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Sunday bloody Sunday

I spent the day in A&E; not because I'd hurt myself, but because I'd received a phone call from the care home this morning explaining that my dad was peeing blood and they wanted me to take him down there and have it checked out. Five hours of hanging around, then he was sent home again with one vitamin K tablet and the advice to stop his blood thinners.

Oh well. I suppose they know best, even if he is still passing more blood than urine.

On the upside, though: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency tonight! I'm seriously smitten with this series.

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deborahw37
Apr. 5th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness! How worrying!


I hope he feels better soon
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He says he doesn't feel ill, and he's not running a temperature, so hopefully, he'll be fine...if not now then hopefully after I've gotten him in to see a urologist.
empresspatti
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Just stopping blood thinners is risky. My Dad has to monitor his levels carefully. Is there follow-up with a dr in the near future?
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'll have to ring for an appointment with a urologist tomorrow. Hopefully they can fit him in soon, because actually, I'm quite worried about having him come off the Marcomar.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, not good! I hope your dad has a quick recovery!
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He's had some problems with his plumbing in recent years, even needing hospitalisation at one stage, so I understand why the home thought it best not to wait until morning; but I am a bit disappointed that even after he made a mess of their toilet facilities, the hospital didn't think he needed closer observation.

I'll see about getting him an appointment with a urologist at short notice tomorrow.
curiouswombat
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh dear - not the best way to spend the day.

I love the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, too.
gamiila
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
And it was quite an enjoyable episode again tonight, wasn't it? I just feel like I want to take the first plane out to Botswana every Sunday.
suze2000
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I guess without knowing his history, it's hard for me to make a judgement, but that advice doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. Do they even know where the blood's coming from? Because kidney failure (unless you have blood tests etc) is pretty much symptomless until it's too late to stop its progression.

I know he's an old guy and things aren't what they were anyway, but I would deffo get a second opinion on that one.

So worrying. How's the search for a new home for him going?
gamiila
Apr. 6th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Do they even know where the blood's coming from?

If they did, they didn't tell me...and I did ask specifically.

I got an appointment to see the urologist a week on Thursday, and when I asked them they said him coming off the blood thinners shouldn't be a problem; so tomorrow I'm going to get his GP's opinion on that. Fact is that Dad's still passing blood, but he's not in any pain or discomfort so I've no idea what's going on, and I'm not likely to find out any time soon.

A letter came from the assessment board, saying they'll send someone round to interview Dad next week; basically to assess whether his condition really warrants his move to a nursing home. I'm kind of hoping they'll conclude that the evidence is inconclusive and put the kibosh on the whole procedure; because given a choice Dad would much rather stay where he is -- and who can blame him?
suze2000
Apr. 6th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hope they say he should stay where he is too.

You know, it's not unknown for warfarin to make patients erratic and cranky, and I hope that's not contributing to his mental deterioration.

When you see the GP, get him to ring up the hospital and find out exactly what blood tests were done and what the results were (they should have done a blood count, clotting, kidney function and liver function tests and a urinalysis at the very least, IMO, but the Dutch system may put harsher limits on that).

The usual "I am not a Doctor" disclaimer applies here, but I think I'm not too far off the mark given the limited info you've stated.

It may be that they are just hoping that stopping the warfarin may stop the bleeding, but that STILL doesn't answer the fundamental question as to cause. I'm frustrated for you, and he's not even my father! :P
gamiila
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll certainly keep all this in mind for our consultation with the urologist next week.
binsoup
Apr. 6th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
long time no comment from me. blood coming out of the body unscheduled is never ever a good thing. i hope it really is just a case of vitamin K deficiency that your father has.

i got a copy of the book while i was in south africa years ago, but i only found out two weeks about the BBC adaptation. thanks to the interwebs, i'm all caught up now. it's an adorable show, and a good break from the other shows i'm currently watching which tend to be bleaker.
gamiila
Apr. 6th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Well, the vitamin K tablet doesn't seem to have stopped the bleeding so far; and I'm still worried about stopping his meds. I'll ask his GP what he thinks tomorrow.

I'm glad you're enjoying The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency too. It's so well-written and well-acted, and close to what I remember of the book which I read a few years ago as well.
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