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Please pray for my Dad

Tourmeister

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Howdy,

:tab So last week (8/11) my folks and older brother left for Steamboat Springs, Co., for a week vacation. Saturday night (8/13) I got a call from Mom to let me know they were in the ER at the local hospital in Steamboat Springs. Dad apparently had pneumonia and altitude sickness. Because he is 77 years old, they also did a lot of tests related to his heart, but everything came back good. He spent the night in the hospital and was released late the next day (Sunday evening). Monday morning he was cleared to head home after one day of being at their vacation destination. He got a prescription and also picked up one of those oxygen concentrators that you see people pulling around on little carts with the hose on their face. They left Monday and made it to Raton, NM., then to Wichita Falls Tuesday, and finally back to Huntsville on Wednesday evening.

:tab I visited with him last night and he is REALLY weak and still having breathing issue. He also gets really severe chills. He had a follow up visit with his local Doc this morning. I just got a call from Mom and they were admitting him to the local hospital. Apparently, there might be more than just pneumonia at work here. They're not sure exactly what is going on, but hope to be able to get a better handle on it with him in the hospital. We have no idea how long he will be there.

:tab Last night, as he was getting up from the table and making his way to his room, he mentioned that he's been feeling weak and fatigued for 5-6 weeks!! So it is likely that he was already having issues before he left town last week and just didn't bother to mention it :doh: Mom wasn't pleased to hear that! Like most guys, he hates going to the doctor.

:tab Dad and I have worked together for the last 22 years. There are only three of us in the office. When one is out, it can get a bit hectic if we get real busy. Dad is also not real good at just sitting around and prefers to be at work.

:tab Please pray that they can figure out what is causing the shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue. Pray for Mom because this is obviously kind of stressful for her. Pray for Dad not to be stir crazy in the hospital. Pray for us at work that we can handle whatever happens while he is out. Lastly, just pray for all of us that we can accept and deal with whatever happens from all of this...

Thanks.
 

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Done.

My oldest daughter had the same thing happen on a mission trip years ago. She was about 20 years old, a scary time and took her a while to recover. It kicked the crap out of her.

Today she take regular hikes and camps in the mountains outside of Seattle.

Hang in there.
 

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Done... Scary and close to home. We are leaving for Durango in mid September with my mother in law, she is 92... We worry about this sort of thing often.

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I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope he will recover soon.
 

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Nothing but best thoughts for the entire Friday family, hoping for a prompt and complete diagnosis and recovery.
 

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You and your family will be in my prayers.
 

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:tab Well, as of this morning, they have decided that he DOES NOT have pneumonia. Instead, he has some kind of infection throughout his lungs, but they don't know for sure what it is. They've got him on some kind of heavy duty antibiotic IV drip and they will likely keep him in the hospital at least until Sunday. He is feeling better. They have some kind of breathing treatment they do that really makes him feel better, cough less, and not feel so tight in the chest. Not going stir crazy will be an issue for him...
 

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:tab Well, hopefully he will get to come home later today. His resting blood oxygen level is 98%. But as soon as he gets up and starts trying to get around, he gets light headed REAL fast! So he will be using an oxygen concentrator for a few weeks at least. Doc says it might be 6-8 weeks before a full recovery. The good thing is that if he can walk the 100 feet from the house to the office, he should be good to return to work. It is a desk job. Just having him here to handle phone calls so we can stay on top of the work would be a big help.
 

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:tab Well, he's home and definitely looks better. He's got small oxygen tanks he can carry in a satchel with a shoulder strap for walking around outside the house or if he goes anywhere. He's got the big concentrator to use around the house or in bed (in conjunction with the CPAP machine). Hopefully a few nights of good rest in his own bed without people poking and prodding will make him feel even better. He plans to be in the office tomorrow morning. I had to pull an all nighter starting about 8:30pm last night and ending around 6:45am this morning, and then be here in the office at 8:00am... so I am sort of in zombie mode ride now. I am still on 24 hr call, so hopefully it will be a quiet evening and I can go to bed at a decent time. I am definitely running on empty...

:tab Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes.
 

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Good rest is a jumpstart for the body's immune system. Agree with good rest, and is easier than in a hospital.
Still believing for total restoration.
 

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:tab Well, Dad was home and came to work all of last week and did fine. He is still very weak though. After seeing a lung specialist, they have him on the oxygen full time. As long as he is just hanging out, sitting at his desk, talking on the phone, he's fine. It's when he tries to get up and move around very much that he quickly gets out of breath. The lung specialist is not totally convinced that whatever caused the problem is completely gone. They are doing some more blood work to try to get a better handle on what might still be there. Given the medication they had him on, the lung specialist said he should be stronger by now.

:tab I am supposed to be leaving for a 10 day trip to Utah and Colorado with a few other TWT guys and my oldest daughter, Sarah. This will be her first big trip and she's VERY excited about going. We are scheduled to leave Thursday. This means Dad will be covering the office (with help) for the week that I am gone. The biggest deal is after hour calls. We don't normally get too many in the wee hours any more. I got HAMMERED by one while he was in the hospital and I was up for about 38 hours straight. It wiped me out. If he were to get something like that while I am gone, it would be rough.

:tab Just pray that they can nail down what is causing the problem so they can eliminate it and his body can get on with healing. Other than this, he is in quite good health. It is kind of getting him down a bit because he doesn't do sitting around real well. Please also pray that he just has an easy week while I am gone. Oh, and pray that we have a safe trip :thumb:

Thanks.
 

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Prayers sent... Scott we will be arriving in Durango on the 16th, let me know if you will be anywhere near by I would love to try and ride to you and say hi if it happens to work out...


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Prayers for your Dad and the whole family.

I hope you are able to leave it behind for a few days and enjoy this trip with Sarah, what a great opportunity to spend some time with her.
 
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Prayers sent... Scott we will be arriving in Durango on the 16th, let me know if you will be anywhere near by I would love to try and ride to you and say hi if it happens to work out...


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You will find him at Serious Texas Bar-B-Que in Durango.:deal:
 

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:tab So Dad went in for some CT scans this morning. Tomorrow morning he and Mom will meet with the Doc to review the results of some blood work from last week and the CT scans. They're both pretty anxious about it and are hoping that the results will reveal what is really going on and what might be done about it.

:tab He and I were just sitting here talking at work. He looks much better and seems to be feeling better. He doesn't seem to be getting as winded just from talking like he did before.

You will find him at Serious Texas Bar-B-Que in Durango.:deal:
:lol2:

:tab IF we were going through Durango, that would probably be true. However, we will be going South of Durango on our way back to Farmington, NM. In Pagosa Springs, we will head South on some back roads and follow the San Juan River over to Navajo Lake.
 
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