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Aug 21, 2016
My Dad went into the hospital on Wednesday having difficulty with his mobility and some confusion. He has moderate dementia, but this behavior seemed more severe then usual. Staff could not figure out exactly what caused the decline. MRI showed no strokes or seizures, his blood work came back great and he had good strength physically. After 2 nights in the hospital, Dad seemed a bit more steady on his feet, had a great appetite, alert and was ready to go home. After arriving at the hospital on Friday to pick him up, something did not seem quite right to us. It was decided to hold off on releasing him until he had a final physical therapy assessment. It was then decided he should stay another night because his oxygen levels dropped dramatically after any physical movement on his part. Saturday morning we got a call that Dad was in distress and having a hard time breathing. He was being sent to the ICU. My Dad is now on a ventilator, so his body can rest and the machine can breathe for him. They also discovered chronic pneumonia in his right lung, which was not showing on x-rays during his 3 day hospital stay. He is also being treated for that. The goal is to treat and eliminate the pneumonia and wean him off the tube so his lungs can work on their own. All your prayers and positive thoughts are needed and received.