Archive for August 7th, 2009

Coumadin

A nurse just came in to talk with Dad about a medication he will be on the rest of his life. It’s coumadin, and it prevents blood clots and is a blood thinner. Doctors will always keep a close eye on his blood levels.

He’s never really taken medication, but now will have to take this  5 mg “orange” pill daily. Some things he will start to have a routine for. He won’t be able to eat much green vegtables each week to offset his blood levels. He has the option to wear a bracelet that will easily let doctors know that he is on the prescription.

Right now he’s taking a nap. He said he has no appetitite right now but would like some BETTER food. The stuff he’s had he said they haven’t been good at all. As he was laying down just a second ago, he could hear his new valve working by his breathing if you listen closely. -Adam

Friday News

I have been here since about 11:00am, Dad was a little tired when I got here, but now he is really kickin’. After lunch he did a breathing treatment, Joel’s Parents stopped in on there way to McCook, and he got up for a walk, an entire lap around this floor. Right now Tim and Grammie are visiting again, dad is loving having these visitors. It keeps him awake too, which is good. He seems to be more “himself” when he is talking to people. I like to see him like that. Grammie said Kim and Tim are going to try and be here tomorrow, good news to dad. Hopefully one of us kids are around for that to get a photo of them all together.

Lunch wasn’t the best today either, but Del the Nurse said that it will take awhile for him to get his appetite back. Dad claims that nothing tastes really good. He does he the fruit every meal though.  

Dad is basically all un-hooked from the machines. He was taken off of the Insulin, Morphine, and whatever else he was hooked up to. Now he is able to get up and go to the bathroom also. The nurse says that maybe dad will be able to head home on Sunday, maybe in the afternoon. But, of course, we will keep you updated on that. They wouldn’t send him home early of course, but if he is well enough, being at home will be nice for him. And I think Oliver the cat knows something is up. He doesn’t seem to be himself.

Love, Lauren

(Adam will post some more pictures later, I don’t know how to do it)