Friday, November 28, 2008

EVENING update on dad November 28, 2008


Mom and Dad's anniversary July 12, 2008

Dad got his catheter removed.....and they are waiting on culture results to find out for sure whether it is a kidney or bladder infection and then how to treat it.

They attached a shorter tube to the chest tubing and attached that to the new portable machine so he can get up and walk around.

He DID get up and take a walk or two.

The chest tube will remain in there over the weekend at least.

The doctors came in to see him. They have all said his lungs are pretty bad....but the one doctor said he had seen some improvement in them since he was admitted. At least he felt there had been. Dad may have to go home on oxygen for a few days or so until he regains his lung functions/strength back which might be a process..because a lot of the tissue in his lungs has been damaged from the emphysema.

Mom and dad still don't know for sure what his options would be if this ever happened again....but I think the doctors are hoping this sticky stuff creating that seal inside his lung will work and hold for a very long time. I imagine the only other option would be surgery...even if they would not want to perform it.

Mom said dad and her watched a movie in his room today on the television and dad really laughed a lot...so he was in better spirits and feeling better it sounds like.

I will go see him again tomorrow or Sunday....maybe I will have some new photos after that.

38 comments:

rambling woods said...

I'm glad that the powder process is helping..

It will be a process for your Dad to recover. It seems anything to do with the lungs can take months. I was hospitalized with severe pneumonia and I was told 6 months to get back where I was. I was on oxygen for a while at home especially at night...Tell Abe to take it easy and ask LOTS of questions of the docs and make sure you get the answers that you need. The more you ask, the better idea you will have where his medical condition stands.

Small City Scenes said...

Thanks for the update. MB

Kelly said...

I'm glad he seems to be getting some benefit from the powder process! Please let him know that we are all thinking and praying for him as well as your entire family!!!

Hugs,

Kelly

Jules said...

Have just returned to PNG after a month in Australia after the death of my beloved sister-in-law (from melanoma). It has been very difficult for us all but I do know the love and support of family and friends is the most precious thing we have in life. It is the glue that holds us together and keeps us going when we think it is all to sad and too hard.

Please pass on my love to your Dad - he is missed around the blog world and I know his strength of will and the love of his wonderful family will see him up and around real soon.

Denise said...

Thanks for the update on your Dad. I know you, your Mom and the rest of the family must be exhausted and seeing your Dad in hospital has to be incredibly stressful. Please let your Dad know I wish him a speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kay said...

Thank you for keeping us updated, Melinda. He's got a lot of friends out here in the cyberworld who care about your dad.

Lew said...

I'm glad he is improving and laughter is good medicine.

Dina said...

Yes indeed, Melinda, your pictures and report really bring home the reality of your father's situation. Thank you.
Daily, heartfelt prayers for Abe and you all from Jerusalem.
He even managed a smile for the camera and has vast community of blogging friends!

Beth65 said...

So thankful for his great improvement and comfort, thanks for the update, be assured you will all remain in the prayers of all your fans. God bless.

Gmj said...

Following along, Good to have udates, Hope you mom is getting rest as well as the rest of the family. Prayers for recovery and happiness continue.

Art and Poetry said...

Thanks for the post! hopefully he will be home soon these things take a lot of time but it is always nice to get home.

Hilary said...

Thanks for the updates and photos. Your Dad and family are in my thoughts. Sending my best.

Nancy said...

Sounds like things are starting to move in a more positive way now for him. And remember what they say....Laughter is the best medicine. I was told at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore that your mental well-being has a lot to do with your physical well-being. In 1983, at age 38, I was given 6 years to live due to lupus, and I'm still here! So keep your dad laughing! Bless his heart....he's a good man and a loving husband and father. Tell him we all miss him and are waiting to see him back online again!

Prayers for him and your entire family....

(((((( HUGS ))))))

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely to see the photo of abe looking so cheerful amidst all that parerphinalia! I send him my very best wishes - I get such pleasure from his blog and do hope he soon returns home.

Sylvia K said...

I'm so glad he's feeling at least a little bit better and laughter never hurt anyone. Do hope Abe will be up and about soon. And it's always good to ask lots of questions. I'm holding good thoughts for you all.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

hi melinda, i just want you to know that your dad is kind of like a father figure in the blogging world, he has been an inspiration to us, and his encouragement is very touching, so i hope he gets better soon, and i appreciate the updates on his condition

Libertine said...

Thanks for the updates on your Dad. I hope he's back home soon and feeling better.

ChrisY said...

Thank you for keeping us updated.I am his new follower as I just start following his blogs. I wish your dad a speedy and full recovery.

Marvin said...

Thank you for the update on your Father. Keeping him and family in my thoughts.

sheoflittlebrain said...

Hi Melinda,
I'm really relating to your Dad as I have asthma and other lung problems..Love and prayers to Abe and to all your family..
I wonder if you are familiar with the Norman Cousins (sp?) book about laughter and healing..he says it worked for him so keep those funny movies coming...

carl h. sr. said...

Melinda thank you for the great photos of Abe. It sure is good to see him smiling.
I have been praying for him,as I am sure MANY others have as well.
Peace be with you Melinda,
carl
P.S. And thanks very much for the update too!

Kim said...

Melinda,
We are rooting for the speediest of recoveries. Thanks for keeping us in the know. Your dad (and mom) are dear to many of us in the City Daily Photo Blog family, so I hope keeping us all posted isn't an imposition.
Please give your pop a hug from us when you visit. Praying for all of you and your dad for strength, energy, good spirits, continued good medical care, and comfort in the little things as well as the big.
-Kim
Seattle Daily Photo

Kathleen said...

God Bless Your Dad!!
Keeping you all in my prayers

Wren said...

thanks for the update and the photos. Please give our best to your mother as well as your dad, and make sure she takes care of herself while she's taking care of him.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Mental P Mama said...

Thank you for your updates. I am sending your parents my prayers.

Leora said...

Best wishes for your dad.

Sandi McBride said...

Please tell you dad that Sandi (at Holding Patterns) is wishing him a speedy recovery and prayers are going out for his healing!
Sandi

Countrygirl said...

Stopping by the Arkansas Stamper's blog today and she had a note to come here - so here I am. That's a wonderful picture of your Dad & Mom on their anniversary. Please know that we are sending up prayers for all of you!

Lady Di Tn said...

I have bookmarked your blog so we can get updates on our beloved Abe.
Now for a bit of advise which may or may not be welcomed. Take it from someone who has lost both of her parents, never be too busy to call or visit because when they are gone you wish for one more visit or call. I would give anything for either.
Peace be with you.

JC said...

Please let your Mom and Dad know they are in my thoughts and prayers.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for all the updates Melinda. They mean alot.
I never saw a shampoo like that before.
I keep praying.
Sue

Karen said...

Please send Abe and Patty our love.. and thank you for keeping us updated..

Sending good thoughts and prayers his way.

mrsnesbitt said...

Thanks so much for the update. What a wonderful family you have, I am sure your mum and dad feel blessed to have a wonderful caring daughter. Do send hugs from us all here in North Yorkshire, UK.

(((((HUGS)))))
Denise

bertN said...

Tell Abe our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Paz said...

Glad there some improvement. Tell him we say "hey!"

Paz

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date on your Dad, even if I am waybehind. Please tell him he is always in my thoughts. (((Hugs)))

Lori

bertN said...

I just want to let you know that I
knew your Dad from his blog and from his comments from blogs we visited together - he is an interesting person I'd like to meet someday. More than that, I am amazed at his fighting spirit. If nothing else, I am in awe of his guts and I envy him for having you as a daughter. More power to your family and I hope he recovers fully. I am not a religious person but my wife is.....our prayers are with him.

Melinda said...

thank you everyone for all the comments, thoughts, prayers, well wishes and compliments ;)