Yay for advancing technology! In some ways. This post is bittersweet. I am posting from my tablet because my laptop has temporarily abandoned me. :(. On to an update.
My dad has added two more doctors to his team. He has been having trouble breathing and has not been getting his energy back like he should. Other than that, the dialysis sees to be going fine. When he informed his nephrologist about his lack of energy and the return of troubked breathing, they referred him to a cardiologist.
My aunt, who has been a nurse for 30+ years, did not like the cardiologist they suggested, so she changed his appointment to a different one. She does this quite often and we trust her judgement.
They did an ekg, chest x-ray, stress test, and ultrasound. The news was a mixed blessing. His heart is in relatively good shape, considering he is a 56 year old diabetic, slightly overweight male. He has a small leakage, which they will monitor but are not really concerned with. The bad news is the his body is beginning to retain fluid again. It is already buikding up around his heart and lungs, hence the lack of energy and difficulty breathing.
Unfortunately, this was not the last of the bad news. The Dialysis Center and DFACS also delivered some bad news of their own. My Dad finally got accepted for SSDI, which is good news. The bad news that came with it is that even though he will not recieve these payments until June (something about waiting a 6 month probationary period),his acceptance alone apparently means that we are no longer eligible for food stamps. It was hard on my Mom to apply for them again, and we only had them for a week.
The next part of the bad news came from the Dialysis Center. They routinely do all sorts of tests on Dad to monitor everything. This includes,but is not limited to, blood, urine, and stool tests. On the day we recieved the news about the fluid and his heart, we also recieved a call from the DC. Whatever they test his stool for (blood I think) came back positive. Apparently this is not good. He now gets to add a GI to his team. His gastrointestional appointment is early next month.
His cataracts are starting to give him problems again too. He had the lens replaced in both eyes a few months before we found out he has CKD. I’m not sure if they will be qble to do it again, with all his conditions now. I do know that once his Medi (cade? Care? I can never keep them straight) he intends to schedule an appointment with his optometrist.
I worry about him and mom both. I worry about the physical tolls as well as the emotional tolls… We shall keep our heads up as much as possible.