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1/26/2017 Latest post:
Dave was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia almost six years ago. He was able to stay at home until September 7, 2016, when we moved him into Seventh Heaven, an elder group home in Dubuque. But after three weeks his disease progressed more quickly than we anticipated, and we moved him to Stonehill Fransiscan Services. Dad/Dave was able to stay at home for that long because of the loving care he received 24/7 from our amazing mom, Ann.
On Monday, January 16, 2017 Dad/Dave fell at Stonehill and broke his hip. He wasn't able to have surgery until Wednesday, January 18. The Dr was able to do a partial hip replacement and he came through the surgery OK.
However, both the fall and the surgery were very hard on Dave both physically and mentally, especially because of his Lewy Body Dementia. Dave is not able to have physical therapy because of his dementia and his inability to comprehend directions.
Today, Tuesday, January 24, Dave returned to his room at Stonehill. The transfer went well. We met with Hospice to make sure he is comfortable and his pain is under control.
Even though he will be sleeping more than he had been, visitors are most welcome. He is on the second floor in the memory care household. Directions on how to get to his room: come in the main entrance, turn left at the front desk, at the end of that hall is the nurse's station, turn left at the nurse's station. At the end of that hall on the left is an elevator - that will take you to second floor, directly outside of Dave's household. You can enter the household without a code, but upon leaving the staff will let you out. Dave's room number is 615.
Thank you for continued support, love, prayers and friendship. Our prayer for Dad/Dave is for peace and comfort.
We will share with Dave all the notes and support that he and our family receives through this Care Page. We know it will put a smile on his face.
Through the up's and down's of our journey with Lewy Body Dementia disease, Dave continues to make us laugh with his wit and will flash that big, beautiful smile that charms us all. What a gift to be able to retain his wonderful sense of humor.
Much love and gratitude, Ann, Bob and Barb
Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.