Today Mom and I attended Dad's Care Conference. Mom in person, me via conference call. My first question was to ask how Dad's head was. Apparently, he did not need antibiotics after all. The steri-strip they "butterflied" over his eyebrow, did the trick.
His eyeglasses have not been delivered yet, so the suggestion was to get Dad some magnifying glasses for reading and for Mom to get him one of those chains to keep his glasses around his neck. His hearing aid has been approved, but Medi-Cal has not paid for it yet. Doesn't look like they will fill Dad's cavity. If he complains, they will pull it. Next time I visit, I will look at Dad's tooth. Maybe I can pay a Dentist to fill it for him.
Dad has gained 26 pounds since August. He weighs 148. His health status and medication has not changed, except they are considering lowering his anti-depressant medication. Dad's doctor will have the final say, but the nursing home is vigilant about not over-medicating.
Dad will be moved back to his old bed by the window today, since his room mate is infection free. I know he will be happy to look out his window and have his "wall of love" again.
Shortly after the conference, I got a call from the charge nurse. When Dad acted up the other day, they took a urinalysis and found out today, he has a urinary tract infection. She explained to me that often a patient can get unruly and angry from not feeling well. Dad will be on antibiotics for a week. I feel they really stay on top of the details the majority of the time...
Mom went to visit Dad after the Conference and found him finishing his lunch, enjoying some cake and coffee. I think Dad thinks he is 18 again, the way his conversations are all about sex lately... Mom listened and joked with him...
Mom needed help getting Dad back to his room, so they paged the male attendant. Dad's Angel, doctor-doctor heard the room number paged, and recognized it as Dad's. Mom noticed she looked tired and she admitted she was. Mom explained to Dad that his Angel was tired and needed to go home and rest. Dad agreed, being very concerned for her, but wanted to follow her home.
Before Mom could open her mouth, Angel caught Mom's eye and shook her head, letting Mom know not to worry. She would handle it.
The movie for the afternoon was GONE WITH THE WIND...and you all know how Dad would look forward to that!!