The good news is, as of today (Wednesday), Dad is back in a normal room and is feeling better than the last few days. The bad news is, the weekend threw more than a few hurdles our way.
Friday’s barium swallow did show a leak at the joins where a section of his small intestine attaches to what remains of the esophagus. This isn’t uncommon but because Dad was showing some signs of possible infection (increased white blood cells, etc.) they decided to put in a stint to make sure everything heals extra well. That procedure went well, but afterwards Dad dealt with hiccups that kept him awake and were often very painful for at least 24 hours. They were able to get the hiccups under control by Sunday morning and had managed to control a few symptoms of infection as well. He was able to go back to a room on the floor on Sunday evening.
On Monday, things took another downturn and an infection around Dad’s lungs sent him back to a higher level of care (this time in the ICU because there were no beds available in intermediate care) and meant two days of procedures to manage the infection and make sure he didn’t get worse. That all seems to have worked as he is strong and stable today.
Monday and Tuesday were tough days. The combination of the infection and drugs kept Dad exhausted and not in a place to call or text with updates. The medical staff have been very supportive and helpful but it’s still very difficult to not be at the hospital through all this and hard for Dad to be alone.
Things are better today. Dad is back in a room, has more energy and is on the mend once again.
Thanks as always for your support and encouragement.