Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back in the Hospital

Sorry it has been a while since my last post. My grandma is back in the hospital...they thought she had developed pneumonia but it turns out she has fibrosis in both her lungs, which is basically scarring that prevents the lungs from taking in enough oxygen. When the lungs don't take in enough oxygen the heart has to work extra hard. There is nothing that can be done about the fibrosis and the docs say she will continue to get these infections and struggle to get enough oxygen.

She really hates being in the hospital but seems to be spending more and more time there. We sat down with her and the doc yesterday to talk about what her wishes are moving forward. She has agreed to aggressive treatment during this hospital visit with the goal of getting her strong enough to be released from the hospital but this will be her last hospital stay. After this they will provide her with oxygen and breathing treatments but mostly it will be about keeping her comfortable.

I'm just glad we were able to have this conversation with her and that she could make the decisions. No matter what her choices we all just want to support her and love her through this. And that means more time at the hospital and more pushing my body to keep up.


  1. I'm so sorry you, grandma, and your family are going through this. It's so difficult to watch our loved ones suffer. My dad had asbestosis, and COPD. His last 2 years were really rough on all of us.

    Take care of yourself through this above all else. It's really important for you to rest.
    Big Hugs!

  2. I am so sorry about your Grandma. I hope your headaches aren't worse from this. Sending hugs!


  3. So very sorry to hear this. Sending good thoughts and best wishes for all of you,