In Grief Diaries; Pt 2, Diagnosis we successfully got my dad over to my house. His move to my house was a relief, but this relief didn’t last long. After dad got a bit of rest, I started to realize that he was a lot sicker than I thought. I don’t know if the issues were directly related to cancer, but I suspected that they could be.
Soon after he arrived, I had to take him to the Emergency room for a bladder issue. He told me that he didn’t want a catheter, but he was having some bladder draining problem. I mentioned that women get them during childbirth and he should suck it up if that’s what he needed.
Upon getting settled in the VA, Emergency room a doctor that was in charge of his care, I learned of the many health issues that my dad had failed to tell me. I also learned that he was supposed to follow up after his initial diagnosis of Acid Reflux in the very early stages of his illness.
I addition to stomach cancer, I was shocked to learn that he had bladder failure, kidney disease, heart disease, and an enlarged prostate. He needed a catheter immediately because he had a fluid build-up which was backing up into his kidneys.
Dad stayed in the hospital for a few days, then went to a rehabilitation center. I got a minute to catch a breather, but that minute was very short-lived. Life was about to get very complex, little did I know.
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