Thursday, October 3, 2019

Rehab - Week One

Dad in Rehab, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Sunday night and dad is enjoying Grilled Cheese on Wheat and Tomato Soup.  One glitch we had to face in the transfer from the hospital to rehab was a incorrect doctor's order for dad to be on a puree diet.  Now Friday, after having that huge plate of pasta served as his last meal at Sutter Roseville, (see last blog, second picture), he really did not want to eat anything Friday night, although they might have gotten him some Sherbet.  But Saturday and most of Sunday was a nightmare trying to get him some food that he would eat that didn't look like baby food.  We did finally get them to give him regular water without thickener in it...and Sandy brought a Pepsi in on Sunday along with some York mints.  Finally, around 4 pm, the Speech Therapist came by and approved the change to regular meals.  Now mind you, ALL of his pills were normal...not crushed or cut in half.  So when she talked to us she asked what he wanted for a meal Sunday night, and Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup was his pick.

Dad in Rehab

Dad in Rehab



Goal for the week was to get him stronger, get him to sit up as much as possible, and transfer him from bed to chair with dad doing more and more of the work each time.  Above he was arm peddling for 15 minutes each time, the second time with a higher resistance level.  And yes, that is mom sitting behind him in the first of the two pictures above.

Dad in Rehab

Dad in Rehab


Today he exercised with a weighted bar, and then stood up for a minute...the lower picture shows him as the minute expired and he was sitting back down.  He got into the wheelchair at 10:45, and his OT was done at 2:45 and he got back in bed.  At 5:00 the PT was going to get him back up for some leg peddling, and then he would have dinner before getting back in bed for the night.  Looking forward to that report when I get there tomorrow morning.

Dad in Rehab, Roger and Rochelle Visit



Dad in Rehab, Roger and Rochelle Visit


Today, before the OT exercises, Roger and Rochelle dropped by and stayed for a couple of hours.  Above they are pictured with mom, and below is dad looking at the group following the conversation.  Yes, dad is on oxygen, but the level is dropping and we hope he won't need it when we anticipate his departure in two weeks.  

Dad in Rehab, Roger and Rochelle Visit

Wow, do you see a resemblance there?  
 
On a side note, Roger and Rochelle have two homes, one in Alta up along I-80 towards Reno, and the other in Rachel Nevada.  If Rachel sounds familiar, it is because that is where the Storm Area 51 Festival was held a couple of weekends ago.  Roger said it was the largest crowd to ever be in Rachel at the same time, with well over a thousand people camping out in this community of 50+ people.  Roger and Rochelle have been friends with the owners of The Little A'Le'Inn where they can be found hanging out when they are in town...they live in Nevada more than California now.  Marcia and I visited Rachel back in 2014 before Roger and Rochelle owned property there, and that blog can be found here.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Dad Out of Hospital, Into Rehab

Dad Hospital on Monday
Above is Dad on Monday having lunch....


Here is dad today (Friday) eating lunch...what a change!  

So, what was his problem?  After I posted what I posted last Friday, I learned that he had Sepsis R/T UTI. In layman's terms, Sepsis is a serious problem where an infection has gone seriously out of whack. The "R/T" means "related to", and I think we all know what a UTI is.  By Sunday the nurse told me that he was no longer considered Septic, that they hit the infection with the proper antibiotic, and his kidney levels were back near normal.  By Tuesday the doctor said that the UTI was totally under control and that Friday would be the last of the antibiotic (all given through intravenously).  However, dad was still suffering from lack of strength, and he was showing signs of delirium.  Delirium is when one has confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment.  For instance, on Wednesday dad tosses off his covers and announces, "I need to get up."  I wondered if he meant that he needed to use the toilet, but he said "No, I just need to get out of bed."  Then he asks, "Where am I?"  I told him the hospital, and since he was so lucid at that moment, I told him all that I could think of about his condition.  He goes, "Oh, ya...I remember now."  The nurse comes in shortly after and I tell her, and dad looks at her and says, "It is like I awoke from a amnesia dream..."

Now in the above picture, we "WISH" he was always that happy and full of energy as the picture portrays.  But he still falls asleep fairly quickly, and he talks in his sleep way more than normal.  He still has his moments of confusion.  It hurts his back every time he has to get up, roll over on his side, even just moving the head of the bed up or down.  The last two days his appetite has returned (as much as a 91 year old has an appetite), and today the doctor decided it was time to send him off to skilled nursing for rehab therapy.  

Dad Rehab on Friday night

At 5 pm, he was moved back to the same rehab facility that he was in back at the end of May and through mid-June.  The above picture was taken around 6:30.  The move tired him out, and in rehab you don't have a room to yourself, but the guy he shares his room with seems to be very alert and quiet.  We hope that he will regain his strength so that he can return to the Assisted Living facility where they live...time will tell.