Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Six Week Update on Rob From the Little RV

This week we passed the six week mark in Rob's illness and recovery. After four weeks in the hospital and two weeks in a high acuity rehabilitation hospital he is improving slowly. He is able to get in and out of bed with minimal assistance and he can walk about 35 feet with a walker. I was able to take him outside the other day and he soaked up some sunshine. 

Last weekend we managed to get him showered, shaved, a haircut, nail trim and he looks more like himself. He is also eating some of his meals in the chair rather than in bed.  
Yesterday we got the news yesterday that he will most likely be moved to a skilled nursing facility next week. 

The case manager has to check in weekly with our insurance company and get continuing authorization for his stay. His condition no longer requires the level of care provided by his current digs so (in order to save $$$) the insurance company wants him moved to a less expensive facility. 

I think Rob was expecting to go home from his current facility and is feeling a little depressed about the move. 

I have really mixed feelings about the move.  The new facility is further away from Benson, where the Little RV is parked. On the bright side, I have been having an ongoing battle with his current facility over the sodium content in his food. Sodium is the enemy for those with congestive heart failure and kidney disease. I am hopeful the food at the new facility will be better for his dietary requirements. 

In order for him to come home he needs to be able to get himself around better and up and down stairs so he can get inside the Little RV (4 steps) and up to the bedroom (2 steps). Additionally he is on high flow oxygen which is greater than most facilities and home oxygen equipment can produce. His oxygen requirement has fluctuated between 5 and 11 liters but this needs to be much more stable before he can come home. 

The other day Rob commented how much he misses my cooking and how he's love some meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Tomorrow is our 17th wedding anniversary so I plan to take him meatloaf and mashed potatoes...not from a box... cooked with antibiotic free, organic ground beef, real potatoes and no added sodium.

Thursday I paid for our RV site through May. The rate here goes down in the summer because it is their slow season. I can't wait until he can come home and recuperate here in his own home.

6 comments:

  1. Great news. Slow progress is good. Happy anniversary to you both! Sure glad you can spend it together!

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    1. Thank you Michael and Dee! I don't care where we celebrate, I'm just glad he's still here to celebrate.
      Juley

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  2. Glad to hear he is almost ready to come home. He will improve dramatically after he is home, I bet ya.

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    1. Thanks Dizzy! I'm sure he'll improve much faster at home too. You can actually sleep at home. Hospitals are the worst place to rest.
      Juley

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  3. My brother spent 18 days in the hospital recently and came home (to "his little RV") last week. After so many days in bed, it was a real chore getting up the steps into the 5th wheel, and every time he has to climb those two steps to the bathroom, it leaves him winded. He's just so weak. Rob will have an even longer recuperation since he was so much sicker. Hopefully, the new facility will please you better and he can really thrive. I hope he will be ready to go home soon. Happy anniversary!!

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    1. Donna, Thanks for the anniversary wish. I hope your brother gets his strength back soon. At this point Rob can't stand on his own so I have no idea what we are looking at but we'll just keep plugging away until he can come home.
      Juley

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