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From Bad to Worse

Friday, December 23, 2011

I thought things were going to improve. But like I keep saying, fate had another idea.
DH has had one bad day since he started radiation so that is a good thing. He still is bothered by the hot flashes, but they come and go and he is learning to deal with them.
We got the news today that our great granddaughter's blood work came back negative for anything auto-immune so now she is scheduled for tests of her heart in Jan. For now we are going to take that as good news.
We took dad out yesterday evening to see the Christmas lights in our hometown and two surrounding communities. We were out looking for over 3 hours and he really enjoyed it.
However, he lost his balance today while opening his door to let in some cooler air because we were having a heat wave today-87 for a high-and fell into his Florida room onto the concrete. He wears a Medic Alert button so pushed that since he wasn't able to get up and they called us. Luckily it was before we had left for DH's radiation and we were right over there. We were able to get him up and into the house and into his recliner. Then I really started to check him out.

This is what the hematoma on his head looks like tonite. It was a huge goose egg early on. Then I noticed that he had a huge swelling on his left elbow so I told him there was nothing else to do but call 911 as I wasn't sure we should have even gotten him up but since we had, I worried he might have a broken hip and arm and didn't want to move him anymore.
He was transported to the hospital and we spent over 4 hrs in the ER and his dr came in and they have admitted him. He isn't going to be able to return home until we know exactly what he can and can't do. For now he can't use his walker and that is a necessity. I believe they will keep him for several days and then send him to rehab.

This is dad with his ice pack on his boo boo.
This certainly is not how we wanted to spend our Christmas. Poor dad was laying in bed and said I guess I am not going to get to go to Christmas dinner.
I am not sure it has sunk in yet exactly how bad this is. I can't even bring him home and care for him unless he can move on his own - he isn't big and heavy but DH has a bad back and should not be lifting him and I also have to take him to his radiation M-F. Friends have offered to help, in fact, one couple took him today since I was at the ER.

This is dad & DH tonite just before we came home for the night.
Please keep us all in your prayers as this is going to be a difficult time.
I forgot to mention, dad turned 100 in Sept!
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    Oh, my - 100? WOW. How lucky to have had your dad so long. Wishing your family better days. Merry Christmas.
    3352 days ago
    Praying for healing for Natalie, your DH and your dad. Asking God for His will be done as He brings rapid and complete healing to all. May He bless you with continued strength and comfort to you. Try to find some time to take care of you with all that is happening. Glad your dad was able to enjoy the Christmas lights with you before his accident.
    Have a Blessed Christmas...
    3352 days ago
    What a misfortune at Christmastime. I will keep you all in my prayers. You are one very strong woman. May God send his angels to lift you up and keep you safe. HUGS!
    3353 days ago
    Blessing on your dad for a speedy return to health.
    3353 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Oh Pat, I am so sorry to hear this. The poor fellow must be feeling overwhelmed. I hope there are no hidden injuries. This is just plan sad -- special dinners are important to the elderly, and that probably really was his primary worry.
    Once again, I'm sending hugs and prayers your way --

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    3353 days ago
  • CHEVY63
    Pat - Oh No! I'm so sorry you have so many things happening! I'm sending prayers and healing thoughts your way.

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    3353 days ago
    My goodness! 100 yrs old he sure is a fighter and looks like one also at the moment. My prayers go out to you and your family that things will go from worse to better real soon. Thank goodness for family and friends during times like these. God bless
    3353 days ago
    I checked in on your page last night. You all will certainly be in my prayers.
    3353 days ago

    May God continue to bless you & your family!! I pray that God lays his healing hands on your dad!!

    3353 days ago
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