Darrell was just admitted into Intensive Care and is now on intravenous feeding and forced oxygen. It was suspected that he had a stroke. The next two days will be critical.
Tomorrow, Darrell will be in the hospital for three weeks. While I have no good news about a quick recovery, his doctors are optimistic that he will pull through this ordeal, but it will be a slow process. Darrell’s health has been on the decline over the last two years, so it wasn’t just a matter of getting his heart back to good health. One area of concern was a large ulcer on his left foot that has been addressed, albeit only two days ago. He still has an irregular heart beat, minor liver problems, anemia, some lingering infection, and diabetes, which have all contributed to a slow recovery.
For those of you living in Tucson (Kara, Mary Ann Cram, Suzanne & Richard Clark, Cheryl Brown, etc.), you can visit him at room 429, and help him eat his meals. At the moment, he is very weak. Getting a glass of water to his mouth is a major challenge. Our immediate goal is to have him sit up in a chair. Then it will be to walk a short distance. That accomplished, it will be rehab at a half-way house. However, first things first.
Darrell’s nephew, Mike Anderson, left Tucson on Saturday. But not before putting Darrell and Bob’s financial and record keeping matters into order. In fact, Mike told Darrell that one of the reasons he wanted to have him get better was so that he could eventually kick him in the butt, and Darrell duly acknowledged his transgression. Darrell’s record keeping skills have been terrible over the last year. Mike also had the where-with-all to isolate and prioritize critical health issues for both Darrell and Bob.
Under the stress of Darrell’s problems, Bob’s short-term memory skills have evaporated. While he may have visited with Darrell at the hospital two times during a specific day, he cannot remember a thing. When you call Bob on the phone, it can be very stressful. However, he really appreciates and gets great comfort from your cards, particularly the humorous ones. So keep them coming.
Helen and I are still in Houston visiting with our son and his family. We will travel from Houston to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday. If all goes well, I will give you an update on Darrell and Bob on Tuesday.
It is early Friday morning, and I am writing this Blog from my son’s home in Houston. Hopefully, by the end of the day, I will be able to give you an update and good news on Darrell’s progress. Unfortunately, late Tuesday evening Darrell’s white blood cell count accelerated and his heart beat increased dramatically. An infection was identified, anit-biodics administered, and by Thursday, he was doing much better. Darrell’s nephew, Mike, arrived in Tucson early Wednesday evening and is doing a great job in helping to organize help for both Darrell and Bob.
After I saw Darrell yesterday, I talked with Marlene and Darrell’s nephew, Mike. I believe that we have come up with a good plan to help both Darrell and Bob. I will tell you more about it on Friday.
In the meantime, Darrell responded well to a tough-love conversation that I had with him. In subsequent visits from Helen and Bob, and Marlene, Darrell was doing much better.