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Another update on Gra-pa

Gra-pa is home and doing well! He spent just over a year in the hospital. WHEW!

He’s excited about being able to be in church again and out on his mower toodling around. He has to take it slow or he gets an upset stomach from all the jarring, but all in all, he’s doing good!

Continue to pray for him! He still has his TPN, which is his IV nutrition, and it could get infected and that would cause serious problems, and his immune system is still weak and coming up on flu season, we don’t want that either!

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Update on Gra-pa

MAN! It has been a long, busy few months!

Gra-pa is still our roller coaster! A little over a month ago the reconnected his intestines. They didn’t have enough to connect his small and large intestines together, so he will have to have a colostomy bag, but the Dr. said that was actually a good thing because his bowel was so short, that things would run through very quickly and he’d better stay close to the bathroom….

BUT~ He is able to eat now! He can have things like applesauce, jello, broth…not a gourmet meal, but better than nothing! He is also allowed to have COFFEE! Major plus! He prefers Folgers, so he’s not drinking much coffee, hospital coffee is just not really the best thing around.

We did have a little scare a couple of weeks ago, he was running a fever, had really bad stomach cramps and they didn’t know what was wrong, they thought it was a blood infection so they gave him a bunch of antibiotics…nothing. We were told, once again, that he may not make it… Then they ran a CT scan and found that the tube they still had in his stomach had shifted (Gra-pa has a tendency to tug around on them…) and so they fixed that and all was good again!

He’s still not completely out of the woods, until everything heals and he stays in the hospital, there is a chance of infection and something going wrong…his immune system is super weak. So please continue to pray for him! Pray for quick healing and that he doesn’t get discouraged, that has been the biggest battle of them all, too much time on his hands to do nothing and Satan likes idle people, especially ones who have no choice but to be idle!

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Update on Gra-pa

Welp, it’s sure been a LONG 4 1/2 months! Gra-pa is still in the hospital, every time we try to bring him home it seems like something else happens!

Gra-pa was able to go to my SIL’s house Dec. 15, and he was there for about 2 days when the ostomy from his stomach came out…yes OUT! He started to vomit and bile was everywhere from ostomy leakage and vomiting, I’m glad I wasn’t on duty at this time, I may not have made it! SO, Gra-pa went back into the ICU to have a feeding tube placed in his stomach, except they aren’t pumping things in, they’re pumping things out. He was there for about 2 weeks.

At the end of the 2 weeks they sent him to a step down facility where they put him on a different pain medication. At this point, Gra-pa is nauseated and feels like his stomach is cramping up. I’m thinking stomach flu, since everyone we know has had it, or a problem with the surgery site. SIL, who works at a pharmacy, had the pharmacist look up the side effects from the new meds, found out that’s what was causing his stomach pain and called the Dr. and had him change the pain meds. Gra-pa gets better with different meds! YAY!

Now, keep in mind, he’s not had a bite to eat since Labor day…NOTHING! He’s a little on the crabby side, and he gets pretty emotional about having to stay in the hospital, but all things considered, he’s doing good. But by this point, he’s went from 280 lbs. to 165, which is quite a big weight drop! His muscle tone is also decreasing. He’s able to walk with a one sided walker (kind of  a half walker, hard to explain), but they don’t want him to put pressure on his right arm because they haven’t done anything with this arm yet. His hand has healed up pretty good, his pinkey is curled up, I don’t know what the Dr.’s plan on doing with his arm, they’re still just trying to keep him healthy enough to do his intestine surgery in late Feb. early March.

Last week he was able to go home, AGAIN, but this time less than 12 hours. He had a slight fever when he left the hospital, but they said that was from all the excitement from the day. He had had an appointment at 8 am with a Dr. outside the hospital, then came back and got all his discharge stuff in order. (Which, if any of you have been in the hospital, know takes FOREVER!) And of course, the nurse and SIL had to go over EVERYTHING that is associated with his feeding tube, pic lines, draining the ostomy bags….all that stuff. ANYWAY, the home health nurse came in at noon the following day and found he had a temperature of 101, calls the ambulance and takes him back to the hospital. UGH!!

When the nurses check him and do all the routine blood tests, urine tests and all the poking and prodding that goes on in the ER, they find he’s got a kidney infection…from the step down not changing his catheter. So, now he’s back in the hospital on antibiotics AGAIN, waiting for this infection to go away.

I really don’t think they are going to let him come home again until his intestines are all connected, which, really is a good thing, everyone’s been sick with the stomach flu, sinus gunk and the general icky stuff that goes around in the winter time. DH and I have only seen him a handful of times since mid-December since we’ve been passing the crud around here.

All in all, things are going ok, Gra-pa’s not healthy, but he’s stable and on track to still be re-connected in a month or so. His spirits waver between high and low which is expected, and everyone misses him terribly! Just keep the family in your prayers, that’s what’s kept him going this long!

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Sorry it’s been so long!!

Many of you probably do not know, but my FIL was in a motorcycle wreck on Labor day. He is still in the ICU unit. He’s doing much better and can talk now…but…he’s still not outta the woods.

I’ll kind of give you the condensed (as possible) version:

11:40-ish am Labor day: Gra-pa (that’s what we call him) was going to see his gf when he pulled into the side of a semi trailer hauling hay bales. He went a total of 82 feet before coming to a stop.

Gra-pa is life-lined to the local hospital with head injuries and loss of blood. He also lost his elbow and the side of his right hand on the highway.

The dr.’s intubate him, breathing was a concern, put a tube in his head to monitor pressure and did a surgery on his hand, the elbow was going to have to wait. The dr. only cleaned and pinned the hand together. Was given a 40% chance of surviving, only 20% of that to NOT be in a vegetive state.

Day 5: Gra-pa’s doing great, following commands, dr.’s talk about sending him to rehab.

Day 6: Gra-pa’s tube removed, given pain meds, falls asleep….deeply….quits breating, almost dies, has to have emergency intubation. During all this, Gra-pa has an atrial fibrillation (his heart fluttered) and it shot blood clots throughout his body. Within 6 minutes, med’s administered to break up clots.

Day 7: DH and I notice Gra-pa’s belly getting really distended, told nurses, they noted it…did they do anything…don’t know.

Day 8: White blood count skyrockets…40+ thousand. Send Gra-pa for a ct scan. As soon as dr. sees ct scan: Calls dh and tells him that if he does not do surgery right now, Gra-pa will die.

Day 8/9 overnight: Gra-pa goes in for “exploratory” surgery. Dr.’s end up removing 75% of the intestines…Say that a person can live on 100 cm., Gra-pa’s close to that.

Day ??: This is about the time I completely lose all track of days. DH is on his 2nd week off of work (total of 3 1/2 weeks off) and we’ve been at the hospital 85% of the time. Poor kiddos, they spent a few days at the hospital, but mostly entertained themselves and did schoolwork at home.

Gra-pa’s got a wound vac now, his belly is completely open, with this thing basically vacuum sealed to it. Goes on to have 3 more surgeries on his intestines. God intervened! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!! The dr. measured his small intestine…120 cm. More than he thought was there!

One day would be great, the next Gra-pa would almost be dead. It was a real emotional roller coaster around here…

Gra-pa goes on to have 3 “ostomy” bags put in. One at the end of his stomach, one on his colon, and one on the small intestine. None of them are attached together. This stops the infection, white blood count returns to almost normal.

Good days, bad days…

Gra-pa has another infection…yeast in his blood. The give him powerful antifungal meds. This works, after leaving a very bad yeast infection in his mouth….Keep in mind, the intestines are not connected, he’s not eaten for weeks at this point…lost 100+ pounds, and is very weak.

Family comes in (again) throws a big fit to have him moved to a different facility. HAPPENS!

Last week or 2…Gra-pa’s in the new facility, now talking, doing good. Still has good and bad days, but the good are starting to out way the bad.

Keep our family in your prayers…God knows who Gra-pa is! Please pray for him!

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