An artistic legacy doing good things
Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster the last couple of weeks have been. I'm not entirely sure what to be feeling right now. I wanted to give an update and thank everyone for their continued prayers. My dad was taken to the hospital on Tuesday because he was bleeding from several places including his mouth and around the IV needle and it wouldn't stop. We got the call Wednesday morning around 1:30 saying that they didn't think my dad would make it and that we should come to say our good-byes and we headed out. They told my sister that his blood pressure had dropped down to 30 and we found out later that 35 is considered dead. It took us about an hour to get the hospital and bye the time we got there they told us that they were able to get his blood pressure up to 83, almost triple what it was! but that he was still very sick and that it was only the medication keeping his blood pressure up. He was hooked up to too many machines to count. They had him on a ventilator because he was no longer able to breath on his own, and they wanted to keep him going until we could see him. They had him hooked up to a dialysis machine to try and filter out the blood thinner, the doctor said he didn't know why the other doctor had put him on it because people with kidney problems shouldn't be on that particular thinner and that there was no "antidote" for it other than to try and clean it out of the blood. We went home to try and get some sleep but none of us slept that night/day. Some (who tried but were unable to get out of it) went to work and the rest of us spent the time calling in saying we wouldn't be in. We went back to the hospital Wednesday night and were a bit surprised when they told us that he had improved a bit, not much but a bit. They were able to get the thinner out his blood was starting to thicken and the bleeding was starting to slow. He was still on the ventilator but the said that it was just assisting his breathing now. His blood continues to thicken, the bleeding has stopped and his blood pressure continues to get stronger. Yesterday he was communicating with pencil and paper. Today they are planning to take him off ventilator. He will have to be on dialysis now because of the damage the medication did to his kidneys, that weren't in the best shape to start with, and they think he will be in for at least another 6 to 8 weeks, but like we keep telling ourselves, any improvement, even small is an improvement. Blood pressure wise he was technically dead, so he isn't going to be doing cartwheels anytime soon. Thank you for all the prayers they have made a world of difference for me and my family. Keep them going. Keeping all of you in my heart and prayers. Much love.