I really hope this procedure and the next one will give you the relief you've been looking for, Dave. I know you've suffered for a long time.
You have such a great attitude about your dad's condition. What a difference it makes to know that he is getting such caring attention and comfort. You can't be too sad when you know that the disease that stole him from you won't have a hold on him for much longer.
Hello Dave- Knowing your dad is comfortable and being well looked after is the best possible thing for all of you at this point, I know. I'm so glad you feel peace about it. You've all been through a lot in the past few years, and your dad must be tired of the battle.
I'm glad you finally got to talk to someone who could tell you exactly what's going on, but sorry the news isn't better. When Alzheimer's patients haven't been themselves for years, though, and have no happiness left, I guess you have to see the end of it with mixed emotions.
Regarding your hip surgery and diabetes -- I'm also diabetic and my A1C increased steadily in the months before my surgery; I assume because of the pain. My BG was very high in the hospital, even though they were giving me insulin (which I don't normally take). My A1C a few weeks after the surgery was almost 13. The next time, though, after I had recovered from my surgery and was pain-free, it had dropped to under 9, and it's been about 6.5 for a year now. So you might see a big improvement, too, once you don't have that terrible pain any more.
That does sound horribly frustrating, Dave. I'm sorry you have to go through all that; the situation is already bad enough. You must feel so helpless at times.
I'm also sorry you have to wait until next year for your hip replacements. I've had both of mine done, and it was life-changing. I know the pain affects every single thing you do, and it's amazing how quickly you feel like a new person with new hips.