Dr. Lykens was able to make a diagnosis today. They were trying to decide between more lung problems and atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure.
AND THE WINNER IS...
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE CAUSED BY THE A FIB
That sounds bad at first. At least until the diagnosis is made and the treatment is centered upon one illness to treat. Actually both are linked and the old saying "which comes first, the chicken or the egg?"
This time the extreme fatigue from moving into our new motorhome is the culprit. In simple terms, he just, plain overdid it.
The fatigue, catching a cold, the Atrial Fib, his COPD and his unwillingness to just totally cease all activity and rest taxed his body beyond what is reasonable.
He began to retain water, he was always tired and felt weak, the end of last week, he was unable to sleep because he could not get his breath. He would wake at five or five thirty in the morning. I would rouse in the dark to see him sitting on the side of the bed. His head would be hanging. Keep in mind, this man loves to sleep and would gladly sleep till nine any morning.
We would come to the dining area and he would be so tired that he would put his elbows on the table, hold his head in his hands and nod off. This would last for two or three hours.
I am telling you in order that someone will read this and keep it in their memory bank. It might happen to you or a loved one sometime in the future. Congestive Heart Failure is a sneaky menace.
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John is making progress much faster than in the Spring. He is working hard to follow all instructions to the tee. Learning to breathe in deeply through the nose and out through his lips is difficult to remember. If he does this, he is able to keep his oxygen levels in the nineties.
Using the tried and true breathing exercise was hard at first. Now, he makes that ball do the happy dance! Aren't those yellow socks cute?
He has made both plans work together. He is my hero!
I never hear a complaint from him. He amazes me and the entire medical staff with his quiet humor.
Indiana University Hospital is a teaching hospital. The physicians that are produced by this program are among the nation's finest. And eighty percent of Indiana's top Doctors work at the medical complex of Indiana University.
The two on the right are Residents. On the left you see a pharmacist. These pharmacists travel on rounds to help with the dosages, spot drug interactions, make recommendations. Every Pharmacist has a "Pharm D"... a doctorate in pharmacy.
This afternoon, Dr. Lykens, came to check John's progress, give us tons of information and to allow us to ask questions. He was in no hurry to leave and answered every question and asked us if we needed more information. Then he pronounced John improved enough to leave the Progressive Care Unit and go into a "regular," (my works, not his) room.
The best news was and is that Johns congestive heart failure is not permanent.
Do you think John is eager to move? His bags are packed and he is "ready to rumble!" Where is that nurse with that wheel chair????
Ahhh here she is, going through her check list. This young woman is an excellent nurse! I am so thankful that she was the one to care for John today.
Some nurses just seem to go through the motions. This lovely lady was so efficient and caring. When she told us that she was her first nursing position and started just one month ago, we were astounded with her presence and skills.
When the director of nursing checked with us to see if we were happy with the care John received, we were sure to heap praises on this angel of God.
Dr. Lykens was so encouraging. CHF - Congestive Heart Failure does not have to be a permanent diagnosis. For John, this is temporary. We WILL need to be cognisant of any signs or symptoms.
If all goes well, John should be out of the hospital by the first of next week. We should be able to travel in about two weeks after a follow up visit with Dr. Lykens.
There are a few new rules. John can drive a maximum of two hours, if his feet do not swell. If swelling occurs or the two hours are up, I take over the driving and John gets to sit in the co-pilot's chair, a recliner, and tell me how to drive. Oh happy day.
I do not know how much rock climbing and rock hounding we will be doing. I want this to be a winter of recovery and strengthening. We have the rest of our lives to do the more active interests.
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