PG, I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's illness. I pray that he can overcome the infections and get off the respirator. I personally don't see how you can take on caregiving right now.
Hugs and prayers,
PG, so much depends on his status when/if he is discharged. If he's still on a respiratory or needs 24-hour nursing care, he can get into a NH. The doctor would have to do the referral. I suggest you contact some assisted living places, nursing homes, and home health care to see what they offer and what he qualifies for. But it's rather difficult to make a decision until you see if his condition improves.
Hi PG, I am so sorry you are going through this, you are truly an inspiration. I will include you and your family in my prayers. Take care. Toolost
PG, I agree it's best to do something constructive. Worrying is a big waste of energy. Do be aware, though, that it will be easier to get him in a place if the doctor recommends it and it's done as a direct admit from the hospital. In other words, don't have him discharged to you and then try to place him somewhere. In fact, I think a NH would require a doctor's orders. When I worked for doctors, if a patient was at home and needed to go into a NH, we would have them go to the ER for a direct admit to the hospital and then discharge them to a NH.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother.
PG, I am really glad to hear that the antibiotics are working and that your brother is improving. I have personally experienced a ventilator and "all those tubes" and when I was conscious I tried to get out of bed. You never heard so many alarms going off and nurses running. I think it is a natural response to want those foreign objects out. It's not comfortable. Anyway, let's hope that he can be weaned from the respirator and also get the feeding tube out. Please keep us posted.
PG, that's a chest tube and common in such situations. It's great that he's off the ventilator, as the longer one is on one the harder it is to get off.
Prayers for his continued recovery.
Hugs for you,
I'm in Ohio and each state may be different. One thing about power of attorney. There is a medical power of attorney and one where you can handle there financial needs or other matters. I have power of attorney for my father so I can handle his banking, bill paying or discussing his insurance needs etc. My sister and I both have medical power of attorney for medical decisions incase one of us are not available during an emergency. As far as going into a nursing home or assisted living. Being discharged straight from a hospital has it's benefits as far as medicaid or medicare picking up the bills. Something about if they go home first the first 30 days are your responsibility. I worked as a home health aide and a doctors request was necessary, then a nurse with home health would come in to evaluate the clients care needs and determine which if any social services were available as far as payment, in home needs (shower chair, wheel chair, changing shower for handicap accessibility and so on), visiting nurses or the like.
My husband has hep c and lives a normal life such as working full time, golfing etc. He has yearly blood work done and watches his diet, doesn't drink excessively, doesn't take meds which could injure is liver. We know that eventually things could change but we don't let this stop us from living now other than taking the usual precautions so family members won't get infected.
Good Luck and realize there if help out there. I had an excellent case worker at our state Job & Family Services dept that helped me out when my mother needed to be placed in a nursing home and again at the time of her death.
PG, it's proof that prayer works and miracles do happen! Once he gets up and starts walking, he will get stronger day by day. Also, his lungs should improve.
Keep us updated!
Well, at least he's still off the ventilator and doing okay. You spelled albumin correctly. I don't know about the staging. I've never been told what stage of cirrhosis I have, and really don't think it's important. If you have it, you have it. Some cancers go by Class and Stage. So I suppose cirrhosis could be similar. There's nothing in the Palmer book about this that I can find.
My prayers are with your brother for his recovery.
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