Monday, February 23, 2015

See What Tomorrow Brings

Dad finally got into a room mid-afternoon in the Hamon wing which is for cardiac patients. His temperature immediately rose to 102. He was given some Tylenol, the fever broke and dropped to 100. He had some chicken noodle soup and stabilized.

After a long day with Dad at the hospital, Mary went back to the apartment to gather some things. (In the rush, Dad left without his glasses!) When she returned, Helen who had been there much of the day, left and went home. Mary planned to stay the night.

I spent the day making a beef stew (quite delicious if I say so myself!) I took servings to Mary and Dad at the hospital and smuggled in the remnants of a rockin' bottle of red wine. Much appreciated especially by Mary, who, like her Mother, starves herself in times of crisis and above all does NOT eat hospital food. Mom would always bring homemade meals to Dad which he always relished. The fact that he did not feel up to even a bite of the stew is a crisis of appetite that could only be described by the great P.G. Wodehouse himself.

Needless to say they continue to run tests. Confirmed symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Elevated Liver Enzymes
  • High white blood cell count
Negative tests include:
  • Simple influenza test
  • CT scan of the liver
  • Chest x-rays
Tests in progress include:
  • A more in depth influenza test
  • Culture for staph infection
  • Culture for MRSA
And I might be forgetting something, but I think I got it right.

We had a good visit and he was resting comfortably when we left. Hopefully we'll learn more when the doctors make their morning rounds.

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