Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
As far as we can piece together, Dad fell on Sunday, Sept. 19th and was brought to the ER at So. NH Med. Ctr. where they diagnosed 6 fractured ribs and head injury.
He was transferred to a regular floor for both Monday and Tuesday with many signs of improvement from Monday to Tuesday. Early in the morning (1:00 am) Wednesday, Dad began to decline, his breathing became labored and there were signs of aspiration pneumonia. He was agitated, restless, frustrated and moving too much most of Tuesday and Wednesday. One of his fractured ribs pierced the left lung so there was both blood and air leaking. A chest tube was inserted to help with this situation on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. His right lung collapsed by 50% and his doctor Wednesday thought it would be best to transfer dad to ICU. On Thursday, a procedure was done to empty the right lung (aspiration pneumonia) in the hopes it would begin to re-inflate and heal. While the procedure was a success, the right lung is a little slow to respond, at this time.
He was transferred and the ICU staff put him on the hi-flow oxygen, IV antibiotics as well as fluids (Saline/Glucose solution), and an anxiety medication to help him stay calmer.
When Jeff and Mark went to see him on Thursday he recognized Jeff and asked Jeff to take off the mitts they had put on dad's hands to stop him removing the IVs. Dad's strong will and stubbornness are coming loud and strong!! The staff at SNHMC have been incredible and they know that Sox is NOT your average 91 year old.
Visitors are limited to just two people which are Jeff and Mark, at this time. As soon as Dad is able, we will bring his phone in so he can communicate with him.