I Forgot To Mention That Dad Has Bed Sores From His Stay In Hospital
In my previous posts I was mentioning the fact that my Dad cannot have chemotherapy at the moment as the stump from his left leg amputation has to heal fully before that can be done.
Anyway, the stump is healing very nicely - according to people in charge of his care at the ARC (rehabilitation centre) - but another reason why the appointment with the Oncologist remains the 30th March is due to the fact he has another problem in the form of bed sores that he attained during his horrendous stay in hospital beforehand, which amounted to about a month or so.
I am really upset about this as bed sores can be prevented. OK, Dad can be grumpy whenever he has to be moved every 2 hours (that was in the hospital, now he can do this by himself) but my guess is this procedure wasn't done every 2 hours. This cannot be proved, however, but Dad didn't like some of the nurses/health care assistants on the last ward he was on..and Dad never lies about anything. There was one time when he was being washed down below by a male nurse, then this same nurse told Dad could use the water in the bowl for his wet, facial shave afterwards!
'Not on your Nelly!' my Dad told him.
Can you imagine it? Shaving his face with water that's been used for washing his nether regions with? It doesn't bear thinking about.
Needless to say, Dad persuaded the nurse to change the water for him.
If my Dad wasn't 'on the ball' I reckon he would probably have an infection by now from his stay in Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Fortunately, Dad is one of those people that - if he can do something - he will do it all by himself. In the ARC he has a bathroom right next door to his room. Granted, his room has a heavy fire door he has to wheel his chair through but his determination in washing himself without help spurs him on.
After all, he (generally) does a better job!