Last Weekend –
My stepmom called, I answered the phone –
She asks “Where are you?” Me wondering what an odd question this was, I answer “I am home.”
She asks “Did you get my text?” I answer “No.”
She responds “I was wondering why I had not heard from you.” “Your dad is in the hospital, we darn near lost him!”
As I write this, tears come to my eyes – don’t forget I cry a lot (post: 55 – still crying)
I wrote about my dad and his Parkinson Disease in my post ‘One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked…’ He is struggling with this disease and several weeks ago when I attended the wedding of son #3 (post: Son #3 Now Married); I thought my dad would be there. He could not make it for feeling sick. That next week he was in the hospital due to stomach issues and was extremely dehydrated. After a couple of days he was out of the hospital, doing better but weak.
Last Weekend –
My stepmom responds “He is really sick, I had to call 911; we darn near lost him!”
Current Situation –
My dad lives about 40 minutes from me. But this last weekend he was in a different city; about 5 hours away. This city is where my parents are from and where I grew up. This city is where my mom, sister, son #1 and son #3 live. This city is where my dad and stepmom want to move back to. So they decided to take a road trip to this city to see what would be available to them for their housing needs. I was unaware of this trip, so was surprised when my stepmom told me they were there.
This Past Week –
I have called every day to check in on my dad and to let him know I love him and I want him to get better. My dad’s white blood cell count improved – this was an issue that had to be corrected. He had not been able to eat, so he received fluids and nutrition through artificial hydration and nutrition. My dad’s gut microbiome is nonexistent. From gutmicrobiotawatch.org, functions of microbiome are –
- It helps the body to digest certain foods that the stomach and small intestine have not been able to digest.
- It helps with the production of some vitamins (B and K).
- It helps us combat aggressions from other microorganisms, maintaining the wholeness of the intestinal mucosa.
- It plays an important role in the immune system, performing a barrier effect.
- A healthy and balanced gut microbiota is key to ensuring proper digestive functioning.
My dad is still in the hospital, is weak and unable to eat without having issues. He continues to receive fluids and nutrition through artificial hydration and nutrition. Until he is able to eat food and keep it down without issues, he will need to stay in the hospital.