First things first. I went to the hospital with my sister, brother-in-law and mother this morning. My dad was in much better shape than expected. My sister said his improvement over yesterday was 200%. This is great news.
The bad news is his underlying sciatica is still there and still causing him lots of pain. Narcotics help, but there’s a limit to how much he should or even wants to take.
Hospitals in general are depressing. Maybe more so in Florida where many people have cascading ailments making a full recovery unlikely.
My dad is on the third floor, separated from another patient by a cloth curtain. We listened to a doctor explain his prognosis to him this afternoon. So much for health privacy laws.
My dad’s heart seems unscathed by the pain he had a few nights ago. He still has long standing heart concerns.
In many ways a hospital resembles an ant farm. Uniformed staff is constantly scurrying back and forth. Each has his own special job and is mainly oblivious to those around him. The ants are always in motion.
Everyone’s niche is so tiny they’re unable to help at all outside their own specialty. That is one of the most frustrating parts of ‘big healthcare.’ So few people can answer questions.
We did see a doctor briefly. Doctors in a hospital are like that one piece in the McDonald’s Monopoly game that’s nearly impossible to get. He seemed to have my dad’s best interests at heart.
My father was in for observation. Yes, he had a bed and round the clock care, but he was not considered admitted under the medicaid standard! You need three midnights to pass after admission to open the door for further treatment. Without official admission that won’t happen.
Sometime today his status changed to admitted. That’s good, even though we’re not sure how it happened.
He’ll probably leave the hospital in a few days and head to a rehab facility. We need companion care for my mom for that time.
My sister has taken charge. She is great at this. We will work together to help my folks write their next chapter.
Growing old is not for wimps!