Don graduated from ICU this morning to the Telemetry Unit on the 3rd floor. (Look up the word “telemetry” on the Internet if you don’t know what it means – that’s what I had to do.)
When he was previously (on 2 occasions) located on the 3rd floor, he was in the Progressive Care Unit. So now he’s well enough that he doesn’t need as much care. That’s the good news.
The semi-bad news is that he was hoping for a view out a window since it’s been so long since he saw anything but the inside walls and curtains in the hospital, with the brief exception of his stay in the Sierra Vista nursing home. He was wheeled into a semi-private room where the roommate had the bed next to the window. More walls and curtains just made Don a little depressed. Also, the only air conditioning for the room is on the wall under the window, so it was a little too warm on his side of the curtain.
However, we quickly learned that the roommate was being discharged by the end of the day. Great! Now I don’t have to look away every time he walks past us to the bathroom with his gown gaping on the back side!
I helped Don with his lunch and we were able to get approval for him to start eating solid foods again. You can’t get much nutrition with a liquid diet. I had pushed to get him some protein shakes because he wasn’t getting enough protein from broth, pudding and jello.
Don asked if I would go home, have my own lunch and come back to help him with dinner. Of course! The dinner was rubber chicken, white (haole) rice and carrots (he says Yuck!), but there was a protein shake and a slice of apple pie with a dollop of whipped cream on top! Guess what he ate every bit of!
And the good news is that the roommate is gone and Don has a view of a mountain across the hospital’s ICU roof, and the air conditioning makes the room more comfortable.
The rehab people visited while I was gone in the afternoon, and Don said they’re still saying he’s going to get into the hospital’s rehab unit, but we don’t know when. So, that’s today’s news.