Fingers crossed for my dad

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by TerryJ2, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Dad fell yesterday and broke his hip. He was actually walking! (He's 90.)
    He is the opposite of P when it comes to pain. He's like the knight in Monte Python and the Holy Grail, arms and legs sliced off, "Come get me! I'm ready for you! It's only a flesh wound!"
    So if he limps and complains of pain, it must be something bad.
    My sister told me that he could not undergo anesthesia because he is too frail. I'm wondering if some of it is also due to the effects of dementia on anesthesia, and the fact that his liver enzymes have been very high for a few yrs.
    She said he has a hairline fracture in the socket so they can do partial surgery with-a local (I'm thinking like an epidural?).
    He went in at 10 a.m. and I have not heard back yet.

    Always one to look on the bright side, M said that this will slow him down so he won't wander, won't get anxious, and will know he is dependent upon the nurses for help. Two wks ago he slugged a nurse. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry, Terry. Saying prayers that your dad heals quickly.
  3. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Ohhhhhhh..... I will say lots of prayers too. :hugs: for you, and gentle ones for him.
  4. Jody

    Jody Active Member

    I am sorry. I hope he heals fast. Will say a prayer for him and you.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Oh goodness- I'm sorry to hear this. I hope he is ok and gets past the pain soon....keep us posted.
  6. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    Still haven't heard anything. No news is good news?
  7. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Let's hope so- it could just be that they are keeping him sedated for a long time and not really saying much yet. I'll keep you in my thoughts. I feel bad for not keeping up on the board or in keeping in touch and I'm working on myself right now to regroup while waiting to see what will happen with the job issue- but you're still in my thoughts and I hope your father is ok.
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Thank you.

    Turns out he's still in surgery. He needed blood this a.m. and one thing led to another, so they didn't start until 3:00.

    I mentioned to the nurse that he can get violent, and she said she was well aware of that, and that my dad also seems to prefer male nurses. I asked if they would have to restrain him, since he'll forget, repeatedly, what he's in there for, and she didn't answer the question directly, but said they will take good care of him, and that there is a television in there. (I offered to pay for the TV because in NY, at St. Lukes-Roosevelt, you have to pay for phone and TV separately. This place, in MN, is a million times nicer.)

    She said she'd be in until 7 p.m. and said I could feel free to call her back. What a sweetie.
  9. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad that you have a caring nurse. Strange behaviors often accompany seniors following medical procedures. I'm sure he's going to be fine but am sending warm thoughts and prayers your way. DDD
  10. Wiped Out

    Wiped Out Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Adding in my prayers. Hugs.
  11. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I hope my sister gets some sleep. Apparently she stayed at the hospital the entire night b4 because he was acting up and she was the only one who could calm him down.
  12. ML

    ML Guest

    It does sound like he is in good hands. Sending prayers for your dad that his spirit translates to determination and that he heals quickly.
  13. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Me too! Thank you.
    They only plan to keep him for 3 days, so I will send his super-duper humungous bunny card to my sister's house. And I plan to fly up in the next few wks.
    Not that he'll know me, but that I'd like to see him b4 he takes a turn for the worse. You never know.
  14. Star*

    Star* call 911

    Your description of your Father left me with such vivd Monte Python Love it.

    Sending up prayers for his speedy recovery - with MUCH humor of course. Hugs