Archive for August 5th, 2009

PCU Room

Nurses got Dad moved up to the PCU (Progressive Care Unit) in his own room, #6327, around 9:00 tonight. All in all, Dad has gotten up 3 times today, which is solid. Each following day he will continue to forge ahead in terms of walking distance. Before we know, nurses said he will be doing 1 lap, then 2, then 3 around the hallways. He’s regaining strength in his body quickly.

We got there at 8:15 am this morning and just left at 9:30 pm. You can tell he wants to rest, and he should get another good night of sleep. His second meal will be in the morning at 6:00 am for breakfast.

Two days have elapsed quite fast. I’ll post more updates tomorrow about Dad. Day 2 down in the books =)

-Adam

Moving to a Room

Dad’s nurse just came in and said dad will be moving to a room in PCU tonight. It seemed to be all a matter of finding a bed, it sounded as if it were full up there. So that is good news. The nurse said that it will be quieter up there, he can rest better, and heal up. Right now we are in ICU and right across the hall from the nurses station, so we can hear things beeping, people talking, and so on. Which isn’t too bad, but it will be nice to be upstairs in a more private room.

Grandpa and Donna were here today, as well as Grammie. Dad likes to have the visitors and it is nice for everyone to see him looking well. He is getting more color back in his skin.

Not much exciting has happened today. The respiratory therapist has been having dad do breathing treatments every 4 hours. She also mentioned that we need to have dad do this smaller hand-held treatment every hour tomorrow. This is to prevent pneumonia and keep the lungs working great.

To move dad up a floor they will get him up, walk a short way, ride a wheelchair up, and then get re-situated in a bed. It is good to get him up walking.

We will be going home soon I am sure, it is 8:10pm here, to let dad and ourselves get a rest. Maybe we will wait until he moves upstairs if it is not too long until we do that. We will write more tomorrow, and make it as exciting as we can. Keep in touch. Thanks for the monkey, dad loves it, even took a short cat nap with it. Thanks for the love and support.

-Love, Lauren

Meal Time

Sorry I couldn’t post until now. The internet browser would not pull up websites from the Hospital network.

Dad had his first meal since surgery a roughly 2 hours ago. It consisted of scalloped potatoes with ham, green peas, celery and carrot sticks, jello and milk. He ate a decent portion, but stopped after he ate a carrot which was hard hard to digest from being hard to chew. Dad said that’s “one expensive meal.” I included a picture of it below.

It’s 7:45 and he will be in a room by tomorrow morning. He received a monkey from Tonja, Tracy, Gabe and the girls symbolizing Mr. Stubbs, his favorite stuffed animal from childhood that he carried everywhere. -Adam

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Second Walk

Dad just completed his second walk. Lots of pressure on his back and chest make it hard to stand up. The same walking procedure though, slowly and surely behind a wheelchair. This time, he walked a little farther outside of his sitting spot. Now he’s resting in his ICU room bed, upon his preference. He’s well bundled up after getting the chills. He wants to eat tonight, so we’ll see what he’s offered. Maybe mashed potato, something easy for him to eat. -Adam

First Walk

Dad just had a short walk in the ICU building. He got up out of his chair and had an approximate 10 foot walk with the balance of a wheelchair. So he’s getting stronger. He’ll probably nap a lot today and continue to do tests with the nurses. He’s done two breathing tests this morning and those went well.

-Adam

ICU

Just arrived here at the hospital for Dad’s second day. He moved up to ICU around 5 am this morning and is currently resting in a lazy-boy chair. Right as we walked in he welcomed Mom and I. The first thing he’s ate this morning is an orange jello. It’s good to see him leaning up and sitting forward in the chair and talking with us. I asked him if he remembered anything about yesterday and he said just his shower and talking to us late at night.

Doctor Bibler said his vitals will all be taken off today, and he should move to a room by tonight possibly. A room has to be available to change places. He’s still in great shape, his blood pressure etc.

Grandpa just stopped by to see Dad for the first time. He could tell Dad is worn out and would like to just keep his eyes closed to rest.

I’ll update more this afternoon. I’m glad you’re all enjoying the updates. Grandpa said how unique this has been and it’s definitely Dad. -Adam