Update: As many of you already know, my dad was put back into the hospital earlier this month and was told he has a bad infection. Throughout this entire journey with hydrocephalus, that was definitely the scariest two weeks so far. Luckily, we got him to the hospital when we did and he began antibiotic treatments right away.
Dad is now back home and at first was doing great. His focus, mobility, and energy were all improving day by day. He is now saying (and we are also noticing) that he is just not feeling very well. We have been giving him antibiotics three times daily at home through his picc line and I believe this is the last week of that.
Hopkins would like to see my dad as soon as possible but with all the time we have taken off work, we're finding it difficult to get him there asap. Especially with it being the holiday season.
Please continue to keep my dad in your prayers. We are so thankful for all of your love and support. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we are hoping all of you were able to enjoy your day with your loved ones.
Update: Monday night, we came home to my dad on the floor, sweating, confused and we could not get him up. He was taken to the hospital by an ambulance and for the first few days he was completely out of it. After several tests, Fairfax Hospital is not quite sure what is causing the weakness, confusion and fevers so he was transferred to John Hopkins last night. Hopefully John Hopkins will be able to help my dad and he will be home soon.
It has been a few weeks now and dad has been doing much better! There has been such a positive change, both physically and mentally. Unfortunately, yesterday he went down hill quite quickly and was taken to the emergency room. There we found out he has an infection but it should clear up quickly with antibiotics and we have already seen improvement today.
My dad has a long road ahead of him with physical therapy so please continue to keep him in your prayers. Thank you for all of the love and support!
Well, it was a rough and scary weekend but surgery went well and dad is now resting at home. We have decided to do an out patient rehabilitation facility and we are hoping that will get him back on his feet and have him walking and moving much better.
Please continue to keep our dad in your prayers. He has a long journey ahead of him but hopefully within a few months from now all of the pain and struggles will be worth it!
Great news everyone! John Hopkins was able to schedule my dads surgery for next Friday, October 18th! My family and I are hopeful this will be just what my dad needs to get back on his feet and living a comfortable life.
Please continue to my dad and family in your prayers. Your support throughout the past month has been amazing! My family and I are so appreciative of everything.
The picture I have included is from Thanksgiving 2009. So much has changed since then and I pray that after surgery my dad is able to gain full control of his life again.
My dad should be able to schedule his surgery this week, which is very exciting but also makes reality set in a little bit. Brain surgery is always scary but we know he is in great hands at John Hopkins.
Just wanted to say another big thank you to everyone who has helped my family by donating, sharing, and praying. I cannot believe we were able to raise over $700. All your support has filled my heart with so much love and hope.
Earlier this year, our father was told his brain is swelling due to Hydrocephalus and that he would need brain surgery. Little did we know, this diagnosis would be a life altering event for our father and that his health would decline so quickly. Our dad has gone from your average 62 year old, to having the body and mind of an elderly man. Due to the unfortunate symptoms of hydrocephalus, he is no longer able to get through his daily routine without assistance. He struggles greatly with walking, memory loss, coordination, and can no longer cook, drive, or perform simple tasks.
Emotionally and financially, this has been a very difficult journey for us. Our father lost his job several months ago, which has been financially tough on him and his wife. With previous and upcoming hospital stays, doctor appointments, medical bills, travel/hotel expenses and surgery, our family really needs some help. A little goes a long ways, and we greatly appreciate donations from anyone who is willing to help.
My father is such a strong man. For the past 20 years, he has faced many health struggles. As a young girl, I was always worried of losing him. I have since grown to know it will take a lot to break my father. He has a will and a want to live. With this strong outlook, I know that this is yet another bump in his journey that will only make him stronger. I am humbled by the good in people. Your donations help my family in more ways then you know. Truly it isn't even the donations, it is knowing that good is still in this world and that people who don't know my father believe in him as well. With your support it encourages him even more to stay strong. From the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful to each of you.