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An update on my father

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Posted June 18th 2018 at 03:54 AM by Spoons

I don't think this is triggering but if anyone is triggered by medical related things, this will be talking about some! Also a mention of food/weight related issues pertaining to myself, but no numbers!

I checked my mom's phone last night to make sure she didn't miss any calls from the hospital since her hearing isn't the greatest. My dad had texted her around 8:30 PM, joking that he's eating ice chips with no salt (since salt and heart issues are bad). I thought, "LOL, asshole," and was also very reassured by this.

Then I got some good news today. While I was still in bed, the cardiologist came to visit my dad. My mom said that it is likely NOT heart failure after all, just the A-fib combined with his COPD going untreated. So, he'll probably be on blood thinners and other medications for the rest of his life, and he'll also probably have to make some lifestyle changes. But, this sounds a lot better than it would be to have heart failure AND A-fib. My mom said the cardiologist seems very confident that he can help my dad. I'm not sure what will have to be done besides medications, or even what medications besides from the blood thinner. He's on a Nebulizer right now in the hospital but I'm not sure if that will continue after. He has to take it every six hours and says it helps. He says he feels 65% better than when he came in, and based on how hard he tanked yesterday, I think that's good.

When I visited he was sitting in the reclining chair they gave him. He got his meal privileges back. While he still is wheezing, he looks a lot better than he did yesterday and is making jokes again, including one about Viagra So, he's definitely doing better. He's no longer allowed to drink regular coffee but he found that he likes decaf, so when my mom went home to relax for a bit she got texts from him saying he wants some, LOL. So I'd say he's improving.

That being said, I still worry he won't comply with the medications and lifestyle changes and end up in this situation again or worse. I also still worry about our financial situation and keeping the house if he has to retire.

One of the nurses is so wonderful and I want to call the hospital when my dad is discharged and see if she has a manager that can give her some praise. She's just been really good to him and also honest with him about things. She got my sister's number yesterday as an emergency contact since my mom doesn't always hear her phone but I didn't think I could give her my number too. I guess my mom mentioned that I actually did want my number added because when I came with my sister, she IMMEDIATELY saw me in the hallway and pulled me aside to add my number in. She's also off tomorrow so she came in to say goodbye and let us know, saying she hopes he's transferred to a lower-level unit before she gets back. We joked saying that she deserves the day off after dealing with him and she said that he did give her a scare yesterday. I appreciated her honesty in saying that he scared her. To me it showed she cared. So on her way out, we said "please don't leave, we like you!" I really want to tell her boss so she can get praise.

My Aunt A is super frustrating though! I mentioned yesterday how I called her with an update and literally around an hour later she's calling the nurse's station asking for updates. At that point, the nurse, J was still on so it was highly likely she talked to her since that was his assigned nurse. My aunt called today for any updates and said she talked to a nurse named D, who I later found out was my father's nurse later on at night. This means that she probably called AGAIN after the first time. She told him that if my father doesn't do what he's supposed to, he (nurse D) can call HER, the ELDEST sister (one of my dad's other sisters is older than him too, so she specified). We honestly don't want her calling because she makes a big deal out of anything.

So that's whatever. Later she called again and I didn't answer because I'm honestly tired. So she left a voicemail and sounded desperate for an update so I told her how I don't really have any updates since this morning because all he's done is sat in his chair, watched TV, and cracked jokes, just like I told her this morning. I was stupid and mentioned the fact he had stir fry for dinner and how good that sounded, because after we hung up, she called back not even ten minutes later just to tell me that if I wanted I could see if the hospital cafeteria sold it and buy some so I could eat with my father. I was already home but if I wanted to eat food with him I'd have gotten some. She'd ALSO called me last night just to see if my mom, sister, and I were resting. My mom was asleep, my sister wasn't asleep yet but was relaxing, and I was on my laptop and watching Finding Nemo. So yeah, we were relaxing until you called! So, I'm a bit frustrated with her. I respect her right to know about her brother but if there was anything drastically different to report I'd call.

I took a walk before going to the hospital the last time. I didn't get all my steps in and I can't help but feel fat and disgusted and like I'm going to gain all this weight again because I've also not been eating very healthy and likely won't be able to get my eating back on track until next week at a minimum. So I'm scared all my progress will be ruined and I'll gain all my weight back.

I'm physically and emotionally exhausted and have a lot to think and worry about, but I'm at least slightly more optimistic than I was yesterday. Here's hoping it's uphill from here.
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    ~Radio Flyer~'s Avatar
    I hope it will go uphill from here <3
    Posted June 18th 2018 at 12:58 PM by ~Radio Flyer~ ~Radio Flyer~ is offline
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    Glad to hear your dad is doing better!
    Posted June 18th 2018 at 01:25 PM by Celyn Celyn is offline

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