Monday, March 31, 2008

A Different Kind of Tuneup

First - congratulations Melinda on getting Elizabeth Kay here safely. We enjoyed looking at her pictures and are glad that's over for you.

We have had all kinds of excitement - more than we need - during the last week. Last Thursday Grandpa didn't get a chance to finish his supper so ate very little and it wasn't enough to balance the insulin he took, so in the night he was unconscious. I woke up to go to the bathroom and soon realized that I could not rouse him. I was trying to move him because he was mostly on my side of the bed. I called 911 and the wonderful EMT's came and took care of it for us. The next day he was very tired but was doing okay. Then Saturday night when he was taking his night meds, he aspirated some milk. He spent most of the night trying to clear his lungs and had a lot of trouble breathing. So on Sunday we went to sacrament meeting and then I took him to the ER. It was the congestive heart failure again. His blood pressure was very high as well so they kept him. They put him on oxygen, give him lasix to take off the water, and bring his blood pressure down. That's his kind of tuneup now. I thought I might bring him home this morning but they weren't ready to let him go - maybe tomorrow. He is in good spirits and looks and sounds very good. If any of you care to call him tonight or in the morning his number is (208) 706-0440.

4 comments:

Calista said...

Mom forwarded me the email you had sent to her about Grandpa and the EMT's, and she called me yesterday evening to let me know that he was in the hospital again, so I'm really glad to hear that he's doing better. Hopefully the doctors will be ready to let him come home soon :) He has definitely been in my thoughts, although I really need to call him and let him know that!

Farrell Family said...

How scary! I'm glad they were able to take care of him and that he's doing better. You will both be in our prayers.

Stephanie said...

Wow, that is a lot of excitement. I hope he feels better soon, and that you are dealing with all this alright.

Esther and Nathan Manwaring said...

Wow. I hadn't heard. That is too bad. I guess every once in a while you need a tune up. I hope grandpa feels better. I am glad that you were able to get him stable at least. Hopefully soon things will be back to normal.