Monday, June 19, 2006

He's Coming Home

Or at least to the nursing home! After several phone calls between me, Mom, the hospital, and the nursing home he finally gets to get out of the hospital! So far, his plans are to chain smoke 4 or 5 packs of cigarettes - gotta make up for lost time, those lungs are much too clean at this point!

He was actually out of danger on Wednesday of last week, but he ended up with this toxin known as c diff. It's a common something - not sure if virus, bacteria, toxin, what - that people get after being on antibiotics for an extended period of time, and it causes diarrhea. It's highly contagious, and the nursing home couldn't take him back while he had it (it runs (HA) thru nursing homes like crazy). At this point, I don't know if he had it to begin with and that's what caused all the problems, or if he developed it in the hospital or what. I don't even care anymore, he's over it, and he gets to go back home.

The hospital called Mom this morning and told her that they were releasing Dad but that the nursing home wouldn't take him. WHAT? And what are we supposed to do with him? Then the nursing home said that they couldn't take him back until he'd been on this one antibiotic (to get rid of the c diff) for 14 days, but that the hospital had to keep him. It went back and forth for a while, but it finally got all worked out. Thank God.

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