Ian said it well. See his entry for 27 Jul 2010 titled DIRECTIVE: Aging and Dementia
Our dad is a bit better today. According to this afternoon's charge nurse, he is no longer coughing. It occurs to me that I have neglected to ask if he is running a fever. He ate breakfast, but not lunch. He is avoiding milk products, including Ensure. I suspect that he feels they cause vomiting. He refused the clam chowder today. Hmmm -- milk based item. But he's not showing any of the unhappy body emptying that went on while he was on the anti-biotic.
He's had two doses of medication from the nebulizer, but a nurse has to stand at his bedside until the treatment is finished. Before said nurse gets to the hallway, he has the mask off his face. Not a good response is the medication is still being dispensed.
Today was my volunteer day, followed by lunch with the Regent and the rest of the Historian Committee across the road at Oahu Country Club. Lovely setting, excellent company, good lunch.
Give thanks for modern medicines and those who administer them. Don't forget to pray.....