Saturday, July 30, 2011

Between Hospital and Nursing Home

My father has been in the hospital since Tuesday. What started out as an ER visit on Saturday for stomach pain, turned into a hospitalization on Tuesday for a completely different matter.

Bodies age and the cumulative effect of that aging can make things go wrong all at once...

Right now Dad has terrific back pain due to bone spurs in his spine. He is on pain meds and there was tallk of an injection in his spine, but then they found out he has a blood infection. They won't do it while he has an infection of any kind. He also has pneumonia in one lung.

Since he has a pig valve in his heart, they are worried his valve might be compromised and he might need a new mechanical valve. A TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Sunday morning.

Mom doesn't know he is in the hospital. She knows he has had bad back pain and has had tests done. She is accepting that at this time. I've told her he can't get to his computer because of the pain. The nursing home staff would like to keep the hospitalization from her if possible.

Dad is not himself. And I'm terribly worried.