I was out running errands and Mom called to tell me the nursing home had sent Dad to the hospital. (THEY DID NOT CALL ME FIRST, AGAIN!!!!) Mom was a wreck...and had just made herself lunch, when she got the call. She told me she felt like she had a bowling ball in her stomach and no appetite.
Apparently, Dad was sitting in the dining room drinking some coffee and was spilling it on himself. When the Aide went to him, Dad was unresponsive. They called 911.
Dad spoke a few words to the 911 people, mostly kept his eyes closed, and responded only to pain stimuli. I know Dad will go into "combat mode" when he is afraid and going somewhere strange. He closes his eyes and won't talk to anyone unless he feels safe.
Mom sent out a fast email to everyone and told me she was off to the hospital. She had taken the day off to work on the Medi-Cal paperwork...
I sent a text to everyone. I just got home and called the hospital. They transferred me to the ER, and then to Mom. She is sitting with Dad. The doctor discovered Dad has a bladder infection, so they are treating him with antibiotics. He does not seem to have any paralysis. We were concerned he may have had a stroke.
Ironically, the doctor has a Father with Alzheimer's and suggested not doing a battery of tests on Dad. Mom told him she did not want him to be traumatized or upset. The doctor agreed and said they would only do tests which would disturb Dad the least. The doctor told Mom he would probably keep Dad over night.
5:49pm My sister just called. She spoke with Mom who was on her way home from the hospital. The doctor determined Dad could return to the nursing home and did not have to stay in the hospital. What a relief! Just has a bladder infection, so he must have felt pretty lousy, and no doubt, disoriented. Closing his eyes, is something Dad also does to concentrate or to disengage himself. If something is unpleasant to him, he will just close his eyes and take himself to a nicer place.
I am soooooooooooooo relieved! I want to thank all of you for the prayers, I know you all prayed for Dad... and the prayers were heard!
6pm The nursing home called me...HOORAY!!! Dad is safe and sound back in his bed. Am so glad he did not have to stay at the hospital. I know he will feel more comfortable there. The nurse told me he was sleeping and had not eaten any dinner. I told her he was probably exhausted from being in pain. Once the antibiotics kick in, and he gets some shut eye...he will no doubt wake up STARVING and RAVENOUS!
Welcome back Dad....sleep tight.