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I'm setting this up for Jamie and his friends and family on August 26, 2018. Jamie was recently hospitalized at Inova Alexandria Hospital August 16-19, 2018, after having wandered away from home in confusion, suffering from hepatic encephalopathy. The amazing health care providers at the hospital helped put in place a care plan in accordance with Jamie's requests and preferences, arranged for home health care, and began the arrangements for Jamie's eventual transition to home hospice care. We've begun the admissions process with Capital Caring for hospice/palliative care. Jamie does not want to pursue a liver transplant or any other type of heroic efforts to treat his advanced cirrhosis. He also suffers from COPD. We are trying to do everything we can to control his symptoms (the most prominent of which is confusion and disorientation; he also suffers with digestive symptoms and difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, as well as weakness, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, incontinence) and keep him as comfortable and independent as he can be.
Unfortunately, Jamie took a bad fall when he tried to do too much without assistance at home, and he needed to be transported by Alexandria Fire Department back to Inova Alexandria Hospital emergency department on August 25, 2018. The excellent and caring medics were supportive and helpful, we got CT scans to rule out any serious head and neck injury, and he was released to come back home within only a few hours. He has a visit scheduled with his home health nurse on Monday, August 27, and we're meeting with his primary care doctor at the VA on Tuesday morning, Aug. 28. I'm hoping to use the calendar feature of this website to help friends and family schedule visits. I don't want Jamie to be overwhelmed with too many visitors all at once, but he does want to see everyone and be able to spend some quality time with each of his visitors.