Thursday, September 20, 2007

Doctor Visit

The catheter came out sometime overnight so had a bit of mess to clean up this morning. I still remember how to work with the patient in the bed though.

Dad ate some breakfast this morning and drank his juice and went right back to sleep.

Doctor arrived late in day and spent about 40 minutes with us. My brother and son happened to be here at the same time so we all were present. Doc thinks dad probably had a stroke last week and explained why. Probably the jerking movements last week were symptoms of what was happening.

I asked if he thought dad was in the active dying stage and he said not yet but close. On the other hand he remarked about how tough dad is and said it is possible that he would stage a comeback but unlikely. He told me to discontinue all the drugs and he is writing new instructions for the hospice team that will include morphine. He said they will not yet start continuous care but that he would begin getting them ready for that.

Not too long after he left a nurse came and inserted a larger catheter.

Dad is again asleep and seems to be pretty comfortable.

Thanks so much everyone for you love, concern, and prayers.


cornbread hell said...

i haven't been commenting here lately or writing about my mom, either. mainly because what you are going through is clearly more than i can quite fathom and i fear my feeble, often lighthearted, words will only serve to trivialize the magnitude of your and your dad's struggle.

that said, i read your daily updates and think of y'all often throughout the days. i wish you both peace, flinty.

with love,

Lori1955 said...

Wow, I never knew a cath could fall out. I'm glad dad is resting peacefully. I'm still praying for you flinty.

SKYGIRL said...

Peaceful comfort. Could any of us ask for more? I wish I had it too ;-( I am so glad your Dad is not struggling, pacing, or in pain. This is truely a blessing Flinty.

You & Your Dad, and your family remain in my prayers, too!

~Betsy said...

Thanks for the update, Flinty. I think of you and your dad often throughout the day.

I'm so glad the doctor came today. At least your questions were answered about how to handle the meds. I never would have thought a stroke, but it does make sense.

Please know you are in my prayers for your strength and dad's peace.

nancy said...


my thoughts and prayers are with you. if the time comes that hospice wants to offer continuous care, please consider that option.

if my dad was just continuing to slowly go down hill i probably would have refused like lori.

however with his drastic change in respirations and pulse i'm glad i had them.

the 3 nurses that were there to cover the 24hr period stayed in the background and did what i asked. i wanted to be able to sit with my dad and hold his hand. i did not want to be constantly checking his pulse and respirations and looking to see when the last dose of morphine or antivan was given. so for that i am grateful. i was able to just be a daughter spending the last few hours with her dad.

God bless you and your dad. i am thinking of you.

Cinnamin said...

Flinty - Please know that I am praying for your family and for your father. I just don't know what else to say...I am glad to hear that your dad seems to be more comfortable...Hopefully this will help your comfort level as well!