After finding dad confused and on the floor we called an ambulance for what we thought was malnutrition and dehydration. The EMTs on arrival also noted what seemed to be a broken shoulder. Once at the ER dad was admitted to ICU for all of the above. The first few days were spent treating the lack of nutrition and dehydration. At this point they had confirmed a broken shoulder that would require surgery and had placed him in a sling.
After a few days, the doctors noted that some his lab levels were not returning to normal. After a few blood tests, they noticed signs for what we know now is multiple myeloma. He was moved to the Oncology Unit where he received his first round of chemo. The plan was to do a bone marrow biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and get genetic information to aid in treatment, but shortly after the chemo treatment he started to have a slight fever--originally thought to a side affect from the treatment, instead it was found that he had pneumonia and a UTI.
After having difficulty breathing, he was moved to CCU where he was placed on a ventilator, and had a tube placed to remove fluid on his lungs. At this point he was sedated enough they were able to place in a feeding tube through his nose to continue with nutrition and to build strength.
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