Phil – New Years Eve update

Dad had a much better day today than the past three days.  He was even able to get out of the bed and sit in a chair, and even had a good phone conversation with him.  He knew today is New Year’s Eve and that tomorrow is the Mummers Parade, on Channel 17.   I asked if he was going to go out and be a party animal tonight, and he said that he didn’t really ever go out on New Year’s Eve night.  Much more coherent and able to converse today, unlike past few days where he was really out of it.  He’s even reading the newspaper.

The doctor said the EEG showed diffuse slowing, which means Thursday’s incident was a seizure.  He was being treated with Keppra for anti-seizure and Haldol as a relaxant and anti-anxiety med.  He may have had an adverse reaction to Keppra, so they switched over to Vimpat.  He’s still easily confused at times, but it’ll take a while to get the Keppra fully out of his system.

Taking it day by day, still in the ICU, to monitor, and make sure he’s stable and doesn’t have another seizure.

Again, asking for no visitors please.   We’d be happy to pass along any emails or cards.  Send any cards to Carolyn’s address and she’ll take over to him.

Happy New Year!

 

Update on Phil

Here’s a quick update on my Dad, Phil. We’ll use this blog to post updates so we can get the word out on his current status.

My Dad was leaving dinner at Carolyn’s house on Christmas night. As he got into the car, he fell and hit his head on the ground, and had a few cuts on his face and scratches on his glasses. It seemed like he got knocked over by the wind or slipped. Around his eye didn’t looks so great, and since he did hit his head, Carolyn and John took him to the ER to get checked.  Turns out the reason for the fall was a small stroke.

They admitted him and he was originally being kept for evaluation and observation. On Thurs night, he became extremely agitated and somewhat violent (Dad?!), needed to be restrained, and then sedated. More tests and doctors concluded the cause of agitation was a seizure, possibly hospital psychosis. Was transferred to ICU and is still there now. EEG’s, CT scans, blood tests, etc. He’s very groggy, and easily falls into sleep. Not totally coherent, but is passing many neurological tests and vitals are somewhat ok. Difficulty swallowing. Was slurring his words yesterday, but a bit better this morning. He’s not doing well.

We’re hoping he’ll be well enough to be discharged to an inpatient rehab facility soon. Asking for no visitors right now, please. When it’s ok for visitors, we’ll let everyone know. Will post more as conditions change.

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