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10/6/2016 Latest post:
As many of you know our dad had a Stroke in June of this year that effected his speech and communication. After the initial hospital visit he went for rehab at Maryville for about a month. He was home for about a month when he had a slight fall where he hurt his back and ended up back in the hospital for about a week. There we learned he has some other complications related to the stroke. The biggest issue is that anything he eats or drinks can get stuck in his throat and can go into his airway causing Pneumonia and he doesn't make any noise that it's there, hence the diagnosis silent aspirations. It was recommended for him not to eat or drink by mouth but to have a feeding tube for safety.
He has opted not to go this route and wants to be at home and comfortable with my Mom and is now on Hospice care. He is happy to be able to have my Mom cook for him although his appetite is low. He currently has moderate pneumonia and he sleeps a lot of the day and is off and on with oxygen. At this point he is in no pain and is comfortable and we will make sure it stays that way through the process.
As of this week My sisters and I are taking turns to be the Covert Caregivers each day to make sure my Mom has the help and the rest she needs. I feel she has a better understanding of what is going on after both the Nurse and Social Worker explained how things will go and she seems in pretty good spirits.
My Dad has asked that only immediate family visit but would still love to get notes and cards in the mail or you can send an email to me and I will read it to him. Thanks for all your love and support and I'll update as warranted.
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