Monday, November 29, 2010
My grandpa, who has Alzheimer's, was taken to the CCU by ambulance early Sunday morning. He had been vomiting at home and telling my grandma that he felt like he was dying. We found out that he is in kidney failure and he has been sick for a long time, so it has effected every organ in his body. His kidneys were not filtering out toxins in his body so it just effected every part of him. We didn't know anything was wrong with him because he has Alzheimer's. He is not able to express those types of things and he sleeps about 22 hours a day and he hasn't really looked well for a while any way. He is on a ventilator. He also has a balloon pump regulating his heart because it is too weak, probably from infection. He underwent dialysis yesterday, which helped. He had some urine output and his creatine and potassium came down. The doctors said it is very early to tell still and that he is very sick and anyone that wants to see him should do so now. His prognosis is poor. We went to see him yesterday and he just did not look good. I am very sad and very worried about my grandma and my Dad and my uncles. It is very rough on our family and although we knew he had a disease, it is still hard to prepare for this.He started showing signs of dementia probably before 2001. He was at our house on Thanksgiving and he looked pale and didn't talk much or eat much, but that has been so normal for him lately. He also went to a regular doctor appointment last week and the doc said he looked good. It was just a surprise. Before he left our house on Thursday, he was commenting that I was "gaining a lot of weight just in the middle". He asked when the baby was due and if the baby was kicking. He said when I felt kicks to let him know so he could feel them, too. Just sad.