Sunday, April 18, 2010

We're Back....unfortunately.

Dad arrived safely in Arkansas yesterday (Saturday). As I type, Dad is laying down in the living room sleeping on the couch. He has spent 50% of today sleeping. He does not eat much, but we have been monitering his Ensure and regular diet since he arrived. He struggles keeping food down and does not do well swallowing his pain pills. We have the heat on the entire bottom floor of the house and he wears jackets and afghans constantly. With less than 10% body fat, it is a fact of life---he is cold all the time. He has not been outside in over 24 hours because of the cold (Its probably 60-70 degrees).
Dad is going to see Dr. Randy Shinn tomorrow. Melissa changed the bandages today and the wound looked good, but much more concave than I had remembered. It is pink instead of the black scab I witnessed last time.
We have not heard the anger and sarcasm yet. He has been even tempered and fairly pleasant. He seems very disturbed that over 300k was spent for so little. But, there is no doubt he knows his limitations.
The biggest watch-out right now is trips and falls. He refuses to use the aid of a walker or a cane. Very frustrating.
More tomorrow after the visit with Dr Randy.


  1. I can't tell you how happy I am to know Dad is under the care of others. He was in desperate need of help! It's nice to know he will not be alone anymore and he can maybe get some nutrition in. Thank you Steven and Melissa for taking Dad into your home, not an easy task but a necessary one I think.

  2. the above comment is from Suzanne