Friday, October 8, 2010

So....how's your life going? :)

Dad is back in the hospital.

Dad had been falling some but I have been able to "break" his fall. But Wednesday dad took a fall in front of a store while I was parking the car. He didn't seem hurt, it was a few hours before he felt any pain. Thursday morning I called his doctor and got him in for an X-Ray just in case something was broken because he was in a lot of pain.

So, when they were taking the chest X-Ray (at the doctor's office) dad evidently passed out and fell, and hit the floor hard. A huge knot came up on dad's head and his side/chest area was killing him (same side he had fallen on the day before). The doctor's office called 911 and dad was off to the ER.

In the ER they ran all kinds of tests and even took chest X_rays twice. Nothing is broken. And they were going to let dad come home, but then his blood pressure starting doing crazy stuff. When his blood pressure was taken while laying down it was really high, then when he set up and they took it it fell like 80 points. No wonder he had dizzy spells. There is a word for it but I can't remember. Anyways they admitted dad.

Today dad has still been in a lot of pain, and they have gotten his blood pressure down. HOWEVER dad started talking crazy and was freaking me out. The doctor thinks it is coming from all the morphine they have dad on so they are changing from morphine to vicodin. It is also a narcotic that can cause delirium but since it isn't as strong the hope is that it won't mess up dad's thinking as bad.

They still have to work on dad's blood pressure. They need to take it with him laying, sitting, then standing. Right now they can't take it standing because he is too weak to stand. Also the medicine that got his blood pressure down goes against his kidneys (which is why the kidney doctor took him off it). So it may come down to the lesser of two evils.

Prays for daddy and me are greatly appreciated.

3 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear your dad has had such problems with his BP - the word you were looking for was orthostatic hypotension, when the bloodpressure falls upon standing up. Hope your father's condition improves soon, and wish you both well,

    Guido

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  2. Praying for you and your dad.

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  3. I'm very sorry, Kathy. Many things seem to come down to the lesser of two evils when dealing with health. Very unfair, especially when you love him so. I'm thinking of both of you. ~Mary

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