As some of you may already know Bob has been in the hospital 3 times since September. The problem he has had over this time is basically the same issues he had back in March of this year, inflammation around the Abdominal Aortic Aneurism. This AAA, as it is called, was repaired back in 2008. In March of this year he was hospitalized with a blood infection, and again this September, all as a result of this inflammation. This inflammation can manifest itself in different ways. While the most recent visits did not indicate any blood infections he was suffering with severe pain in his back. Hence, the reason he was hospitalized. In order to control the pain he was put on morphine. Even with morphine it was difficult to totally eliminate the pain. The only way the surgeon can determine exactly what is going on would be to perform surgery. At Bob's age and his current condition this is not a viable options. In fact, his surgeon told us that were Bob to undergo this surgery, which is considered Major, he would not survive.
Bob has lost weight over the past few months and is under 130 lbs. He does not have much of an appetite and his fluid intake is minimum. With all this going on the doctors suggested we consider Home Hospice Care. After talking with the doctors and meeting with someone from Home Hospice and the Palliative Care nurses we decided to take advantage of what was being offered.
Upon Bob's discharge from the hospital, hospice was at our home approximately 5 minutes after we got home. Bob is still experiencing pain but we have been able to manage it mostly with morphine. He is extremely weak and it is impossible for him to "get around" without help. In fact on two occasions he has tried to get up without me knowing. On the first instance I was in the room and able to break his fall the second time I was walking Keeper and came home to find Bob lying on the floor.
Needless to say this has been somewhat like a roller coaster ride with its ups and downs. He sleeps a good amount of the time, which is expected because of the pain meds and when he is awake he is still a little groggy. He still tells me every day how much he loves me and of course, there's Keeper. That little guy can always bring a HUGE smile to Bob's face. He is truly a treasure!
With all this said, family, neighbors and friends have been wonderful. They have been a great support and we are so blessed to know such special people. I will try and update this page on a regular basis and ask for your continued support and prayers during times.