I suspected pneumonia because he has had more problems keeping his O2 sats up, not always using his C-pap and oxygen when he needs it. Plus there's been some coughing and a touch of wheezing. But the chest X-ray showed the lungs were okay.
The problem was his blood sugars. I was starting to suspect that too because of his increased thirst and lethargy, beginning two days earlier. I think we were all floored when they came back 810!!! This is a totally new diagnosis. And I am shaking in my boots for what it's going to mean for my caregiving.
I've been stressed out to the max with his oxygen issues this past year, keeping him using his CPAP, etc. And now it looks like at the very least, we'll be on a restricted diet (I say "we" because I'll have to be on it with him), plus pricks and insulin shots.
He's pretty compliant in the hospital right now (dementia is never easy), but don't know how he'll behave when he gets home with it all. He's already talking to me on the side about walking out of the hospital when he feels HE'S ready.
Don't know how we'll get through this, but I know we will. Appreciate your prayers, and will reciprocate. I know others here are going through similar or worse. Just comes with our job description...
The thought that uplifts me is he has survived so much. He walked into that hospital on his own, with blood sugars that high. He's my "superman". I think he's made of iron. (P.S. His traumatic brain injury was the result of a tractor running over him 17 years ago!) God must want him here with us for a reason.
Note: This is a picture of Dean (age 70) eating an apple with his three surviving teeth. They must be make of iron too!
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