Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Heart Failure

I found out today that my Grandfather is in the hospital with congestive heart failure. He was taken there earlier on today. They still don't know what all is wrong with him and will be running tests in the morning. His body is full of fluid and it can not get rid of it. They are estimating about 20 pounds of fluid. They have already "drained" ten pounds of it. His legs were so swollen that you couldn't even tell his knee was a knee. His legs and his stomach area are "rock hard" from all the fluid build-up. Some of this might have been avoided if he had gone to the doctors when he started not feeling well, and became unable to "release" fluids the normal way. But being a stubborn man (I have yet to meet a man who will voluntarily go to the doctor's), and pretty much set in his ways at 92 years old, he didn't go. Hopefully tomorrow we will find out more about what has happened, and how they will go about treating it. I can not imagine him having to go through surgery at his age. They said that they may give him medication to help (ie. Pills), but he said that he didn't want to have to take pills every day. (Probably because that's what his wife had to do.) But this man take about 7 or 8 different vitamin supplements a day. As my Mom said, "What's one more pill?" If you're out there and reading this. Think good thoughts! I will be trying to keep on the positive side of it all, and be praying for the best possible outcome. Grandpa's been around for quite some time, and I don't think he's ready to throw in the towel yet.


Blogger withahook said...

I'll be praying. My grandfather went through similar stuff eight years ago and he's still out shoveling snow from his driveway. I'll be praying.

2/16/2005 8:41 AM  
Anonymous smyz64 said...

If he's not ready to go, he won't. People that age know how to stave off illnesses and such. They are just too thick skinned. My thoughts are with you.

2/16/2005 11:32 AM  
Blogger justcinful said...

Thank you so very much for your well wished and good thoughts. We don't have any news from the tests yet, but we are hoping that it's positive.

2/16/2005 12:36 PM  

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