Friday, October 9, 2009

Closer to Home

Dad's still working toward going home and it seems like he's getting closer.  Mom and Dad do physical therapy 3 times a day and he's getting stronger.  The pain pump's been removed.  All that is left is the IV bag, TPN , and fistula bag.  TPN currently gives him all of the nutrition that he needs and will continue to do so when he goes home. He is adjusting to the fact that his diet will only be medicine cups full of water or Dr. Pepper and occasional popsicles.   We still pray that some time down road the bowel will be able to be fixed and will one day be able to eat again.  In the mean time he looks forward to riding around to look at the fields,  being able to attend family get-togethers, going outside whenever he wishes, and spending more time with the grandchildren.  This is his second chance; he doesn't want to miss a thing!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

He's Still Got It In Him

Now don't let 8+ months of hospitalization or 94 surgeries let your mechanic skills get rusty.  The wheels on dad's walker were in desperate need of some oiling and without some good WD-40 available, he had to be resourceful.  Some mineral oil (that is really intended for his ears) and a syringe did the trick.  (probably not as well as WD-40, but definitely an improvement)  Good News is that we've ordered a new walker - one fit for a man who loves the outdoors, with rubber tires and all!

On another note dad had a small set back this weekend with an infection, but thankfully antibiotics seem to be working.