Thursday, August 5, 2010


I can't believe its been over a month since I last wrote on this blog. So many things have occurred, there is no way I can remember or update everything... but here is what I can tell you:

I was away from home at school for 10 days. It was a great break for me, but a difficult time for my husband and father.

Coming home was a shock- my system wasn't prepared for reality. I was short tempered for a couple of days as I tried to get back into the swing of things. Mom was confused and irritated that I had been gone. To top that off, there were doctor's appointments and off course trying to get back in the swing of things at work too.

Mom's doctor's appointment went okay- she tried to persuade her primary care doctor (Dr. P)  that Dr. A's diagnosis was wrong. Dr. P added Namenda twice a day to the Aricept and also added Zoloft for depression. I'm happy to say I think one or both are helping. There isn't as much negative talk and negative, nasty behavior. She seems calmer and doesn't upset as easily.

Dad has a CT scan on his Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. We got the results yesterday and it isn't good. He will need surgery soon. They would like to use a stent, but have to contact the company that makes the stents to see if it will work with his condition. I suspect his surgery will occur before the end of the month.

There are a lot of unknowns with this. What do I do with Mom while Dad is in the hospital?  How much help will he  need when he gets home and how much will he be restricted? What does that mean for Mom's care?



donna said...

Just found your blog from seeing it posted on Your situation sounds very similiar to mine. In this situation, it is good to know others walk the same path & have the same challenges. May God Bless you on this journey!

Cher said...

Let me know what I can do. School starts the 20th full time. Colty and I could come out during the day a couple of times a week if need be. I'll just have to take Hubby to work. Hopeing either Tami or Krissy could watch the kids so I can be there when the surgery happens. Loves and Prayers! Oh Grandpa called to tell me about it.. called me "Old Gal" LOL Boy you turn 30 and your granfather calls you old LOL :)