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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:09 pm

Hey everyone, I just wanted to pass along that Diane's dh is in the hospital. It sounds like he's getting the best possible care and will be ok, but he's in rough shape at the moment.

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Post by trax on Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:54 pm

Thoughts are with Diane/family and friends. Hugs to all.
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Post by agaphmou on Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:28 pm

I'm so sorry he's ill! Good and healing thoughts going out to him.Be strong Dee,I feel he will be fine.I'll keep him in my prayers.
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Post by bizzeedee on Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:38 pm

OMG you gals are awesome. Yes, Chuck had a stroke (not his first according to me and his MRI which we saw). 911 call took us to our local hospital where many tests were done and the oncall Doc "saw/read" stroke, so sent us to a stroke hospital in Nashville 65 miles and horrible traffic. I followed the ambulance and even they told me they stick with the speed limit, they were driving 80 mph most of the time... not my comfort zone! I stayed over the first night and returned Mon and home Mon night; back today, and to my surprise sent him home around 4:30. We had a parade of doctors, tests and talks. High BP is a problem --- meds and diet; 70 and 50% blocked arteries --- meds again. Cholestrole high -- meds. I think those were the major issues. We have follow ups with Neurosurgeon because they're thinking stints if the blood thinners don't cut it. And we have a new walker in the house (gosh insurance paid for it !) and 6 scripts... two follow up visits with docs at the hospital (geesh another couple of harrowing drives -- TN drivers are fearless and reckless) Home rehab/PT and then we can go to our local doc (mine which works with geriatric peeps and Chuck has never been too) But for now, I've got a new job "full time" time care taker . Thanks Rebecca for posting.... I'm feeling so much love and hope between here and FB I'm astounded... and now I'm crying.... because that's what I do a lot of these days.
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Post by agaphmou on Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:52 am

Don't cry Dee! Everything will be fine! I'm so happy he's out of the hospital!!!! They know what needs to be done and it sounds like a great hospital.We love you! I'm so glad you have insurance too! Physical therapy is the key to getting him moving as he was .We've been through everything medical in my family.Hit by a car,cancer,brain tumor,hernia,heart attacks.Make sure his doctor is a specialist.Most general practitioners just take your bp and send you on your way.You need someone who will monitor him well.Keep us posted! xoxo
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:13 pm

Glad to hear he's home and everything is set up for the two of you to get help at home. Early intervention is so important and it sounds like there are going to be plenty of people to help both of you.

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Post by bizzeedee on Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:40 pm

Rehab center didn't call today so called the nurses station in Nashville... supposedly the are to contact us tomorrow, but if not, I'm to call the hospital back.... Today has been stressful for both us.. made a quick trip to the store to pick up scrip's and healthy foods, but gosh darn, forgot the baby aspirin (which is no longer called that but there is a super low dosage aspirin. So went back to Walmart (it's only 2 miles from home so not a biggy); cooked and served healthy foods.... but there were times today that reminded me Men are the worst Patients (you might agree Rebecca)... didn't want to take his prescribe meds. I got a phone call this morning that a good friend of mine in MI husband died (it was expected) and so have had that on my mind and I yelled "Sally's husband died this morning, I don't want to be posting on FB that you died too" and I cried, are you surprised? Wall guess what? he's taking the scrips :-) trying to get him an appointment at my doctors office. Elizabeth is not taking new patients, but another doctor is... haven't heard back whether he'll take Chuck, but in the meantime, I sent an email to doc Elizabeth and asked to please reconsider taking on Chuck. She specializes in Geriatric care.
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:09 am

I love when people don't want to take their meds after a close call like that Evil or Very Mad Clearly he is fine and nothing big happened. LOL! Maybe seeing you that upset is just what he needed to make him rethink that for now.

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Post by agaphmou on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:06 am

I don't understand that.Maybe he is depressed.I know my father took his meds religiously.If you want to live and get better,you take your meds.
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:12 pm

They're back at the hospital for the night. Not sure what happened yet.

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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:46 am

Just adding that he was readmitted because his blood pressure was up and he may have had another mini stroke.

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Post by bizzeedee on Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:40 am

for whatever reason, last night I could not reply but am fine this morning. the doctor just wanted to hold chuck overnight for observation and of course, more tests...
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Post by agaphmou on Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:45 am

Tests are good.I worry when they don't do enough.I was brought to the worst hospital in NY once.They didn't know what was wrong with me.Just dumped me in a bed and left me there to milk the insurance.
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Post by bizzeedee on Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:24 am

In Chuck's case, I wished the hospital in Nashville would have kept him longer... I felt that he was discharged too soon.
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:37 am

They like to discharge patients way too early here too. Hopefully this time they'll have more answers before letting him go home.

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Post by bizzeedee on Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:25 pm

Well since Wed, Chuck has been in the local hospital and being well cared for, IMHO, and we thought that today he would be sent to the Rehab Ctr... He did have another stroke on Wed and was being kept for overnight observation...that's grown to 4 days and now they will keep him for the weekend as the rehab ctr doesn't admit patients over the weekend... especially on Sunday. Bible Belt :Rolling Eyes  Oh well, he's getting great meals (I'm jealous) but I don't have to cook... seeing many meals out in the next 2-7 weeks...
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:37 am

I guess that's better than being sent home with no supports in place! Chances are he'll argue less with the nurses about the meds too.

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Post by Lori on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:47 am

It sounds like you're both happy with the hospital he's in now. I hope the transition to rehab goes smoothly. Every hospital discharge I've ever seen takes at least twice the estimated time estimated. Hope you both have your Patience Pills handy!

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Post by bizzeedee on Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:44 pm

It is a good hospital, great staff... but patience is wearing thing. Night 6, still there. Rehab didn't happen today due to a delay in the approval from the insurance company... crossing fingers for tomorrow.
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:35 am

Hope it comes through today!

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Post by bizzeedee on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:07 am

well, I'm home; Chuck another night at the hospital --- insurance is dragging their feet approving rehab; requested more PT/OT info from the rehab center... God willing, tomorrow he'll escape the hospital... he's getting hard to deal with and accepting all the red tape.
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Post by bizzeedee on Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:59 pm

update... we are both at home... BC/BS denied the claim for a live in rehab center, but we can and are getting home nursing care. the RN on the case came today and spent more than two hours, taking history, evaluating, doing time exercises... she left, and an hour later, the PT showed up to assess (I actually have known this young gal for years, a real sweetie) and spent half an hour, few exercises then ordered OT so next week will be busy.... Nurse, OT, PT -- hopefully one each day (M-F) he tires easily... me more so.... for ten days I've been sitting and acting as the nurse in the hospital... legs feet swelled in the evening.... today, lots of running to get this and that.. but feet aren't swollen... that's a good thing. I've had many friends and neighbors asked how they can help... and have not asked (can't be in home as he needs bathroom assistance; a nurse is okay; but friends.... nope) so going to fb to let those peeps know I need some groceries... have lists ready :-) Tomorrow morning we go to my (soon to be Chuck's) Gp who specializes in geriatrics... that's going to be a trip and a half LOL
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Post by Lori on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:55 am

Is Chuck's demeaner a little better since he's home now? I don't want to say attitude, because nobody likes being in the hospital (except perhaps my MIL, but that's another story). I hope he's being cooperative and grateful for all of your help, Dee! You're really being tested now - praying for strength for you to care for Chuck and for a speedy recovery for him.

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Post by bizzeedee on Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:32 pm

Attitude is the right word Lori ... last night was rough... about 2am he decided he wanted to go sit in a recliner... I fought him about it, telling him I wouldn't hear him... I finally gave in to stop a fight... then, as I tried helping him get up, the bed pad fell off with him on it. His head just missed the night stand. We finally got him up but not before a lot of harsh words were yelled (he apologized this morning).

We went to the doc this morning and she thought all things considered he was pretty strong and she talked to him about doing more things for himself to relieve me of some tasks so that I could maybe get out to a grocery store ... or back to yoga (Elizabeth is in my class).... Home and I fixed him some soup; one gal brought EAS protein drinks; next door neighbors just brought over my list of goods I asked for from Walmart; and last night, another neighbor couple brought my Aldis order. Then Chuck fell asleep on the couch.... ah the quiet time!
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Post by Rebecca1340 on Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:32 am

I'm just shocked that after two confirmed strokes they would deny his rehab stay. Do they think you're lying to get rid of him for a few weeks? LOL!

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