Friday, August 23, 2013

Rudolph

Upon visiting my Dad yesterday, I noticed that his nose was unusually red and large.  When I called the nurse over, she said in a nonchalant manner, "Oh yeah, I just noticed that today".  Okay, and... ?

After explaining my concern, she promptly paged the doctor to come take a look at it.  Since Dad has had three Staph infections in the past year, I am worried that although the nose may seem like a strange place to get one, that may be what it is.  (I actually know someone that had a staph infection in his nose and it wasn't pretty).  I left before the Doctor arrived, so I'm sure they will call me if it's anything serious, but I couldn't help humming Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as I got in my car to leave.

Dad has now been in the Psych Ward for 5 1/2 weeks and it's been 6 whole weeks since he was admitted to the hospital.  I visit him twice a week, and Megan was able to see him while she was here last week visiting.  He still isn't walking, but he's much more stable on the medicine.  He is completely off the Depakote and is only taking Olanzapine.  There have been a couple incidents of aggression or agitation (he ripped a nurse's uniform pocket the other day when she was trying to help him) but for the most part, he has calmed down quite a bit.

As far as his future goes, I have no idea what will happen.  For now, he's in the Psych Ward and they aren't rushing him out of there.  He may have to go to a skilled nursing facility after, or he could be admitted back into the Veterans home.  It changes every day, so I'm not worrying about it until they tell me it's time for his discharge. 


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