Monday, January 28, 2013


Here at the Encinitas Scripps Hospital ICU. Paul has a nurse that is on top of everthing and his doctor is very helpful explaining what is going on. Apparently Paul had such severe dehydration that he was left w nearly no water in his system which also effets the brain. Its much like a person that was lost on a lifeboat out at sea. 

At any rate, he is on a slow IV drip, very slowly bringing water back into his system as going too quickly can have lethel consequences .....

Doctor says time will tell, within next 24 hours if he will return to his baseline, the way that he was. So i am here today and seeing his face starting to plump up a little bit already.

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  1. This was what happened to Jayne's father, Cindy. They were supposed to "hydrate" him in the hospital, and I finally had to get into a shouting match with the attending physician about a saline drip, having been given the "death" speech twice (he called in a nurse to witness it AGAIN just after giving it to me the first time and not scaring me off).

    You have to be very proactive, else they ignore you to death. If it's any help, your trump card, and lifesaver is that they can't stand hearing someone complaining loudly or moaning in pain. It can save a life.

    After they hydrated Frank, he immediately got better and lived for another year, passing away at 100. -- Hart Wms.

    1. Wow Hart. What a story. Its all about being the mouse that roars...Fortunately hes getting superb care here at the hopital..the work that remains is w getting the damn nursing home to do their job, feeding and watering all the plants and animals in their care. Wish i could roar every day, but i cant b there that much..

    2. I understand. You just have to make sure that loved ones don't slip through THEIR cracks in a diplomatic way. I'm sorry that nobody noticed for so long that Paul dehydrated so shockingly. But I have seen it happen, first hand.

      You can only be as mindful as life allows. I hope Paul's getting better. As I said, after they relented and agreed to hydrate the patient whose chart said HYDRATE!, the recovery was so immediate that it almost seemed miraculous after three days of ambulance, bedside vigil and watching the shift handovers. Frank literally fell through the cracks between shifts.

  2. Update: this is how u know he improving...he mumbles "let me out of here" . A good sign level of consciousness is improving

    1. good to hear!
      Prayers go out to all of you.

  3. Agree with Ed. My mom's husband was in the hospital a lot and it was only her diligence and follow-through that got him out of there each time. I guess it also really helped that she has been a nurse for over 40 years, so she knew when to question authority.

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery! I am sure he'll be fine soon. It's always a very good sign when they want to leave!