Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Waiting

Today my Dad developed a low grade fever. They are trying to determine the cause. He is coughing up alot of yuck which shows some bacteria. Most likely he has Pneumonia, but no one has diagnosed that officially yet. Or at least they haven't told us. My Dads daytime nurse is great, but she isnt very informative. We missed the hospitalist this morning, so there hasn't been anyone to really answer our questions. I've asked his nurse until I'm blue in the face, but she just responds with "You'll have to ask the doctor about that." Its very frustrating.

The nurse also threw in mention of Congestive Heart Failure, which we hadn't heard anyone say anything about until today. His severe nausea has nearly diminished, which is huge for his comfort level. Thats one thing I am very grateful for. My Dad is a very silly man....he doesnt tell you about new symptoms or ailments until after something has become obvious physically. He never mentioned to my mom that he fell on Sunday morning in the midst of his 1300 blood sugar. (before going to the ER) The result is a badly bruised ankle, his "good" foot. Xrays didnt show a break thank goodness. Being his history of Charcots foot, that was great news. The nurse overheard Dad say his throat hurt, so she jumped the gun assuming he has the flu. The flu swab was negative. I'm even more grateful for that. His throat soreness is likely a result of the repeated vomiting, and past history of Esophagitis and ulcers. My poor Dad just has ick everywhere.

Right now we wait. We wait to hear whats causing the infection and we wait for the infection to pass before surgery can even be considered for his heart. They have done so many screwy things with my Dads insulin. First they stopped the 70/30 he takes every morning and just used a sliding scale for corrections. He didnt budge from the 250's. Tonight they are adding Lantus in hopes of getting him out of the 300's since infection set in. Its all experimental. Dad hasn't taken insulin besides 70/30 all his life, so they have no idea what doses to start with. That really sucks.

Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and thoughts of our family! I'm still pretty emotionally void today, I just dont know what to think. I will keep you all posted.

5 comments:

Tracy said...

Thanks for the update. I will continue to pray for your dad as well as the rest of the family.

phonelady said...

Continued prayers and hugs coming your way dear . God bless you and your family .

Wendy said...

I will continue to pray...continue to lift you up...continue to keep your family in my thoughts...

I can't imagine how hard this must be for you right now. You're doing a great job of supporting him...Kelly, you've been a great daughter and don't ever forget it.

Meri said...

Thank you for the update. I've had your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Shamae said...

HUGS Kelly!! I'm so sorry!