Monday, April 12, 2010

I haven't been here since December?

Hard to believe that I haven't been here in so long. I have thought about the old blog and the people here. I don't think too many people have missed me. But that's ok, life gets that way.

Dad is doing great. His surgical wound isn't completely healed yet and he still has the colostomy bag. He walks with a cane. We are having problems with his blood pressure. In fact I had him to the ER this past Saturday. When he goes from laying to sitting to standing his blood pressure makes huge drops which makes him dizzy. Dad is now having to sleep with his head elevated to a 30 degree angle to see if that will make a difference. He may have to go higher. Also he has sleep apnea and hasn't used his CPAP machine since before he got sick - a little over a year ago. The ER doctor said that could be affecting his blood pressure so he should start using it. Dad doesn't want to do that.

I worry about dad doing all he should for his blood pressure. It gets so high when he is laying/sleeping that the doctor said he could have a stroke.

A nurse still comes out 2 times a week to check on dad and his wound. I usually get up around 4 am and go to his house. I like to be there when he gets up and I always seem to wake up around 4 am and think if I go back to sleep I will wake up late. So I just go on to his house and go back to sleep on his couch.

I spend most of the day with dad. Then I come back to my house for a few hours in the evening and night.

I have managed to get dad to agree to quit driving and in fact he even got rid of his truck and car. THANK GOODNESS, as I was worried about his driving BEFORE he got sick. Of course he gets mad if I don't take him where he wants to go, when he wants to go, but sometimes I think he has already overdone it, or I am just too tired from taking care of him. He just doesn't seem to get it.

Maybe I will start to post more. I hope so. I would really like to get back into the swing of things here.

Love ya!



  1. I took a long break from blogging too. It's easier to just make entries than to feel bad for not doing it. That's what I've found anyway. There are good medications now for hypertension -- make sure he takes them and keep in contact with the doctor. The most important med is the diuretic. That one's key.


  2. Yes you should! Blog more! I'm glad your dad is doing some-what good. If we're not worrying about our kids, we worry about our parents!

  3. Hopefully your dad's will stick to medication and diet to get his blood pressure down. Nice to see a post from you.

  4. Hope you don't mind if I visited your blog. Found you at Toon's blog and the turtles caught my interest since I have a hobby of feeding turtles in the stock tank. Hope your Dad continues to improve.

  5. Good to see you again, Kathy. Wishing you strength in coping with your father's continued improvement

  6. Stopped by, and so glad to see a post from you. Whether you think it true or not, you are missed when you don't post for months. I am glad your dad is home, and you are able to help him. Do hope the blood pressure gets under control. Keeping both him and you in my prayers.