Archives for: March 2010


Permalink 09:48:54 am, by John Email , 116 words, 1035 views   English (US)
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Update on Jack

I got a call this morning from the nursing home. Dad had gotten out of bed last night and disconnected things (including his personal alarm) and then fallen. They said he was really confused when that happened (about 2AM). He seems to get more confused when he is really tired. He was not injured and is back in bed now. They are n ow having the opposite problem with his blood pressure. It is going too low. They are now withholding the blood pressure medicine to try to get it stabilized. The therapists have not been able to asses him because of the low blood pressure and will not be able to until it is stable.


Permalink 04:19:10 pm, by John Email , 178 words, 1001 views   English (US)
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The Palace - day 4

Dad was moved to The Palace facility Friday. I just spoke with the Director of Clinical Care there. He is anxious to get out of there and not happy at all to be there. He will be evaluated by the therapists tomorrow. He will most likely get therapy 5 times a week. He needs to get his strength back so he can get himself out of bed and around on his own. His swallowing will need some work so he can get off of the feeding tube and he will need some help with his speech. His speech is better in the morning, but by late in the day he gets tired and really hard to understand. I wish we would have been able to get him into a facility that is closer to his friends, but the only other one that had accepted him had really bad reviews and a low rating from the state. I figured it was better to get him into a better facility with the hope that he will get out of there quicker.


Permalink 02:46:48 pm, by John Email , 113 words, 1025 views   English (US)
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Dad's moving

Dad is moving to The Palace in Red Boiling Springs this afternoon. He was accepted to two facilities and this one was much higher rated. Not sure what he will need when he gets there. Roger will be checking on him early next week to see what he needs. Hopefully this will be a short term thing and he will be back home soon. I tried to talk to him on the phone earlier, but he had been speaking with the nurses for a while and I had a hard time understanding him. He is easier to understand when he hasn't been speaking much. I think his vocal chords get tired or something.


Permalink 06:25:17 am, by John Email , 124 words, 1030 views   English (US)
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First off, for those who haven't been to visit Dad. He is doing very well. There is really not much to report, as every day he gets a little better and stronger. He may go to a rehab facility tomorrow, if he let's them take him. He has his cell phone and laptop and is making calls. Thank you all for your prayers and concern for him. Please continue to pray for his continued recovery and that he does not need to be in rehab for long.

Sarah and Kathy are doing fine. We may get to leave the hospital today. Kathy is up and walking around and not in too much pain. Here are few pictures of the girls (Kathy, Hannah, and Sarah).


Permalink 09:19:44 am, by John Email , 32 words, 1101 views   English (US)
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We have a girl!

Sarah Faith was born at 8:05 this morning! She weighed 9lb 11oz.and measures 19.5 inches long. Mom and daughter are doing fine. In the recovery room now. Will post some pictures later today.

Permalink 06:31:09 am, by John Email , 17 words, 913 views   English (US)
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Prepping for delivery

We are now in the hospital getting ready for the C-section. Everything is looking good so far.


Permalink 06:07:23 pm, by John Email , 104 words, 866 views   English (US)
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Day 39 - Jack's Back

Dad made his first real attempt to get out of the hospital today. The hospital is still standing, nobody got seriously injured, and Dad is resting comfortably with medication now, so it all worked out OK. I consider this a good day as it really shows Dad's getting stronger, his voice is getting better and he realizes what is happening. He is also drinking water from a cup now, which means his swallowing is better. Please pray that Dad allows the doctors and nurses to do what is needed to get him better and that he continues to progress as well as he has.


Permalink 09:43:03 am, by John Email , 129 words, 946 views   English (US)
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Day 38 - The move postponed

The where supposed to have moved Dad to a rehab facility yesterday, but it got postponed. Because he has a contagious infection, the facilities would not take him. The infectious disease doctor saw him yesterday afternoon and said that he should be good to move on Monday or Tuesday. It appears that he will be going to The Palace in Red Boiling Springs, TN. It is a 3 star facility and was highly recommended by his case worker. We have been unable to find a place for him closer to Nashville or in the Memphis area. By all reports he is doing very well. His speech is improving everyday and his short term memory is improving. His blood pressure is stable now and his swallowing is slowly improving as well.


Permalink 09:17:04 pm, by John Email , 277 words, 909 views   English (US)
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Day 35 - Evening Update

Dad is doing much better. He is alert and his short term memory seems to be improving. He is frustrated because he wants to talk, but is still very hard to understand. The therapists had him standing today and will have him walk tomorrow. The speech therapist is going to try some yogurt tomorrow and see how he does with it. They are working to get him off of the feeding tube. Roger tells me that he is seeing improvement everyday and that Dad is the best he has seen him since he went in. Dad is asking questions about what the therapists and nurses are doing and understands explanations. He seems to be progressing at a good pace now. Doctors have told me that he may be released as early as Friday to a rehab facility. He has been accepted to two additional facilities. So far none of the facilities is very close to Nashville or Memphis. One of the facilities he has been accepted to is highly recommended by his case manager and is supposed to be pretty good. It may be his choice as to where he goes if he is understanding and remembering what he is told. The doctors will ask him about things instead of me. I suspect if the ask him, he will tell them he wants to go home and not to a rehab facility. He might have to be convinced of the need to go to a facility for a period of time until he can take care of himself without assistance. Please continue to pray for his continued improvement, for his ability to swallow and his speech improve.


Permalink 11:39:14 am, by John Email , 161 words, 990 views   English (US)
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Day 34 - Out of ICU

Dad's ICU nurse just called me and let me know he has been moved out of ICU and up to the 6th floor. He is in room 611 if you would like to visit with him. She said he was talking a lot and making good sense. He mumbles so it is a bit hard to understand him. She said he didn't remember why he was there and didn't remember much of anything since he got there. She said that was expected. She said his blood pressure was normal, he was tolerating the tube feedings well, and that he was having no trouble breathing as long as he kept the "tent" on. When he doesn't have that, his oxygen level drops to around 80% which is low. With it on, it is between 95 and 100. Please pray that he does well out of ICU and that he continues to improve. The next step is to get him into a rehab facility (aka nursing home).


Permalink 10:54:53 am, by John Email , 162 words, 856 views   English (US)
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Day 33 - Morning Update

Dad's nurse said his breathing is good. She stopped short of saying he is doing well because he managed to pull out his feeding tube some. They were able to reset it without going back to surgery, but that is a step backwards for him because they have to reverify that he is tolerating it well. She said his blood pressure has increased some due to them not being able to give him the medication into his stomach because the tube was dislodged. It sounds like he is getting anxious to get out of there. I asked of he was getting therapy while he is in the ICU. The nurse said he is getting physical therapy, but not speech therapy. He needs the speech therapy to help him with swallowing. She is supposed to be checking with the doctor on that. He may still move out of ICU today, but she sounded less positive about it because of the feeding tube issue.

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