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Number 5.

Friday, 14 November 2008

My Dad is not well, and I'm at work. He's in hospital and I'm here. I don't really know what to do with myself. I spoke to his doctor yesterday and he tried to fob me off with the usual rubbish medical professionals give to families: "He's not too bad, he's getting better, we are still deciding what treatment to give him". I then proceded to tell him who I worked for and what I did whilst getting more and more upset. The doctor was then straight with me "He's not responding to tamsulosin, and it looks like he has an infection. We're going to give him high strength broad spectrum antibiotics, and a modified release tamsulosin prep - hopefully he'll respond a bit better."

My dad currently has one of what is illustrated above inserted. It is called a Foley catheter and it is used in the event of urinary retention: most common causes are infection (viral or bacterial) or benign/malignant prostate cancer. Causes can also be idiopathic. He is also on a drip of antibiotics (but cant tell me which one) and is finally on a different type of tamsulosin (a1 adrenoceptor antagonist - Pliva livery) and co-codamol for the pain. He hasnt passed water in 4 days. The amount of toxins in his body would be critical if not for the catheterisation.
I spoke to him today, he seems to be doing okay.
He hates the hospital food, is complaining about the phone charges in his room and is entertained by the hospitals own tv channel.
I miss my dad.

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