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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chris Transferred

So, the news today was that Chris was transferred to Kindred.  Now, Kindred is a speciality pulmonary hospital which I am well familiar with because Bob spent about a month there back in 2010.  They are experts with weaning off ventilators and treating severe pneumonias and other pulmonary issues.  Bob had pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism and I remember thinking (upon noticing the other patients there) that Bob was doing better than most of them. Kindred does tend to take in the severe cases.

I spoke with Chris's daughter today and she told me that Chris is not doing very well at all.  She is very bloated and has a huge gaping open wound in her stomach -- the latter caused by an infection that set in her feeding tube.  The smell from this open draining wound was so bad in the room that the daughter had to wear a mask to keep from gagging.

Chris is not coherent. And seems to be "drifting on and off".  Her urine is orange, and they are suctioning green gunk from her lungs.

The daughter was not able to get much information from the one nurse present and could not find a doctor (no surprise here, as I had the same problem when Bob was there.) So the daughter did not get much information as to Chris's status....

I do know that Kindred is the only facility I ever had Bob admitted to where they asked on admission if I wanted to issue a DNR. On admission! jeepers...  Of course, I declined.

I also remember when Bob was discharged and transferred to Acute Rehab that the transport driver told me that it was "pretty rare" to pick up someone alive from Kindred as usually patients there check in but don't check out...

Prayers, people.  If you have a moment.



Anonymous said...

Prayers for Chris and her family and friends.

Mary Ann

DebbieL said...

On so sad to hear. I will keep her in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Diane. I tried many times to leave a comment, but could never get it to go through. This was on my computer. I decided to try checking your blog on my iPad and I think it will work! So sorry to hear about Chris. I know she was a big help to you early-on, when you needed her to watch Bob, while you run errands. God bless her! My prayers go out to her. Hope you are doing better. I know you never get over the loss of a loved one. You just learn to live with it and take one day at a time. Uncle Arnie and I lost our youngest son when he was just 20 years old. We still miss him like crazy, but know someday we will all be together again. Well, I hope this message gets through to you. Hugs, Aunt Rose and Uncle Arnie