We lost our family member who we had been taking care of since 2006. Richard passed last month, about a month shy of his 91st birthday. He too had Alzheimer's and many orthopedic issues. As sad is it is to say another veteran and family member passed from this earth, it was a most merciful ending. There is definitely an empty spot as taking care of Richard took a lot of time and effort.
I had the honor to eulogize Richard and officiate at his graveside services. We had a few close friends and a spectacular southern CA day for the internment.
Take comfort in the fact you have done everything possible to ensure the health and safety of your loved one as that is what counts the most in the long run.
I am sorry to hear your father is having these problems.
Be careful to not jump to conclusions as the doctors have said pathology has not been able to identify this fluid...your brothers visual diagnosis may or may no be correct.
That said, spinal fluid leaks are not uncommon after spine surgery. They can cause tremendous headaches if left untreated. The other thing I wouldn't worry too much about is that you said the surgery lasted several hours longer than originally projected, that is also not uncommon.
If this drainage does not slow down, you might ask the doctor what the diagnostic options are.
Maybe some other members will check in with some other ideas.
Please keep us updated as to your fathers condition.View Thread
I had the appt today. My toes are always completely numb and I can bend all but the biggie on my right foot. Right leg and foot is where I had most of the nerve damage.Strange part is I had been able to bend the toe until a couple of weeks ago!
So now they are trying to figure out why I am so anemic...might have something to do with buying ibuprofen by the pound...then we will worry more about the toe. I don't have an appt yet. I have to see a gastro doc first.
I don't hear from anyone by email, it has mostly been by the boards....
Hope all is going well with you, I don't take enough time to read and follow everyone's story right now.