Rough Night for Dad and Mom

When I left the hospital last evening, Dad was doing great. He was sore from the surgery and from the fall, but he was in good spirits. When I talked to Mom this morning, she said that they had a miserable night. Mom said she slept between 11:00 p.m. and midnight and then she was awake all night. She is sore from where he fell on top of her yesterday. She also has been sleeping in a very uncomfortable recliner in his room. When they came in to give him his medicine at midnight his heart rate started to climb. His pulse went to 130 and stayed there most of the night. His blood pressure dropped to 70 over 40. The nurses were more concerned with the blood pressure than the pulse. Mom tried to get them to call the specialist for the pacemaker, but they said it wasn’t protocol. The specialist finally came at 7:00 a.m. and tweaked the pacemaker and his pulse is now at about 70. Dad and Mom are both nervous and exhausted. The cardiologist said that his white cell count is high, but he doesn’t think that it is an infection. Mom of course is worried about him bleeding because of what happened a couple of years ago when he had internal bleeding after his gall bladder surgery. He ended up having emergency surgery that time and was on a ventilator for almost a week. I will send out another email later this evening when I get back home to his computer. It would be best if we don’t have visitors at this time. Dad loves to see visitors, but he wants to talk (imagine that) and tends to overdo it. Please keep praying for us. He is still in the CCU and is in serious condition. I’m on my way to Greenville now. Julie, my sister, is going to try to bring Mom home so she can get some rest.

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