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Saturday, October 26, 2013

"Hospital Visits, Think Again..." 'Judith Whitehead' (Inspiration Sunday)

Judith Whitehead pictured above with her 94 year old father, Bert.
Judith lives in Amherst New York and has worked in the ophthalmology field of
medicine for over 30 years and counting...

Hospital Visits, Think Again

If You think you are safe in the hospital and are 94…think again….

Recently my dad was hospitalized for a serious blood infection and kidney infection; he had sepsis.  Being out of sorts, feverish and out of his element he was not happy. Having difficulty finding collapsed veins and not wanting to eat a hospitalist took a look at him and made a judgement call; he’s 94, has dementia and is combative…let’s call in palliative care and hospice to talk to the family.   By no means is my dad ready to buy the farm yet.  

If he had been younger, this option  would have not even been brought to the table.  Needless to say, after my intervention, he was put on oral antibiotics and responded well to them, started eating like a horse and was released from the hospital 3 days later on my insistence.  

We better keep an eye on our elderly because snap decisions can seal their fate!

Hana Hou, (Encore) Shared From Facebook...


KimoRosen said...

More people die in the hospital from infections such as Staph that were contacted in the hospital after their initial reason for being there in the first place...I am grateful your father is out. most people would =rather live out there days anywhere but the hospital. Fresh air, ocean breeze, now that's healing!

Deborah Anne said...


Harmony Bentosino said...

I'm glad the hospital finally decided to let you have a say in the decision about your dad!

Deborah Morel said...

If Judith did not have the training she has gained, and the assertiveness to speak out--placing faith in this hospital. This story is disturbing--accurate and disturbing. Judith, I am glad your father is feeling much better, and back home where he needs to be.