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03/17/2010 11:48 PM

Father may be released, but...??

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First of all, I am so glad this support group is out here, it has helped me gain valuable information about my father's condition. Thank you all so much, and my condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones.

I saw my dad this morning, a little better but still having breathing problems. A physical therapist stopped by, and offered help when he comes home. I want to help him as much as I can, so what foods, drinks, activities and warning signs should I look for? The doctor's have been so vague on these topics, so frustrating!

Any answers would be great, thank you all so much!



03/18/2010 04:53 AM
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First get copies of his most recent labs , so that you know where he stands.

With the problems he has had with fluid it will be very important to limit his salt intake.

Make certain he gets enough nutrition in general. If he won't eat , try Ensure.

Make certain that he doesn't require fluid restriction. If he does, find out how limited he should be.

Be careful with sport drinks. Many contain a lot of sodium.

Accept help when offered. Caregiver burn out is a big problem.

Watch for changes, increased fluid or increased difficulty breathing are big warning signs. Fever , increased confusion could be a sign of infection

The most important is to use your common sence , If something has you worried, call his Dr. If you have any doubt , take him to the er.

Most people know when something is wrong. So trust you instincts.


03/18/2010 07:24 PM
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Thanks Gail!!

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