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Happy Birthday Dad!

Happy Birthday Dad!Today is dads birthday- Thankfully he can spend it out of the hospital. From all accounts, and according to Kenny, dad is doing excellent. He slept great and had been doing really good at Kenny’s. A Home Health Manager came today to see how he was doing, and whether he could take care of himself. Kenny says he is still having a lot of problems with his depth perception- so that would mean no driving yet. He also said he needs a lot more physical therapy to build his strength up. But for all practical purposes he is doing great. Here is a photo Kenny snapped on his cellphone so I could update everyone. He has his eyes closed- but even so you can still see dads spirit shinning through brightly. He looks so much better than he did while I was there.

Dad… as of 5:30pm July 14th

It appears dad will be getting out of the hospital tomorrow. When I talked to him today- he still sounded really clear in his thinking and aware of the things around him. I can’t say how mush weight has been lifted these last 2 days. We went from a week ago believing that we would have to put dad in a care center, to now believing that with a little more time and therapy he will be on his own again. What an awesome feeling! He told me that he had a special Therapy session where the 2 big wigs were there (his Dr’s) and they were making him go through a handful of exercises- walking sideways with one foot crossing the other- walking backwards, turning around and walking backwards to where he started… Mostly to check his balance and coordination I’m sure. He said they were pleased with his progress.

I found out today, when Kenny took dad back to the hospital a week ago- someone there told him that dad was fine and that perhaps Kenny was the problem. I can’t believe they said that to him. Kenny did everything he could, and then some for dad. I guess since they couldn’t see an obvious problem, then of course there couldn’t be anything wrong. They have since admitted to dad and Kenny that it was their mistake in medicating him. I’m glad Kenny has gotten a little affirmation that he did what he could- and that NO it wasn’t his fault that dad was being so combative. The last 3 days that dad was with Kenny, he didn’t even know who Kenny was. He was so confused he had no idea what was going on.

Kenny was telling me today that the look in dads eyes has even changed greatly. A week ago they were kind of empty and lost. They are now filled with life and spark. Kenny will be taking dad back to his house again- I don’t expect there will be the problems that they had the first time around.

Even though this isn’t the end of the story of dads recovery- I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who sent their thoughts and prayers to dad and the family. It really means a lot.

Dad… as of 5:00pm July 13th

When I talked to dad today- it was a lot like talking to pre brain injury dad… we had a good conversation and he seemed really clear about what was going on around him. Aside from the extremely loud tv in his room, he seemed just like he use to be. He asked me about fishing- told me that Kenny hadn’t been catching much… At one point he said he felt like he was in prison, rather than a hospital. He told me they had monitors on his bed and chair- and any time he got up they would go off… I told him they had those on his bed while I was there- his response was that I hadn’t been to see him yet this year- when I told him I spent a week with him at the hospital, he just kinda sighed and said that the nurses admitted that the Dr’s had over medicated him. But it seems that they are getting things leveled out. It was so scary seeing how confused he was while I was there- but if this conversation is any indication- then he is becoming more clear headed.

Dad… as of 2:00pm July 11th

Things seem to be looking up- During Kenny’s visit with dad today, Kenny said he was a lot more coherent and not as confused as he had been. He knew what day it was, where as in the past he would have to sit and think about it- and typically had to look a the calendar to figure it out! Not to say this is the cure all, but it sounds like the change in meds has made a markable change in his cognitive state. And when I talked to him on the phone he seemed to be more alert! At this time there is a nurse with him at all times- she tracks his every move on a log- this way they can monitor the changes as he takes his meds. From what Kenny was saying, they believe his meds are responsible for about 99% of his abnormal behaviors from the last few weeks. They want to keep him for about another week to make sure the med changes is working well. It also appears that Dad doesn’t remember even being at Kennys. Which is probably a good thing since there was the confrontation between the two of them. Lets just hope this change in meds make all the difference…

Back in the hospital…

Dad is back in the hospital, they need to evaluate his medication. Last night he got up in the middle of the night and was really confused. My brother went in to see what he was up to and I guess my dad elbowed him in the mouth saying that Kenny was trying to set the house on fire, and wasn’t going to let anyone out of the house. It took a long time Back in the hospital...for Kenny to calm him down- he even had to show dad his drivers license to prove that he was indeed Kenny. After he was settled, Kenny put him back in bed and within just minutes he was back up freaking out that he had seen an intruder walking in the living room (which was actually Kenny). It got to the point that Kenny couldn’t keep him calm or restrained and he ended up taking him to the hospital for an evaluation. We are hoping his increased agitation is just an imbalance in his meds and not from the brain injury, or Alzheimer’s. I hate the feeling of helplessness, but I know there is nothing I can do- there is no way I would be able to restrain him if I were there. Kenny is pretty upset- he’s feeling like he has let dad down. We have all tried to tell Kenny he did the best he could, and he shouldn’t beat himself up about it all. I’m proud of Kenny for doing what he has. Unless a change in medication makes a huge difference in his cognitive state, there will be no choice but to put him in a care facility.

Finally…. an update about Dad!
(and my trip to Nebraska)

Finally.... an update about Dad! (and my trip to Nebraska)
Finally.... an update about Dad! (and my trip to Nebraska)Well, it’s been quite awhile since I last updated… Anyway, here it is about 3 1/2 weeks since my dad fell. We found out what actually happened- Apparently he was letting his cute dog JR out the back door, when JR accidentally tripped him up. He fell down 2 flights of stairs and was knocked out for about 2.5 hours. As you know, just over 3 weeks ago he had surgery to remove a blood clot from the right side of his brain and they have continued to monitor the bleeding on the rest of the brain. He appears to be out of the woods physically, but he still has a lot of issues related to the brain injury.

Finally.... an update about Dad! (and my trip to Nebraska)
Dad is being released from the hospital tomorrow afternoon (Thursday) and he will be staying with my brother Kenny while he continues outpatient rehabilitation where he will recieve Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy. He still struggles with short term memory loss as well as confusion. He has some medical conditions that are contributing to his confusion, and hopefully once things balance out for him, he will become more aware of his surroundings. The Dr told us he was “expected” to return to a fairly normal state, he of course will suffer some sort of deficit from the brain injury, but we can only hope it’s fairly limited. I know Kenny is nervous about the responsibility ahead of him with dad living with him (hopefully he will only be there temporarily and can return to living on his own again), but I know Kenny possesses everything in his heart that he will need to help dad.
Finally.... an update about Dad! (and my trip to Nebraska)

While I was in Nebraska, I got to see a few other people who are special to me- Above: My good friend Mary drove to Kearney from North Platte to have lunch with me- It was her birthday, so it made a special visit even better! Below: I got to spend some time with my Grandma- I sure miss her. I also spent time with Aunt Barb and Uncle Mose (although I didn’t get a photo of them… darn it!) Here’s a special shout out to Uncle Mose- “Thanks Uncle Mose- you’re a sweetheart!” (he knows why…)

Finally.... an update about Dad! (and my trip to Nebraska)

For the record… I am now in Nashville, TN and will be home tomorrow afternoon!

Dad… as of 5:30 p.m. June 24th

Dad... as of 5:30 p.m. June 24th

Dad seems to be regaining some of his strength. He is still weak, but not as bad as before- above he is talking on the phone to his sister (my Auntie Barb). I guess last night he was being mischievous- he was trying to flush things down the toilet that don’t belong there… and he was using the “pliers” that they removed his staples with to try and take apart the remote. Today he got himself lost in another part of the hospital and they had to go fetch him. They has since put a monitor on his ankle (like a common criminal) and it goes off anytime he passes through certain doors- that will help to keep him corralled. He is still pretty confused, but the most recent CAT-scan came back looking good, so we’re happy about that. It sounds like he will be there at least 2 more weeks, which of course he isn’t happy about, but today I told him I was real proud of him for doing his therapy like he is suppose to, hopefully that kind of encouragement will keep him on track.

Dad… June 23rd

Dad doesn’t seem to be as confused as he has for the last two days, although he did call Kenny this morning telling him to come get him- he claimed the doctor said he could go home. Of course that wasn’t the case. When we got there after his therapy, the nurse told us he was pretty mad that we hadn’t gone to pick him up! I guess he got over it, since he wasn’t mad when he saw us. We still don’t know when he will be released, according to him it will be 3 weeks… But can we believe What he says? It would be good if they keep him that long since he is so weak and wobbly.

Fathers Day with… Dad

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Dad seemed pretty confused today- before we got to the hospital I got a call from my Aunt saying that dad had said they took him to a new hospital… he claimed he was in Loup City, but the nurse assured him he was still in Kearney. And then when we got up there to see him, he informed us that “they had taken him to Council Bluffs last night at 10 and he had just got back about 10 minutes ago… “ Later in the conversation he told us he had been working on his bows til 2am, he had tuned them up. There were several things he was obviously confused about. He just doesn’t seem to be able to put his thoughts together very well- and I think he is getting dreams and reality confused.

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Dad and my dorky brother…

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Dad… As of 06.20.2009 6:00pm

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Here’s a so-so pic of dad! He seems to be doing well! He still needs a lot of rehabilitation, but thats to be expected.