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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 15th, 2010, 3:29 pm Thread Starter
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Cleaned up the bloody mess

I was awakened by a phone call round 2 am this morning. It was my father-in-law from downstairs. He was bleeding and couldn't stop it.

Patty ran down and I followed. There was blood on the bedroom floor (luckily hardwood), bathroom and a smoe blood splatter on the cabinets and walls.

He scratched an itch on his foot which opened up an artery. He's 84, frail and has almost no fat on him. Plus takes blood thinner (Cumadin).

Not a good combination.

Needless to say the ambulance was called, they took him to emergency and fixed him up. No stitches.

I on the other hand spent an hour and half cleaning up the blood, washing the walls and the cabinets.

Patty is out to get QuickClot to have on hand if we have another emergency like this.

Luckily he was up and about when he scratched the itch and not in bed and noticed the blood puddle. Otherwise he wouldn't be here now.



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post #2 of 8 Old Feb 15th, 2010, 3:54 pm
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Glad it worked out OK, besides a bit of a mess. And glad that you were there for him.

I've been dealing with my 95-year-old grandmother for the past few years, who was still living on her own even though she was really past that point. That wasn't easy long distance, and I've made quite a few rides back and forth to Arkansas to spend time with her and help out with everything. We finally got her into a proper care facility where they can take care of her, yet she still maintains some dignity and independence. At that age, even a small fall or simple cut can be quite serious.

And we just buried my father-in-law last month. He was 80, strong as an ox, and stubborn as hell. But the bone cancer set in and changed all that in a matter of months. I spent a couple of cold winter months back in NY taking care of him until it was beyond anything family could do, then the oncology ward took over. They did an excellent job keeping him comfortable until we could gather the rest of the family from across the country, and he passed in a room filled with old family stories and laughter. About as well as could be expected, actually, given the circumstances.

Most of us are at the point where we are the primary care givers for our parents and any grandparents that are still left. It's not an easy job, but you do what you need to for family.

I have a newfound respect for the doctors, nurses, and caregivers that do this day in and day out. These folks need to be thanked, often and profusely.

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Re: Cleaned up the bloody mess

Raffy, glad all is well. That was the best possible outcome, well except the clean up duty.


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I have a newfound respect for the nurses, and caregivers that do this day in and day out. These folks need to be thanked, often and profusely.
A thank you card or a little cash doesn't hurt either. And if you have ever dealt with a Hospice nurse, those people really deserve our appreciation.

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A thank you card or a little cash doesn't hurt either.
Agreed. That wing had a whole wall of cards and notes sent by appreciative families that they were rightfully proud of. And that reminds, me, I still need to write a short letter to the local paper thanking them all publicly. They were totally honest about his situation which was invaluable, yet still understanding and compassionate.

We never really dealt with the Hospice nurses, as he went from home care to the Oncology floor very quickly. But we did talk with them about our situation and his needs, and I know they were ready to step in as soon as we called them.

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Wow, that's really scary Raffy. I'm glad he will be OK.

Ken - I didn't know you had been dealing with so many family issues. My condolences on your losses, my friend.

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Raffy..
Glad that turned out "ok"...

Might want to keep the records of the incident.. wouldn't want some over zealous bureaucrat to make an example of you..

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Raffy - VERY glad he was awake, and you were both there!

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ditto what Jim just said.. Glad all is OK... and YES, those folks in the medical profession, especially those in Oncology and critical care don't get enuf accolades.

As a side note... tea bags... every motorcycle first aid kit should carry three or four. Helps to slow/stop blood flow in small cuts/tears...

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