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Almost time to say good-bye

Friday, January 11, 2013

We brought Dad home today on hospice. I went to Columbia at 8, expecting the ambulance transfer to the nursing home for rehab at 9. He was up in the chair, but he was just not right. He's not being successful at fighting off the pneumonia. That physical stress plus the time he spent with low oxygen in his blood and low blood pressure have significantly impacted his congestive heart failure.

So with him not strong enough to do therapy, we made the decision to keep him comfortable. The doc gave him some hefty diuretic to take off as much fluid as was realistic. So his first several days should be fairly good ones, until the pneumonia rebounds and the fluid from the CHF increases again. He's in no pain and breathing comfortably on 3L of oxygen. As he begins to decline more rapidly, we have medicines to use as needed to relieve the potential pain and/or anxiety.

Thanks to all of you for keeping us all in your thoughts and prayers. I need to start getting in some walks again to keep myself together. Probably won't be Sparking much for awhile but will stay in touch.
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