Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Update on My Dad

I went back in to see him. He heard me and groaned and rolled as much as he could on his bed. He is totally strapped in because he rips out his IV and tries to get up but can't. He'd just roll off the bed if he did. Anyway I was in the room and watching him, while talking to my mother. He lays there, breathing fast, tubes everywhere and his mouth hanging open. He started to roll and groan so I got up and walked over to his bed. I pet his arm and touched him and told him he would be ok, that it was his infection making him so sick (he's had a blood infection unresponsive to the antibiotics but we don't know why). He started batting at the air with his hand. I moved my hand close to his and he grabbed my hand and squeezed hard. I held his hand for several minutes and he squeezed it until I felt he drifted back off to sleep. My dad is very much trapped in his own brain right now but knows we are there.

The doctor agreed and said he was not in a coma and aware. They did a lumbar puncture and it was cloudy so they are treating him as though he has meningitis until we get the results on the test. There IS an infection there. The doctor thinks it's the same blood infection and it's moved up to his brain. This would explain his confusion, inability to talk or do anything. This however still does not explain what started everything. He has been sick now since he started getting severe stomach aches a few months ago and it's turned into this.

Due to the seriousness of his infection he cannot be transferred to Mayo Clinic now. We'll have to wait until he is stable and make choices from there.

I just want my dad back.

4 comments:

Lauren said...

good luck with your dad - i hope he gets better soon...

ShellyT. said...

I hope your dad recovers. My uncle has a weird blood disease too and no one knows why he's not getting better. Best of luck to your dad.

Jan from BetterSpines said...

Oh Sandy my heart goes out to you. It's so hard seeing someone we love hurting so bad, and even harder when we don't know why. From gallbladder surgery to this? Hugs and prayers.

Glynis said...

I hope all goes well for you. I want my dad back,he has Alzheimers so it will never happen.
Worrying times for you all, my thoughts are with you.