Not good news today from Ann, my stepmom. My dad has been put in the ICU at Lourdes. In his two weeks at the nursing home, he has apparently suffered a heart attack without them being aware of it. Ann had a verbal altercation with several staffers at the home, with mention of him not being able to stay awake or alert and with them not cleaning him or taking very good care of him. I felt even worse now about how he was on Sunday, and wish I had called Ann right away – although Sunday is when she had her discussion with the staff there. He has a few other things going on – including needing to be dialyzed, even though he was going three times a week at the nursing home. I hope that they are able to get him stronger and back on the road to recovery at Lourdes. He seemed to have been talking of being well and doing things again, and it would be so sad to have him get back into a deep depression over this recent setback.
And I feel so bad for Ann. This is a huge burden for her – worrying about him all the time, trying to figure out what to do that would give him the best care. I wish there was something I could do. I want to find something nice for Mother’s Day that won’t break my recently tightened budget, but I don’t know what I can do that would be helpful to her.
I stopped praying for my dad to be well again and pray now that whatever the plan is for him that he and Ann find the strength to get through things.