Dad has a trach in his throat to breath through. They say it can come out over time, month or so. We'll see. But it's a step in the right direction. His tongue and throat were hella swollen so they had to do that.
He got a shunt put in his head yesterday to let the spinal fluid drain through this tube down into his belly area. As the brain bleed is slowly reabsorbed back into the brain the swelling will go down enough for the spinal fluid to drain naturally. But that was the last thing keeping him in the ICU.
I have found out that having only Medicare A and not part B limits my dad's recovery options to just what the VA will allow. We will cross that bridge in a month or so. I asked them if I could just pay for some stuff and found out some places just don't accept "self pay" people. Great, insurance only. Whatever, deal with that shit later. One battle at a time, win the war later.
Within a week he'll head to his 2nd place, a short term recovery just for ventilator stuff and trach care. Plus they will get him up and moving, he's been in a bed since the 5th, what is that...16 days? Damn long time.
I fly back home tomorrow so mom will be on her own with all this. Not a fun thing to deal with but she has friends that will drive the 1.5 hours up here to help her out.
You want to pick the right place for him to go for a full recovery, but you know nothing about medicine so you just kinda rely on the nice nurses for their guidance.
Stressful stuff to pick and all that. Making the right call, you hope you do but you have no idea.
Just want to give dad the best chance he has to fully recover from this.
Doctors are happy with his progress, so here's hoping it keeps going.
PS. I miss being able to see my mod history here on RvB.