It started back in October. Dad was scheduled for hernia repair which was postponed when his labs came back slightly off. His white blood count was slightly elevated and red blood count was slightly down. Three different specialists later and Dad was still a medical mystery.
Dad continued to decline throughout November and December. He wasn’t eating regularly, down to maybe 500-1000 calories per day. Honestly the not eating started back over the summer. Not consuming enough calories daily will cause your body to decline when you’re healthy. When sick, your body deteriorates even faster.
December 16th I took Dad to the ER. Diagnosis was a severe UTI and bladder infection. On December 20th we were back at the ER. Dad’s symptoms weren’t any better and in fact, worse. Dad told the ER physician his “penis was farting”. Apparently this is a very bad thing. The diverticulitis ate through Dad’s colon and bladder, creating a fistula and a sepsis infection. It can be repaired with surgery but Dad is not physically strong enough for surgery at this time.
Yesterday my sister and I moved Dad to The Crescent, a skilled nursing facility. Our hope is to get Dad eating and moving more so he can have the surgery he needs. The doctors, Rachael and I all believe Dad needs long term acute care instead but insurance disagreed. We are appealing the decision.
Unfortunately Dad had NOT been eating regularly at the hospital. He wasn’t moving either. Starvation, medicine and time have affected his mental state. Sometimes he is lucid, others not so much.
Visitors are welcome and encouraged! If you visit during meal time, make Dad eat more than 2-3 bites of food. Ask Dad if he needs help sitting up in the chair. Dad is not on any food restrictions so feel free to bring in a treat if you want. There is a fridge and microwave in Dad’s room. Dad is in Room 118 Canal Lane.
Prayers are greatly appreciated. Rachael and I are preparing for the worst and praying for the best. Truthfully it is 100% in Dad’s hands. He has to decide to eat, hungry or not, and to start moving so he can get well. Once the fistula is fixed, Dad will feel so much better. Recovery will still be a long road even after the surgery but every journey begins with one step.