January 2018
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Dad at Home – Day 6 – Fathers Day

When I arrived at 9:00 in the morning, Alan was there. We were waiting for Wayne and Eric to show up so he could spend time with his four sons on Father’s Day. I asked Dad if he wanted to go outside again like he did the day before. He stated, “No more hikes.” I […]

Dad at Home – Day 5 –

Yesterday, in the evening (Dad at Home – Day 4) Natalie had heart problems and left the home via an ambulance. I was on top of a mountain and Dad’s sister Nyla, from out of state was there with Dad and did not have any phone numbers to call for help. Or should I say […]

Dad at Home – Day 4 –

When I arrived at Dads house this morning Dad was up taking care of business. Dad is weak and not moving well. It is impossible for him to get in and out of the bed on his own. Natalie and I helped him back to bed after the paperwork was complete. The activity caused his […]

Dad at Home – Day 3 –

When I arrived this morning Dad was wide awake. He looked warm and felt warm. I asked him if he wanted the fan on and he said yes. While we were visiting he kept rubbing his left side and moving a drain that he has. I walked over and asked him if the drain was […]

Dad at Home – Nyla arrives

Janet and I picked up Dad’s sister, Nyla, at the airport tonight. We had a good visit on our way to Dads house. When we arrived Dad was awake and he got a big smile on his face when he saw Nyla. Wayne, my brother was already there. We all chatted for a while. Dad […]

Dad at Home – Day 2 – Sleeping well

I stopped by Dads house to visit him this morning. He was sleeping fairly sound. Foxy was outside looking in at me. She yapped a couple of times. The yapping did not even stir Dad. I would guess that without the early visit by the student doctors and any checks for vitals, including that morning […]

Dad at Home – Day 1 – Dad and the dog

I have been looking for a dog for a couple of years now. It is a difficult decision because of the commitment that is necessary. One day I picked up the “Ten Commandments For Pet Owners. Commandment One: My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 15 (Also Day 1 at Home)

I was running later than ordinary today and when I arrived, Dad actually looked asleep. However, upon closer inspection there was an indication that he was not. Clutched between his pointer finger and thumb was a small square of cloth. The indication thereof was that he was stuck once again. He opened his eyes and […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 14

When I walked into Dad’s room this morning he was up and sitting in a chair. He looked tired. I also noticed that he had a foley catheter back. The student doctor was talking to Dad. He asked I’d Dad was in pain. The answer was yes. The student listened to Dad’s lungs and then […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 13

It is another day and another visit with Dad. Upon my arrival he was asleep with his mouth wide open. That seems to be his usual sleeping jaw position. I knew that his next radiation treatment was not for an hour so I thought I would catch a little nap. The first thing that caught […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 12 cont.

I stopped by this morning to see Dad. I am later than I expected and I found that he was not in his bed. He has been taken down for a radiation treatment. He does have a nice clean bed to come back to. I sat and waited.

Soon Dad arrived back at the room […]

Dad, another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 12

I have not got a lot to write at this hour. Eric, my brother sent out in an email within the past hour detailing the prognoses for Dad. He should be coming home early next week. I know that is what Dad wants to do. In regards to his overall condition, he is not doing […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 11

I walked in to Dads room this morning and he was awake. There were a couple of PCA’s there getting him into a clean gown. Dad may not have liked the fact that his bowels started working after his surgery, but that is good news. He can start being fed trough his feeding tube.

Dad […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 10

Today is Jury Duty so I am writing my blog from the Jury Room. I saw Dad this morning. He looked like he was sleeping when I walked in. His right leg was dangling off the bed and he had been given oxygen yesterday because his O2 level was low. The PCA said that she […]

Dad, Another day in the battle at LLUMC – Day 9

Dad was sleeping when I came in the room. His PCA said that he had spiked a temperature up to 103.5 and that they had to put ice on him to cool him down. He had ice packs under his arms and on his thighs. I also noticed the bag on the side of the […]