My Dad is now being kept comfortable. After 4 rounds of antibiotics and iV antibiotics the Drs. said his pneumonia was continuing to get worse and that antibiotics were not helping the aspiration pneumonia was caused by the PSP and there is nothing more they can do but keep him comfortable.
Today I was told by the nurse that his coughing is so bad they are going to start him on morphine to help with the cough and any pain he may be having. I asked her whether this was a sign he was very close to the end and she said "you never know with Donald, he just keeps bouncing back."
I live out of state and was just there the second week of NOvember. I am going back for 2 weeks starting December 20 and all of our immediate family will be at Mom (Dad's in a nursing home) but our plan is to bring Dad home to be with all of us, even if that means hiring an ambulance to transport him. I guess my question is does the morphine mean he is very close to leaving use and should we celebrate Christmas early.
The nursing home he is in has wonderful caregivers, who he just loves. But they never really tell us (perhaps they don't know) how close Dad is to leaving us. Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.