St. Elsewhere

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

This is one of my favorite photos of Roberto. Even though he’s in the hospital and not home where he belongs, he’s got a big smile on his face and looks healthy. This was Valentine’s Day, 2007.

So Much to Tell

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

Robert was only home two weeks before he had to go to the Emergency Room (Friday, April 23). He had a bad bladder infection and the damned doctor in the ER was going to send him home with some antibiotics had I not put my foot down about admitting him. Why did I do this? […]

Weekend Update

Monday, March 22nd, 2004

Only thing is, I’m not Dennis Miller! Because Heartland is so far, and because I had a few things to do this weekend (a couple of which were kinda of unexpected), I didn’t get to spend that much time with Robert. But both times, I came bearing takeout supper treats. And the day’s newspaper. The […]

Home Is Where the Heart(land) Is

Friday, March 19th, 2004

Robert got to Heartland after lunch today. He was kind of disappointed to be sharing a room with someone. A grumpy old man who flirted shamelessly with the nurses but who, wisely, did not attempt to strike up a convo with Robert. As long as Robert has been in the hospital, he has been isolated […]

Heartland, Here We Come!

Thursday, March 18th, 2004

The doctor at Kindred Hospital had Robert undergo an echocardiogram to examine his heart muscle and valves to be sure there was no ongoing infection. That happened on Tuesday. The results were negative; the infection is gone. This afternoon, after lunch, he will go to Heartland. It’s a bit of a drive, but I don’t […]

Moving Forward

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

Robert is still at Kindred. He’s days away from being moved to Heartland, a “sniff” (Skilled Nursing Facility a/k/a nursing home) for follow up wound care and IV therapy. He’ll undergo some more occupational and physical therapy to get him back up to a level he was at when he was at TIRR. But according […]

Back on the Right Track

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004

Robert was transferred to Kindred Hospital, an acute care facility, last week. (Not well enough to go to TIRR, yet not sick enough to justify a bed at St. Luke’s any longer.) He’s doing much better, his kidneys are back under control. He’s continuing his 4-6 week course of antiobotic IV therapy here, and after […]

Hospital Update

Friday, February 6th, 2004

Robert is doing much, much better. I have been staying overnight since he got to St. Luke’s Wednesday morning. All the tests they’ve conducted (ultrasound [kidneys], echocardiogram [heart], MRI [brain, spine], CT scan [head/brain]) have come back negative. And it looks like they are getting his kidney problem under control. He’s got his appetite back […]

Come Saturday Morning….

Thursday, February 5th, 2004

Robert had a rough week. He’s been battling a pain that they cannot pinpoint, nausea and vomiting and loss of appetite. He also had a UTI. Nonetheless, he wanted to go home on a Day Pass Saturday. I slept over the night before so we could leave when he was ready. We got home around […]

Chucky

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Roberto had a bad day yesterday. He started feeling nauseated again yesterday afternoon and most of the evening. He lost his appetite yesterday during the day, but did manage to eat a little for supper last night (and keep it down). But he spent the evening heaving into a pink plastic basin. This continued this […]

Robert’s Grand Day Out

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

I stayed overnight at the hospital last night so we could leave for home as soon as Robert felt like it. He had to wait around for his morning medication, and then get his “take outs” for the day. Curfew was easygoing, the nurse said “Anytime before 9PM.” He had another UTI, though, which they […]

Taking it Easy, But the Pain Continues

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

Robert has been taking it pretty easy this week. He’s been in quite a bit of pain in his lower right rib. He and the doctor both concur that he somehow injured himself a couple of weeks ago while doing some exercises in physical therapy. He’s also been fighting a UTI and it’s very resistant […]