your daddy (my warped version of prayer, I suppose)... Lotsaluv, Twist

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/19/2008 10:00AM

    You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. I am staying optimistic at this end Sweetie. Hugs

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2BFITAGN 2/19/2008 9:34AM

    So sorry to hear of your father's troubles. I'm glad he is stable and hope he improves everyday. Hugs to you all.

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Spending time at the hospital...

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.

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CALENSARIEL 2/18/2008 10:39AM

    I, too, am keeping him and your family close in prayer. Be sure to take care of YOU, too, so you can be there for those who need you. Big hugs, Calen~

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TOONACAT 2/17/2008 9:56AM

    Our prayers are with you. I'm so sorry your dad and family and you are going through this, hugs and prayers,

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My father had surgery...

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.

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TOONACAT 2/14/2008 5:17PM

    Sheila, all of good wishes, prayers and good thoughts for your family, dad and Mickey.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/13/2008 8:19PM

    Sending prayers and hugs your way. All my love.

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TWISTOLOMEW 2/12/2008 4:30PM

  Sending much luv and healing vibes to you and your dad, Sheila.

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DEEANN8 2/12/2008 12:46PM

    My prayers are with you and your family Sheila. Hugs & Prayers, Dee

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CALENSARIEL 2/12/2008 11:43AM

    I'm guessing you weren't really surprised by something happening. It sounded like you knew he wasn't doing all that well. My family will be praying for you guys. Hang in there. Love & Hugs, Calen~

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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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SUSANCANDOIT 2/11/2008 9:08PM

    You're always so busy. :) I can relate. I don't feel like I've accomplished nearly as much as you do though. I always feel like I have a million things to do but nothing ever actually gets completed. Anyways, thanks very much for the spark goodies. :) They made my day. Hope you're enjoying the start to your week!

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TWISTOLOMEW 2/11/2008 5:40PM

  Dance Dance Revolution -- I need to see video of you doing this!!! :-D


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CALENSARIEL 2/11/2008 11:06AM

    Boy! With that Dance Dance thingy are you gonna be shakin' your booty some? (I'm so illiterate when it comes to all things electronic! I actually have NO CLUE what that is!) I'm glad, too, that you can get to your scrapbooking stuff again without stressing out, which is kind of productive, eh? Sounds like you had a really full plate this weekend. Hope you have a good week now. Hugs, Calen~

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/11/2008 1:03AM

    You and your familys all sound so close. It is wonderful what you do for them. I love "rustic" decor. I wish I had a log cabin for a home. :) Enjoy your new area for scrapbooking.

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