Since so many friends and family are asking about dad, that I figured I’d post here and let everyone know how he is doing.
He is still at St. Barnabas and is not expected to be released before Monday. He feels “yucky” in his words but he is more alert and coherent. He even asked me tonight if he “made it into one of my blogs yet.”
Dave was there during the day today and was there when his doctor came in. The doctor told them that although it started as a urinary tract infection, it has spread to his blood stream which explains the high fever. After Dave left, they were going to take him for a bladder scan and an infectious disease specialist was due to come by as well. When I got there at five, my aunt was there. His nurse came in and told us that she had just spoken to his doctor and told us that there is “some sort of blockage” possibly “hydronephrosis” but she would not say anymore. She told us that the doctor would talk to us tomorrow. Of course the first thing I did was look up “hydronephrosis.” I found this on Healthline.com, “Hydronephrosis is a condition that typically occurs when one kidney becomes swollen due to the failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder.” It could happen for numerous reasons, one being an effect from radiation due to prostate cancer – which he was treated for a few years ago.
Until I speak to a doctor, I am not going to confirm this though. I plan to get up to the hospital early tomorrow in the hopes to speak to his doctor in person.
My dad is very private about health issues. He didn’t even tell us about his prostate cancer until he was already going through radiation treatments. He doesn’t go to doctors when he doesn’t feel well and we all are wondering just how long he wasn’t feeling well before finally telling us this time. While we were in the emergency room with him on Wednesday, he was telling the doctors about being treated for bladder cancer… NONE of us knew about this, but he was also incoherent that night so perhaps he was just confused. It was one of those times we needed our mom. She would have known all of this. No matter how private he was with us, she knew everything. As I sat with him that night and the staff was taking his information, I couldn’t even answer all of their questions. He asked about him having a living will – I didn’t know. They asked about his insurance – I wasn’t sure. So many questions that I couldn’t answer. They asked me if “Eleanor” was still his emergency contact and I had to tell her that she passed away last year, so now, his emergency contact is me.
So there is not too much to report yet. The antibiotics are helping with the infection and he is much less confused and he knows that I am his daughter…and not Chip 🙂 He is in a room, near a window and tonight we watched a huge thunderstorm blow in. Hail stones pelted the window as we watched the lightning strikes all around the area. He is disappointed that he won’t be able to be at the duck races this year, but we are going to try to get in under control. Kathi, Dale and I will get prizes organized tomorrow. The rest of The Kiwanis Club knows the routine for the day of the races so it should run smoothly.
He is in the best place right now, getting the care he needs. Thanks for all the good wishes. He appreciates them and so do we.