MacDonald’s and Catheters

Braxton, Glenda, Avery, Brad

Braxton, Glenda, Avery, Brad

Last night I went out to MacDonald’s with my son Brad and his family. His wife Avery was invited by MacDonald’s to preview a new way of doing business there. She has a blog called The Fly Life of a Wife. Very fun. I had a great time just spending a “normal” evening with my family. I took a Big Mac home to Steve but he was too drowsy to eat it. He actually ate it reheated today for lunch. Is it just me, or does that sound yukky? Oh yeah, it’s a Big Mac – always delicious. Seriously. I love Big Macs.

Steve and Hospice Nurse Jolene

Steve and Hospice Nurse Jolene

Today Steve pointed out that his bladder was hard as a rock and huge. He hadn’t peed in about 10 hours so I knew that wasn’t right. I called our Hospice nurse Jolene and she came right over. She inserted a catheter into his bladder and drained it nicely. We really didn’t want to leave the catheter in, but the concern is that a tumor is blocking the flow, and if we don’t leave the catheter in then the flow may be blocked permanently, and Steve would have to go to the hospital for surgery to get things moving again. We don’t want to go to the hospital again. Now our concern is that the catheter will cause an infection. The last two times he had a catheter in he got severe septic infections, so the odds are in the favor of the infection. If he does get septic we won’t treat it with antibiotics, we’ll just keep him comfortable. We’ll see how it goes. At least now he doesn’t have to get up and pee every two hours like before. He’s actually pretty comfortable today. Hasn’t had to have extra pain pills like usual. Tomorrow we’re getting a hospital bed and hope that will increase his comfort even more.

2 thoughts on “MacDonald’s and Catheters

  1. What a good picture of Steve. Keep the big Macs coming! Prayers coming you way constantly. Brad looks like his mom. Quinn looks like his daddy. Love to all.

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