"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Thursday, August 30, 2012


We have had a couple of wrinkles in our plans lately. Monday morning Rudee called her Mom and she was not acting right and was hallucinating. Rudee's sister lives right next door so Rudee called her to go over and we loaded into the Dakota and drove over as well.
We took her to the emergency room and they kept her until late that evening doing every test imaginable but could not find a cause for her confusion. She was given a liter of fluids through her IV and the more fluids she got the clearer she became so we all figure it must have been from dehydration. As they were preparing to release her we got a call from Rudee's sister that her Dad was having more difficulty and they wanted to bring him in to get checked out. I drove back to Plainfield, loaded her Dad in the car and drove him back to the ER. He has been retaining a lot of fluid in his legs and his feet are almost double in size. His doctor has been reluctant to put him on a diuretic because his blood pressure has been low but he is now having trouble standing and walking.
When I got back to the hospital and got him checked in Rudee's Mom was being signed out. We hung around for another hour to make sure her Dad was being taken care of. Once her sister arrived we headed home with her Mother. Since it was after 9pm and no one had eaten anything we did a drive through at Mickey D's for a late supper.
Once back at the in law's house Rudee's brother came over to stay with their Mom and we returned to the hospital. They finally decided to admit her Dad for the night to try and get the swelling down while monitoring his blood pressure so Rudee went back to their house and I came back to the 5th wheel. It was past midnight when I finally made it home, a long day for sure.
Rudee has spent the last several days at her parents while I have been commuting back and forth. Her Dad is still in the hospital and we are hoping he will be released today. They were set to release him yesterday but his BP was low. Rudee's sister then found out they were not giving him the medicine he takes to raise it so hopefully that little issue will be corrected today. He is a terrible patient and just wants to be back at home. I guess I can't blame him, I don't like hospitals much either. :-)
I am thankful we have been available to help out during all this, I guess He puts us where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be there. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Humans much like animals only want to be in their own homes when they are sick or injured. Also many older people associate going to the hospital only for their final moments not as a place to getting back on the road to good health. We'll keep them in our prayers.

    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Hopefully everything will soon be back to normal and every one in good health. My prayers are with you.

  3. Our prayers our with you guys. Caring for parents can be challenging. You are right, I also believe he puts us where we need to be. Hope they both get better soon.