Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.

~WebMd

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Time To Tell...

Last night I went to the hospital to visit with my dad. He is not doing well. He is now using a ventilator to assist his breathing to reduce the stress of lung functionality. The doctors believed this to be a temporary situation until he regained strength from the surgery. I was very optimistic until today...

This morning, I spent a great deal of time on the phone with the doctors and nurses at St. Elizabeth. Walter has taken yet another turn for the worse. According to the respiratory specialist, his lungs have aspirated (filled with vomit they believe and additional fluid) and are failing. I later talked with the Renal Specialist and Walter's kidneys have begun to fail. Considering I and Muddear are the only two next of kin listed, I had to consent to two emergency procedures today - catheter insertion and the initiation of dialysis. The doctors hope both will be temporary.

This is a critical situation. Apparently Walter's blood is now highly toxic because the lungs are failing and cannot push oxygen into the blood stream and his kidneys are failing thereby prohibiting elimination of toxins via urination. If not controlled Walter's heart could fail.

I am fearful of Walter dying without Muddear ever knowing that he was sick. Please keep my family in your prayers...

2 comments:

Glorious Hats said...

Oh, my thoughts are with you today. There is always hope, but agree, it does sound a very challenging time and tenuous time for Walter. Wishing you all the best that can be for each of you. Hugs, Jane

Nikki said...

Jane,

You have my continued thanks. Your concern is appreciated.