Sunday

My Dads Progress...

I guess its been a long week. A really long week. After Tuesdays events and taking my dad to the Hospital I didn't think it could get much worse.

I took last week off from all blogging to motivate my dad. (w/ the exception my weekly review on SIMPLE- along with a giveaway) But I wanted to get him going in a new direction. Hes just been all over the place lately. Since last September he's given up all red meat, pork and most salt intake. But then again he's smoking more....so I'm at a loss there. ugh ::sigh:: I did however get him OUT of the living room this week and into HIS room. You might be wondering what I'm talking about. ummm... well my father with all back issues has for the past SEVERAL years slept on the couch. Which is worse on him in the long run but hes more comfortable there. About 3 or 4 years ago when I was working 50/60 hour shifts (Hospice) I along with my big brother went in and got him one of those craftmatic adjustable beds in a king size. Too bad the only thing he uses it for is too lay his clean clothes on while he folds them. He sure is anal about how he folds his clothes. Regardless he's now in a bed, which is one step in the right direction.

I went with him on Thursday morning to his follow up Doctor appointment. Checking everything after the hospital...

to make a long story REALLY short...my Daddies Dr "whatever" thats 30 years old and wet behind the ears. He looks at my daddy whose been cut open 6 times and is 47 and I guess he thinks my fathers one of those ppl that just likes to take pain medicine. (WRONG! He takes LESS than I do) But this Dr is new to the practice and when my fathers original Dr left this is who he got stuck with. Someone that walks into a room, doesn't introduce himself to my dad, just looks at his chart and says "I don't prescribe pain meds so if thats what your here for then I'm sorry." (My dad told me this and I BOILED) But I took him to the doctor Thursday Morning and me with my degree looked at the Dr about the 2nd time he interrupted my father and I jumped his butt. Ohhhhh. I was pissed. First off every time my dad goes to the Dr. the CMA NEVER reads his blood pressure accurately. For a WHILE now I read it after my dad goes in as well as bought him an automatic cuff for his birthday last year, and EVERY SINGLE TIME his bp is high. Even after he's cut his diet. Thursday after I got ahold of that Dr we left with blood pressure meds. (FINALLY years too late) pain pills (Dr DID eventually give him to him b.c he Rarely asks and his original Dr always gave him the same Rx. ), Lyrica for his convulsions, ...and a air mattress... all this from a doctor who looked at my father the first time and said "I don't believe in medication I want to send you to a pain management clinic" WHICH they pump you FULL of pain meds!! idiot. sorry I had to vent. I just love my dad and hate to see him walked all over.

Oh and BELIEVE I will be back. He was in the ER two weeks ago and STILL can't see fully out of his right eye. He has a 30% curve to his spine, 9 bulging disks and 6 pinched nerves among other things. He will not be overlooked.

CAn I add that my dad walked out of there so proud of his little girl for yelling at that Dr. Throwing all his medical terminology RIGHT back in his face, and by the time we left had him asking me...."anything else? are you sure? are you sure? IF you NEED TO CALL ME DO SO FOR ANYTHING!!!!!!"

:O) I usually don't loose my temper but DO NOT mess with my family.

Oh and the end of the week was even better....grrrr!!!



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8 comments:

  • Lisa Loo said...
     

    Good for you! I don't have a dgree but I have been going with my Dad to the Dr also because these young whippersnappers can be real idiots! I ache for you and your Dad and what you all are having to go through right now. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • RhondaLue said...
     

    I have a degree in medical transcription so I know most of the medical terminology and can hold my own in a conversation. Well, I'm the same way-don't mess with my family! I just read the post below and I canm't believe how much he has going on. POOR DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have one herniated disc and it's controlled my life. I'm always in pain and I can't even IMAGINE what your dear dad has lived with!

    Oh and I was sent to a pain mngmt dr and he didn't do meds at all. They did nerve blocks and steroid joint and epidural injections to calm the inflammation. I did several of them and now since they didn't help enough I'm being sent to a neurosurgeon for surgery. i just want it DONE with and FIXED so I can get on with life w/o the pain!!

  • Tasha said...
     

    I am so proud of you too. Who does that dr think hes messing with? Good job

  • Courtney said...
     

    I'm glad you stood up for your dad...I hate to see people walked all over. Before I switched dr's I told him that he didn't know me better because he had student loans to prove how long he spent in school. And for his information, I pay for those student loans so he might want to listen to me....I never went back; I was way too mad.

  • Stacey said...
     

    good gravy! Glad you gave it to the doc. Sometimes they have such an ego problem.

  • Jennifer said...
     

    Haven't seen you on here (posting) in a while...hope all is well with you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers!!

    ~Jennifer

  • Courtney said...
     

    Hey, I left an award for you....now please come back to blogging. Hope all is well.

  • Brenda said...
     

    Please start blogging again.

    I was wondering why you ar enot on simple any longer?