Well, here we are, back in the hospital again! Our first visit here this year found us on the first floor. Our second visit, we were on the fourth floor. This time, we are on the second floor. I told Daddy that I’m not so sure I want to try for the third floor, so he doesn’t have to get sick again just to round out our stays!
We took Daddy to his doctor Tuesday, and were supposed to get results from his labs this morning. This would tell us if we needed to go to the hospital for another transfusion or not. The doctor visit was a bit discouraging because there was basically NOTHING to do for Daddy at this time. I was so very sad, and really had a difficult night. Then we got word this morning that his labs were stable, basically meaning that there truly was NOTHING to be done for Daddy at this time. I was hoping for another transfusion because he feels so much better after having one. But it seemed not to be at this time.
When the physical therapist got there, Daddy’s blood pressure was pretty low, so the therapist just did some mild leg movements with him. Then the home health nurse came by, and his blood pressure was even lower – dangerously low. AND his heart rate was very high – in the 130s! The nurse called her supervisor who had her call Dr. S, who had her call 911. The ambulance came and on the way to the hospital the EMS attendant gave Daddy some IV fluids which brought his BP up enough that when he got to the hospital they were able to begin dealing with the high heart rate. Daddy’s heart is in A-Fib, whatever that means, but they have been able to get it down and much more stable with medication. He is resting as comfortably as possible with people coming in and out every 30 minutes and poking him with needles, sticking thermometers in his mouth, taking his blood pressure, and asking 40 million questions.
So, here we are. Room 278. And I should tell you about this room. Oh, my goodness – what a place! I thought our room on the fourth floor was nice – this one makes that one look like a tenement apartment! First, this room is huge! We have a couch that makes a single-ish sized bed, a recliner, a small table with 3 chairs, and there’s still almost room for dancing in the middle of the floor! There’s a nice sized bathroom with a walk-in handicap shower, too.
Now, as I’ve discussed before, there is also the Nourishment Room to be taken into account. The first floor Nourishment Room was almost a restaurant, it was so well-stocked. The fourth floor Nourishment Room was definitely mis-named, because if you were counting on it for nourishment, you were in a bad way! The second floor Nourishment Room is just about in the middle of the two previous ones. There aren’t any sugar free popsicles or icecream, although there is SF jello and pudding, cheese, milk, applesauce, and fruit cups. There is a big variety of soups and soft drinks, as well as crackers, cereals, and hot chocolate. One big bonus Jeanne will love is the coffee machine. I don’t know anything about coffee, but this thing makes several kinds, including espresso. BUT….. there are NO GRAHAM CRACKERS! I’m hoping they restock on Thursdays, and tomorrow will bring in a new load of them. We’ll see, though….
I’m thinking I’d better go to bed now. There seems to be a break in the flow of nurses and techs coming in right now. Please be praying for Daddy. He is doing pretty well right now as far as his anxiety level, but until I see his regular doctor, I won’t know how he’s really doing. I’m frightened, yet thankful that we are here rather than home wondering if we should be doing something.
I hope your night is restful!
God bless your day!