My dad went in for his third open heart at the start of February. Everything went okay, I brought him home and with in three days I knew something wasn’t right. Long story short I got him to hospital with hours to spare. He ended up with a major chest infection. Coma for weeks, more surgeries and plastic surgery to close the chest wound. He’s still in rehab, and I’m in the process of getting him out and into his home by next week. My dad was totally self sufficient before. On the operating table the second time he went in his blood pressure went so low he stroked out. The right frontal lobe is now dead with clusters of other parts. He can never drive again, never drink as he is on high strength antibiotics for the rest of his life, which already mess with his warfrin levels. His personality is completely different and can’t seem to sensor appropriate behavior. So many other issues. But I’m so grateful he survived. I have set up comlink and high care for four months and have one of his friends staying with him for a while. I’m in pharmacy so I’ve sorted Webster packs. I work part time and have two small kids. My hubby is fly in fly out. I’m only 35 so this is my first time caring for a sick parent. But I’ve seen it burn ouy so many of my customers. I’m going to allocate Mon and Fri mornings to him otherwise I can see him driving me nuts. Love him to bits, but he’s always been very demanding and passive aggressive. Would love and advice from those that have been in this situation.
Posted by Starlight, 8th May 2014