Tuesday, February 22, 2005

HOLDING PATTERN

Thanks for all your well-wishes! Things are going along in a holding pattern with my dad. We were there with him while he was dying Sunday night. The doc asked us if we wanted him to have a breathing tube, we said let's ask him what he wants to do. He said "Do whatever will work", and he was intubated and given all kinds of drugs. His blood pressure was as low as 39/15, which is basically "dead", but it went back up and he started getting rid of excess body fluids present due to his congestive heart failure. He's resting comfortably now, but he is still far from being out of the woods. The bad news is that he only has about 10% of his heart left re. working heart muscles, and the line between his being dehydrated and having too much fluid in his body is a thin one. So while he may be able to get well enough to come home, he probably doesn't have a lot longer to live. It's great that he doesn't have physical pain, and he still has all his marbles. Wish us luck, and maybe we can get him home during the next few days.

3 Comments:

Blogger J. Marquis said...

It would be great if you could at least get him home. I'm sure that would mean a lot to him...

7:34 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Best of luck coping.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

keeping everyone over there in my thoughts and heart, stay strong for your mother.

2:38 PM  

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