Just an update

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Re: Just an update

Post by LWolfT » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:15 am

Sorry to hear about this ... prayers going out to you and your family!

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Re: Just an update

Post by icfrugal1 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:22 am

Thank you for the update. prayers.

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Post by ChristmasTrees » Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:45 pm

That is good news! I hope he improves rapidly.

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Re: Just an update

Post by delighted99 » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:59 pm

Glad to hear that your FIL opted to work with his doctor on this one and is showing signs of improvement.
NoisyPorkchop wrote:
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:20 pm
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to pop in and give an update on my FIL. He got all settled in at the hospital up north of us and after a few hours his vital signs slowly started to improve, but his oxygen levels were all over the map due to the pneumonia. The doctor taking care of him met with him and the family and said my FIL is struggling with his breathing and this alone is going to take it's toll on his health. He strongly suggested to put my FIL in a propofol-induced coma (propofol is a paralytic) and put him on a ventilator and let the ventilator do the breathing for him and let his body get a chance to heal while they pump him full of antibiotics and fluids. My FIL was not happy with the idea and started to put up a fuss about the idea and the doctor gently but bluntly told him, "Well, you have a choice. You can die either today or tomorrow because you will wear yourself out struggling to breathe, or we can put you on a ventilator for a few days and give your body to rest and heal. It is your choice, Mr. Kelley." My FIL decided to give the ventilator a shot. The doc wanted to put him on it for 5 days but FIL said no, just 3 days. His attitude was that he already had a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order in his chart and he is 85 years old so he didn't want to make some big dramatic attempt at keeping himself going if it wasn't meant to be, but didn't want to toss in the towel so easily. So that was yesterday afternoon.
Hubby drove up to the hospital after work today to check in on him. He spoke with his Dad's doctor who told him he is actually doing better; his kidneys are putting out urine and labs show his internal organs are slowly coming back online. Yay! The doctor told DH that if he keeps improving there may be a chance that he could be taken off the ventilator maybe tomorrow. He won't be out of the woods yet because FIL still will have to breathe on his own without struggling so much and it may still be touch and go to see how he does once he wakes up but at least he was given the chance to get some rest and let his body come back online. I am grateful that my FIL decided to give the ventilator a shot. I was worried he'd be ready to be done and over with it since losing his wife not even a year ago. I just remember my MIL being so miserable all she did was tell people how she wanted to just be left alone so she could die and go be with Vicky and Linda (my husband's sisters who are deceased). I was hoping this wasn't going to be another repeat of last year. I am glad because my Hubby was just beside himself at the thought of losing his Dad.
So, that is the latest information. Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers, they appear to be working! I will keep you all in the loop. Take care, Porkchop.

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Re: Just an update

Post by NoisyPorkchop » Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:10 am

It has been a roller coaster of ups and downs the last few days. It seems like he is slowly improving but I worry that he definitely won't be the same person he was before. He was fail before, but now he is extremely frail. His pneumonia is going away but he has COPD from all those years of smoking so his breathing is labored. DH and I went up to see him last night; he is in good spirits, he talks a bit but it is more mumbly now and my husband had a hard time understanding him. FIL told us he is getting out of there one way or another. He is up to the point the nurses have him stand at bedside with assistance but that is about it for now. My FIL is a proud old man who let everyone in the family know he didn't "want somebody wiping my @ss" so being in the hospital really upsets him. I guess his own father had several strokes and lingered for many years in a nursing home before finally passing away and he doesn't want that same thing to happen to him.

He is stable and very slowly improving but I don't know what his options are at this point. We haven't spoken to his doctor to find out what his future may hold at this time but we will probably have that conversation within the next week. Still hanging on, Porkchop.

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Re: Just an update

Post by icfrugal1 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:11 pm


Hoping for the best


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