Number 14 of 52

By: gmaphotos

Apr 14 2012

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This week’s theme: Doors

“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.”~~~Chinua Achebe

This quote spoke directly to me this week.  Friday morning, April 6th,  should have been a regular, take Pop to rehab day.  Instead, it turned into “call 9-1-1 and have the ambulance bring Pop to the Emergency Room” day.  The worst moment for me was when the EMT’s arrived and Pop realized that he was going to the hospital, AGAIN.  He looked me right in the eye, and asked “Why are you doing this to me. I don’t want to go to the hospital.”  Allow me to explain….

Pop is my 86-year-old father-in-law that lives with us.  He was here before I came into the picture.  I joined the household almost 5 years ago.  We all get along famously and things are really quite pleasant.  Pop took care of his own needs,  drove to doctor appointments, the store and church.  The first appearance of suffering at the door was October 2010.  Pop had a car accident. Neither he nor anyone else was hurt, thank goodness, but there was the possibility that it could have been worse.  On his own, Pop gave up his driving privileges.  Not an easy decision, as it stripped him of his independence.  Suffering soon started showing up at the door as a regular visitor.  December 23 necessitated a trip to the doctor’s as Pop just wasn’t feeling right.  He was sleeping quite a bit, got winded easily, couldn’t get rid of a cough.  The doctor prescribed an inhaler and oxygen at night.  I can’t recall the exact moment, but at some point around this time, suffering was knocking at the door every day.  Rehabilitation therapy was prescribed by his heart doctor, to improve balance.  Thankfully, I was working part-time and could drive him to his morning appointments.  They seemed to help strengthen his muscles but the breathing thing wasn’t getting any better.  

Fast forward to May 2011.   Suffering now had a key to the door and just let himself in.  He brought with him ‘Urinary Tract Infection’.  Anyone caring for an older person may be familiar with this and, if not, you should become familiar with it.  A UTI can hit an elderly person HARD.  People with a history of prostate problems and diabetes are especially vulnerable.  Agitation, delirium or other behavioral changes may sometimes be the only signs of an infection in an elderly person.  Other signs are increased and frequent trips to the bathroom, pain or burning,  and a foul-smelling odor.  On May 25, 2011, Pop had a fall in the bathroom which necessitated a call to 9-1-1.  This was our first experience with a Urinary Tract Infection.  His hospital stay brought to light a heart valve problem that needed to be addressed.  Pop elected to have the mitral-valve replacement surgery.  He came through that with flying colors!  His heart is stronger than ever!  

However, Friday April 6th, was the third bout with a UTI in eighteen months.  We try to keep on top of the situation, but that darn suffering keeps coming to the door.  Wonder how long he’ll stay this time?

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One comment on “Number 14 of 52”

  1. Reblogged this on The Legion of Door Whores and commented:
    Blue door

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