It’s all back to the grind this week

January 3, 2010 Uncategorized 8

I must say for the most part the past two weeks with kids home and much of it with Kevin home too, have been really nice. There were very few arguments or dramas and it was nice to sleep in a bit, stay up later and relax.

Monday Nick returns to school, and the girls on Tuesday. It’s a new semester, new classes for the girls, and just a scary 3 more semesters until they graduate……..the next 18 months are going to fly by!!!

I will have some quiet yet busy time tomorrow. I hope to continue some order to my blogging and to expand on some thoughts going on in my head.

The past week has been stressful when thinking about my dad. I still can’t believe all that has happened in a week. First he fell, then when he seemed to be stronger and was released to go home, he started having TIA’s(mini strokes) and he was confused, had slurred speech and was often agitated. By Friday my dad was truly hallucinating and showing some serious problems. His doctor said he had clear signs of sundowners syndrome.. a common agitation with patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. She asked for a psych consult and he dx’d my dad with hospital psychosis . You can read about either of those on the links, but basically it’s about a lack or routine or familiar environment, no light cues and such. My poor daddy. They gave him meds to help him cope……and have less anxiety, and yes he slept, but at 4am today he woke very agitated and then they gave more meds, and he couldn’t hardly wake this afternoon. Had a little scare with low blood pressure and they gave him IV fluids so he’s not dehydrated and gave him meds to bring him out of the Ativan. BP is better now and both doctors have said his sleeping is fine, on Friday and Friday night he hardly slept at all……..so he’s exhausted.
We know very little of what is next, how he is going to feel or be when he wakes fully etc. I keep feeling unsure about whether I need to head to TX or not……….and of course there is so much to arrange here with the kids etc. It’s hard to know what to do.

I appreciate this blog as a place to write out my emotions along with the details, here I can only really share it all with Kevin and talk to my brother and sister. My kids know grandpa is sick, but not the deep details.

Faith…………I’m trying to keep it, and have patience.

8 Responses to “It’s all back to the grind this week”

  1. Beth

    Keeping the faith and truly praying
    Is so helpful… Is there someone you can talk to outside of family? Sometimes that helps!

  2. Mnmom

    It’s so hard when a loved one is ill, and I’m sure you’re worrying about your Mom too. Sending hugs and good thoughts.

  3. Anita

    I am so sorry that you’re having to go through this. My husband and I are currently watching my father-in-law live basically, on a feeding tube. He talks sometimes, and watches TV, but he is totally dependent. He lives with his other son.
    Sometimes they heal, other times, not.
    Blessings to your dad, to you and your family to get through this as best you can.

  4. Pam

    I’m so sorry about all this uncertainty with you dad. I can only imagine how hard it must be trying to decide what to do. Know that you and your dad are in my thoughts. {{hugs}}

  5. Mommakin

    Oh, Anita, I am so sorry you are all going through this. And I know that ‘should I stay or should I go’ feeling when loved ones are far away. It’s all just so frustrating. Sending positive thoughts your way. (((hugs)))

  6. Terra

    Anita, please feel the hugs from Colorado. Life sure has a way of seeing how much we can handle! Hang in there.

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