Monday, February 15, 2016

A Turning Point for the Little RV

As I write this I am sitting in the surgery waiting area while Rob has a port placed in his chest to allow for dialysis.  His kidney's have finally failed. Last Sunday he was admitted through the emergency room for his congestive heart failure (CHF). His lungs were filling with fluid and making it very difficult to breathe. Over the last 8 days he's been pretty miserable. What we didn't know is aside from his CHF his kidneys had basically stopped producing urine and moving the fluids out of his system. 

If all goes well in surgery today he will start dialysis today and have it for three consecutive days. The plan is Thursday he should be released from the hospital, Friday he should have outpatient dialysis locally and on Sunday we will move back to Washington. He will have dialysis three times a week from now on. 

We are planning to switch him to home dialysis after he is stabilized so we can continue our travels. We have so many more places to go. 

I am particularly hopeful he will feel better without all of those nasty toxins in his system. 

In case you're wondering, we're in Oregon. We were here awaiting the birth of our 7th grandchild who arrived on January 31st.  His name is River and he just couldn't wait to meet his new family so he came 8 days early. 


Rob hasn't met him yet but hopefully this week we can arrange something. He's a keeper. 

Our pup Murphy is doing well. 
He's nearly 11 months old and he's a big boy, nearly 70 lbs. He's been great for Rob when he's been feeling down. Murphy is a lap dog and he loves to climb up and snuggle with daddy. 
I've managed to rent another lot in the same resort where we generally stay in Olympia. This time we even have a storage shed.  Talk about luxury!  It's going to be a good place for Rob to rehab and get his strength back. 

I'll try to do a better job of keeping up with the blog from here on out. 

10 comments:

  1. Aside from how adorable River is - you know that you and Bob are constantly in my thoughts and prayers!! Keep an eye on the mail - the crazy card/sticker lady is back at it ... hugs galore from the Jersey Shore!! :)

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    1. Karen, I'll check the mail when we get home. I'm sure he'll be delighted to see your cards coming in again.
      Juley

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  2. Sending healing loving vibes for you all.

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  3. I'm sorry to read this update about Rob's failing kidneys, but glad you have a plan in place. What does this twist do to future travel plans?

    Baby River is beautiful and so sweet. Blessings to your family.

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    1. Donna, We are going to start outpatient dialysis in a dialysis center but (hopefully) switch to home dialysis which we can do while we travel. If all goes well we can be on the road again. Maybe in the fall we can escape. Keep your fingers crossed. Thanks, as always, for your comments.
      Juley

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  4. Hope all goes well with Rob and you, too. It seems that the older we get the more problems that pop up. Please keep up informed because we are pulling for Rob and you.

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    1. Howdy Dizzy,
      I'll try to do a better job of writing in the future. Rob says he feels a bit better today after just two hours of dialysis yesterday. I guess having all of that toxic sludge in your blood really makes you feel nasty.
      Thank you!!
      Juley

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  5. Sending healing energy and good thoughts your way.

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