I decided it was time to use CaringBridge to keep family and friends updated about the health of my dad, Carlos. Those closest to him knows what's going on, but now it's time to keep people updated this way. His closest family members, including those in Mexico, will be given more direct information first at times.
Dad has been in Congestive Heart Failure for years and his kidneys have not been well for some time. Everything had been relatively stable for the last few years, with some slowing down as he ages. Recently walking became more tiring and he started complaining of being out of breath. I would check his oxygen level at home at it was fine. Eventually he needed so much help just walking to the bathroom and even dressing that we knew it was time to go to the hospital.
He was admitted to the hospital. His body was in cardiogenic shock, though he did not have a heart attack. Basically with his congestive heart failure his heart has gotten weak to the point it is not pumping enough blood to meet his body's needs. This began impacting his also delicate kidneys and so his urine production slowed down significantly which also led to water retention in his legs primarily. They gave him medicine to bring his blood pressure into the normal range, but that can only be used temporarily, and they had to slowly give him his diuretics, because they also lower his blood pressure. Doctors were looking at that point his kidneys could recover, and his blood pressure was stabilized. He was released to transitional care for physical therapy to strengthen him back again so he go home.
He started off well with therapy and were thinking it would be about a week before he'd be strong enough to go home. His weight was going up again, and not from food but rather he was retaining more water again. That also made it more difficult to walk and move. He was getting weaker. Also his urine output continued to decease even more. It got to the point that he came back into the hospital. Basically at this point his heart is too weak to pump the blood properly to where it meets his body's needs(blood pressure still gets too low) and the kidneys are failing. Dialysis is out of the question because it will take his already low blood pressure to an extremely low level.
At this point as a family we talked and are leaning to see what makes dad more comfortable and bringing him home and giving him what he needs there. At this point we have to figure out how may sister and can do all this for my dad. Mom was able to be at home and my dad deserves that as well.
As many of you know our family has been through a lot lately. We continue to rely on our faith and put this in God's hand. Please keep my dad and all of us in your prayers.
He decidido usar CaringBridge para mantener información sobre el salud de mi papá, Carlos. Los cercanos ya saben lo que esta pasando. Los mas cercanos de la familia, incluyendo los en Mexico, a veces van a recibir noticias mas directo.
Mi papa ya tiene muchos años con insuficiencia cardíaca congestiva y mal también de sus riñones. Ha estado estable con todo pero pasando los años ha estado poco a poco mas lento con las cosas. Ultimamente se empezó a cansar muchisimo mas que sentía como que le faltaba aire, pero su nivel de oxigeno estaba bien. Llego a un punto que necesitaba ayuda para cambiarse y llegar al baño. Decidimos llevarlo al hospital.
Fue internado. Su cuerpo estaba en shock cardiogénico, pero no le dio un infarto. Su corazón se ha deteriorado al punto que no produce la presión suficiente para circular la sangre necesario para su cuerpo. Eso le esta afectando los riñones que produce poquito orina, entonce su cuerpo ha retenido mas agua, especialmente en los pies y piernas. Lo trataron con medicina para mejor su presión, pero esa medicina es temporal. Se mejoro su presión y pensaron que se puede recupera los riñones. Le dieron de alta del hospital a una centro de recuperación donde le dan terapias física para reponer sus fuerzas.
Empezó con la terapias con buen resultados y pensaba que solo le iba necesitar una semana para poder irse a la casa. Pero su peso subió de nuevo y continuó reteniendo agua. Se pudo de nuevo tener mas dificultad de caminar y mover. Se puso aun mas débil y produjo much menos orina. Tenia que mandarlo de nuevo al hospital. En total su corazón esta muy débil para dar circular bien la sangre en su cuerpo y sus riñones esta fallando mas que produce bien poca. No le pueden hacer el diálisis porque se le baja aun mas su presión.
Como familia discutimos que lo mejor es tener mi papá cómodo y llevarlo a la casa. Allí le podemos dar lo que necesita. Mi hermana y yo estamos planeando como cuidarlo en casa. Mi mamá pudo estar en casa y mi papá merece lo mismo.
Ya saben mucho de Uds. que nuestra familia hemos pasado por cosas difíciles últimamente. Tenemos nuestro fe y todo esta en manos de Dios. Pedimos oraciones para mi papá y la familia.