Topic: My Dad's Progress
My Dad slips a little each day. He is currently going through stages. He is very jaundice and confused. He has not additional pain or nausea. Thank goodness! He will sleep for two to three days waking only for bathroom and sips of water or something cold to eat. He won't be up at all and my sister and I will keep a vigil day and night. Then he will walk down the hall in his boxers scratching his head! Talk about scaring us! He'll ask what everyone is doing. Then he'll be awake for most of the day and then go through the same thing again. Other days he is pretty grouchy and demanding. It's wearing us out.
Another new development is because he is sleeping so much we ordered a hospital bed. It looked like it was from the 1950s. Metal railings, narrow, and only partly motorized! After he was in it for two days, he was not happy. We called Hospice and we were sure they understood we wanted a proper hospital bed. That's not what we got! The medical equipment company only wanted to attach a motor to make it go up and down. We told them to take the whole thing away! We have had other issues with this Hospice service, so we are switching on Monday. We picked a bummer one. I was against switching at first, but my family assured me it would be a smooth transition. I am his main caregiver. It has been an up and down weekend for sure. Good thing is my dad doesn't know any of this and he really won't care. We just told him a new bed was coming on Monday and that they were closed for the weekend.