My 88 year old dad is back in hospital for the 3rd time in 5 weeks with another exacerbation. He has become very weak. The doc explained to us that they don't seem to be able to get a balance between enough oxygen to keep his stats up and this causing carbondioxide retention and acidification of the blood. I think that is correct. He said this was 'incompatible with life'. My mother is pleased that he is more at peace than he was at home, less frightened. Her terrible fear has been that he would die gasping for breath and scared. He seems ready to go. The staff have stopped taking blood tests as they caused distress. We have been told visiting rules don't apply to us and someone can sit with dad whenever we want. There is not yet a side ward available but they are hoping to get him to one asap.
Is there only one outcome from this situation? Sometimes he is bright and lucid and his greatest worry is how will mum cope without him. Then he is tired again. Does this blood acidification ever get better? I don't want to hold out unrealistic hopes.
Sorry this is a ramble.
The one good thing that happened yesterday was that my 23 year old son came over from England to Belfast to see his grandad. I took mum for a cuppa at the cafeteria and left Alan with his grandad on the respiratory ward. He is a smoker and it scared him so much he has for the first time said he will quit.