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update on my dad

Dad had the procedure for taking a biopsy from his lung. (Did I mention that they couldn't use anesthesia because of his emphasyema?) That was at six yesterday morning. They brought him back to the room and said it would be two hours before they could take him to x-ray to be sure that his lung wasn't leaking anywhere. (Sounds weird, doesn't it?) So they took him two hours later, brought him back up to his room and told him to relax and wait for the doctor. Dad and mom figured it would be another few hours before they saw him. About 15 minutes later, in walks a doctor and he told dad that first of all they found more abnormalities on the x-ray and secondly his right lung is collapsing. They needed to take him right in for another procedure that could hook the lung to his rib, inflate it back up again, and shoot it with meds that help heal and seal. (Again without any anesthesia.) This was all done at about 10:30. The doctor came back in and said that dad would be staying the night. Dad told him, he was 87 years old and they weren't going to tell him what he could or couldn't do. He was going home to sleep in his recliner last night. Finally they discharged him at 7:30 p.m. and the family drove him home to relax. He's exhausted, but doing pretty well. He won't find out about the biopsy until probably Tuesday, unless someone actually works on it tomorrow. Dad has to go back up to the hosptial tomorrow, be admitted again and have more x-rays and tests done. He is not a happy camper. I talked to him on the phone and he sounded so weak and frail. Made my heart hurt. He is surrounded by family so he doesn't need me there right now. But depending on the test results, I will be going soon enough. I will upate this post tomorrow with more news. Hopefully it'll be good news. There are just some days that I wish I lived closer. :(

Hugs, Patt

Update: Dad went up this morning at 7 and they kept him until 3:30 and finally took the tube out of him and watched him for another hour to make sure he was all right. He's home now and so glad that's over with. He's sore, but feeling better. So now, he doesn't care what the tests come back and say, because he's not doing any other therapy. Things will be fine. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. It helped me a great deal.

Hugs, Patt


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Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed they can do something.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
Dad has already said that if it's cancer, he's not going to undergo treatment. He's not strong enough and wants to live his last year or years without doing chemo. So either way the tests turn out, he's going to be doing things his way and thats okay. He's had a really good, long and happy life. He told me tonight he had no complaints. I have my fingers crossed that it's just some infection or something, but we just have to wait.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)

*sending all the best vibes to your dad*
*hugs you*
Sep. 2nd, 2011 10:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, I need those hugs desperately.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)

It is frustrating being that far away, and I hope you can see him soon.

Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Laurie. I really miss him today. October is just a hop, skip and jump away. Right?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
(((hugs)))) Patt!

I know you wish to be with them. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you, Sue.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
My mom had lung cancer in addition to her breast cancer, so I know how those procedures go and how they can collapse a lung, all without anesthesia! It's very uncomfortable and I applaud your dad for being a trooper, but also standing up for what he will and won't do.

Hope for the best!!!! {{{Hugs}}}}
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Grey. He is a trooper. I miss him and wish I was there right now to hug him. But October isn't far away at all.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)

It's so hard not to be there. I understand completely.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
I'll be sending good thoughts for you and your dad, Patt. I do love that he just wouldn't hear of staying in the hospital overnight and went to sleep at home--then went back in the morning.

I'll be hoping for good news!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
I just talked to my brother Paul and he said that dad had a rough night. I guess that tube in the lung hurts quite a bit. So they're all hoping that it'll come out this morning. I'm anxious to hear.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say thank you for your good wishes and thoughts. Geeze, can you tell I haven't slept?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:32 pm (UTC)
Hugs and good thoughts to you and your family.

BTW, how's Vincent?
Sep. 2nd, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
The two antiboitics that they gave him did the trick. He's almost normal again. Physically, anyhow. LOL He's doing well. Thank you for asking.
Sep. 2nd, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear your dad is having such a rough time. I hope he heals up fast. *hugs you hard*
Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I just talked with my sister and she told me that dad is doing pretty well considering. They are talking about letting him go home soon. The tube is out and dad is thrilled about that.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
*sending you hugs*

Aaww the poor guy's had a rough couple of days, but he's definitely a fighter and sounds like a really strong character. I'm glad to hear that he's back home again.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
Yes and I'll be down at his house in a week, for a three week visit. I'll help them both get through some of the things they might have to tackle. It'll be good to see them.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will. Enjoy your time with them.
Sep. 3rd, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a very strong, stubborn man. You will all be in my prayers and thoughts. I am pinning this post, so I can get email updates. I am off to work and won't get back on until Sunday night or monday.
Be well and take care of yourself. I may mot comment much, but I read and am around!
Here, Snuffles Bear brings you roses!
Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the good thoughts and the roses.
Sep. 4th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
A collapsed lung, dear God. I had it three times before they decide to do surgery on mine before it collapsed a fourth time, so I know what it is. And without anesthesia? Your Dad is a very brave and courageous man you know, you must be proud of him...
Sep. 4th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
I am proud of him and can't wait to see him. :)
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