Hi again everybody
Not posted for ages but now could seriously do with some advice. Will try to briefly explain. My dad who is 80 and who has vascular dementia had a fall in early Feb and was put in to a ward in hospital. As he was a dementia sufferer in the medium stage he did try to escape a few times so he was eventually moved to a specialist dementia ward. The care here was fantastic and the nurses sympathetic and kind......however he had a bad fall while on the ward, the nurses believed he had just injured his arm but after a few days when he did not want to get out of bed they x rayed his leg and found a fractured femur.
Dad was operated on the next day and spent several days in a semi conscious state...must say the care was not overly impressive at this stage so I was very glad when dad was moved back to the dementia ward after 2 weeks
At this stage no one had attempted to get him to try to put weight on the leg and on the dementia ward we were told he would probably not walk again...one of the nurses told us that his knee was the main reason for this...not his hip.....we never managed to get to the bottom of the knee before the next hurdle!
Two or three days later dad developed pneumonia and was put on to a course of antibiotics...miraculously he recoverd from this and started to come around and be capable of a coherent conversation. However only a few days later he suddenly started to build up urine and he was eventually catherterised...then in only a matter of hours he appeared to lose his swallowing mechanism....he was struggling to eat or drink.
Mum and I left the ward very upset and decided we would return later to see dad again as things seemed to be happening so quickly; not really like I had read in all the info on the disease. When we returned we were put in to a room and asked to wait while some investigations were completed...as you can imagine our minds were running riot. Finally a Dr and nurse came in and said dad had now got C. Diff and was needing to be moved to another ward so that he could be given intravenous antibiotics. The move finally happened at 9.30 at night...everyone was exhausted.
He is now in the CDU unit of the hospital and in a very bad way....the care appears quite minimalist; almost as if everyone has given up on him. The first 2 days we visited we were not told it was contagious, today we were told to wear gloves and gowns while in the room...so what had changed??
So please can anyone advise? Is the swallowing etc to do with the C Diff or is it the dementia? Is there likely to be any chance of a recovery from here or should we expect the worst...my poor dad looks to be really suffering; today his lips were stuck together and no one is trying to look after his oral hygiene other than us. Should I try to get him moved off the CDU ward where frankly it appears no better than A and E...should I try to involve PALS? At my wits end and live 250 miles away.
Any advice would be gratefully received....thank you all so much for reading this great diatribe!