Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Gramps update

I spoke to Uncle Derek today. Gramps is still in hospital and it seems there are several things the doctors are concerned about. One is some shadows on his lungs that so far have not changed despite 2 rounds of antibiotics. The medication that is supposed to get rid of fluid buildup in his lungs is now causing swelling in his ankles. The heart murmur is still there; they are trying some different medications but so far there's no change. Yesterday was his 96th birthday. Auntie Joan took his cards, cake and presents in to him.

Something that's frustrating me is hearing about the difference in the speed with which the National Health Service deals with patients; nothing is done quickly; there doesn't seem to be much of a sense of urgency. We had the same frustration when Iain's dad had cancer almost 10 years ago. I guess we're just more used to how things are done here in the U.S. now that we've lived here over 15 years.

So, for now the plan is to keep Gramps in hospital. Uncle Derek is going to make an appointment to speak with the specialist who is overseeing him, so that he can try and get a better idea of a plan of action. It looks as if Gramps will probably still be in hospital when I visit, but that's OK. Right now I just want to see him, wherever that may be. Less than 3 days to go until my trip...

7 comments:

Debbie February 18, 2009 at 11:44 PM  

Sorry to hear that he isn't improving. Maybe he will perk right up when he sees you!

Janet February 19, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

Oh, that's too bad. It's great that you're taking the time to go see him. That will probably be the best thing for him!

Sues February 19, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

I'm so glad that you'll be there really soon... a few days late for Gramps birthday, but I'm sure he won't mind too much! Knowing that you're next to his side will cheer him up I'm so sure. He's always in my prayers.

Lisa Foster February 19, 2009 at 10:19 AM  

Poor Gramps...I'm keeping him in my prayers...and you too, My Friend. Have a safe journey...I'll miss you, but I know he'll be SO happy to see you as will the rest of your family. Take care! {{HUGS}}

Patti February 19, 2009 at 3:37 PM  

{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}} & XXXkissesXXX's to you both. It will do him good to see his favorite granddaughter & it will do you good too. Safe travels Toni - love you!

Darcey February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM  

Good luck on your trip and I am praying for a speedy recovery for your Gramps.

Maureen February 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM  

Oh, so sorry to read this, have a good trip Toni.