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Posted 2016-10-31T10:00:00Z

Dad's current condition

Dad has had a difficult two weeks. We found out that his CMV infection is back and his numbers got quite high between two weeks ago and last week. This means the medicine he's been on for the CMV is not working, so they took it off. This comes with mixed feelings from us, because we hold out hope he's not resistant to treatment for CMV, but the medication he's been on has caused numerous negative side effects. He is still in a good amount of pain from the sores they caused in his mouth and it suppressed his bone marrow, white and red blood cells. Since skipping the doses at the end of the week, his white blood cells and platelets are back to a more normal number and his mouth is beginning to heal. They sent out a resistance panel to see how resistant Dad is to the drugs for CMV and we've been waiting for it to come back. He also was experiencing nose bleeds, so ENT came and found several blood clots they removed, then packed his nose with dissolvable gauze. While this stopped the nose bleeds, it means Dad can't have oxygen through a cannula, so they put a non-rebreather mask on him to give him sufficient oxygen. Eating with the mask and his plugged nose is difficult, so we hope the gauze dissolves quickly.
Dad has been confused this weekend and rather out of it. We assume this is the result of the morphine he's receiving for his pain. I stayed Saturday night and he woke multiple times, restless and worried about various things. I reassured him each time where he was and he was able to relax and fall back asleep. Yesterday he was again quite drowsy and dazed. He said he felt confused and like he couldn't fully wake up. He ate yesterday and seemed to get a little clearer headed as the day progressed, but Mom decided to stay the night with him. This morning around 5, Mom called and said the nurses were trying to wake him, and while his eyes are open, they can't seem to bring him into consciousness. We're heading to the hospital to be with him and Mom. We pray that Dad comes out of this and the doctors can figure out what's going on. I will keep you all updated when I know more.

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Comments (14)

  • Annie Williams
    Annie Williams

    Thinking of you, praying hard, and sending you love and all the strength you all need.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Pamela  Geiger Dupas
    Pamela Geiger Dupas

    Sending good thought, good wishes and lots of hope. Thank you taking the time to share information with us.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jennifer j
    Jennifer j

    Praying for you guys!

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Barbara greene
    Barbara greene

    We will be hoping to hear that things turn around soon today. You are always on our minds and in our hearts.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • gretchen getsinger
    gretchen getsinger

    You're all very much in my thoughts and prayers.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • lynn homberg
    lynn homberg

    We are think of you today as always. God bless.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jacqueline Pikulski
    Jacqueline Pikulski

    Praying for you and your family and especially for your dad.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Ken & Kendra Johnson
    Ken & Kendra Johnson

    Sending up prayers for all and sendings our love and hugs to you.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Patti

    So very sorry. PRAYERS for you all.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Gwendolyn Pellegrino
    Gwendolyn Pellegrino

    I'm so very sorry to hear this. Thinking of you all often and sending prayers to you and your family for strength and hope.

    3 years ago · Reply

    Thank you for posting the update . Keeping you all in my prayers .

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Kerry l Tahan
    Kerry l Tahan

    Thoughts and prayers and healing thoughts to your Dad, and to all of you. Kerry, Tom and BHC staff

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Hal Kamm
    Hal Kamm

    Saddened to hear of this serious decline. You are all a wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Estelle Mackenzie
    Estelle Mackenzie

    We're sorry to hear that the last days and weeks have been so difficult. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and Don.

    3 years ago · Reply