Hello, my friends. Are you still there? I apologize for neglecting you, but things have been a little crazy around here recently.
Doug's brother has had some health issues. He has uncontrolled diabetes, which has resulted in some real problems, including gangrene in a couple of toes. We took him to the V. A. walk-in clinic, about two hours away from our home, on Monday. After lots of interviews, testing, insulin shots, and intravenous fluids and antibiotics, he was admitted to the V. A. hospital Monday night for observation.
Tuesday, they told us they were sending him home. What??? The guy has gangrene, for goodness sake!
Well, they insisted. We spent lots of time calling everyone we could think of who might intervene in this foolishness and agree that he needed to stay in the hospital until surgery could be arranged. Nothing helped.
So, off we went on the two-hour drive to the V. A. hospital to pick him up and take him back to his apartment.
We arrived at the hospital at 7 PM. His nurse was giving him last-minute instructions for monitoring his blood glucose levels and administering insulin shots at home. He got dressed in his street clothes and was preparing to leave with us when the nurse announced that the patient's temperature was 101, and the doctor on duty didn't want to send him home while it was that high. The decision had been made to keep him there for another night.
So back home we came.
The whole episode seemed reminiscent of the time we drove to Houghton Lake to see the northern lights.
I'm sorry about not getting around to your blogs. I hope to play catch-up soon, but no promises.
We fully expect to play this game again today.