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My grandfather is making progress. We decided that short term rehabilitation for my grandfather was necessary after the month long health ordeal he has been through. He was moved from the hospital in Boston last week to a short term rehabilitation facility near our home (it’s the same campus where he goes to camp) and so far, he is doing excellent. I don’t want to jinx anything but we are thinking he will probably come home sometime this week (knock on wood). Can I just tell you, these last 25 days have been insane. Stress. Stress. And more stress. Mental health and the elderly is a scary thing. Heck, mental health in general is a scary thing. Our brains can do some pretty crazy things when they decide to stop working.
If you have been following along, you know that my grandfather was taken to the hospital almost a month ago because he just didn’t seem right. He was confused more than normal, very agitated and honestly, it was pretty scary. While he was in the hospital being evaluated and getting his meds adjusted, they found he had 2 ulcers. He had to be transported to another hospital to be treated for the ulcers which all happened during our first blizzard of the season here in Mass.
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Once the ulcers were treated, he went back to the hospital in Boston to be evaluated and finally, his meds started to work and his confusion became more manageable. Well kind of. I talk about that in my post Dementia and Alzheimer’s The Disease from Hell. Once the medications were straightened out, we had my grandfather moved to a short term rehabilitation center to help get his arms and legs working again. The confusion of 3 hospital moves and being stuck in a hospital bed due to the ulcers didn’t do his mobility any favors.
My grandfather attends the Adult Day Health at Salmon Health & Retirement so it worked out perfectly having him do his rehab there as well. He already likes the campus and is familiar with it so needless to say, he was thrilled when he found out he could WRAP UP this latest bump in the road near our home and on the same campus he attends “camp.”
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They have the cutest farmers porch where my grandparents like to sit and visit. We have had exceptionally warm weather this past week here in Mass so it was nice to let them be outside and take in the fresh air.
He has been working hard this past week at rehab getting his legs and arms flexible and working on his stability with a walker. It’s so hard to see a guy that has literally been self sufficient and a rock his entire life, be so vulnerable and weak. Stay tuned, we have been cleaning, donating and moving around rooms in our house in an effort to get my grandfather home. He will need 24/7 supervision and care moving forward so things are changing a bit in our house. More on that later this week. In case you missed the post about our latest DIY project, we have partnered with Shaw Flooring for a huge flooring transformation in our family room. Lots of projects are staring in March so sit tight, we have lots of new stuff coming.
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