Things remain in a kind of roller coaster of events, re Grandpa. They determined he has a massive strep infection, that has gone to the core of the hip replacement parts, and the infection is bodywide. They have him on 3 different big gun antibiotics & waiting on cultures to come back to make sure they are using the right meds to target the infection.
they want to go back into the hip replacement and flush out the area-- which means a very invasive surgery w a large incision.
On Thursday, Grandpa said no to more surgery. He was still in a rehab facility 2.5 months after the hip break surgery, and does not want more surgery.
By Friday, Grandma seemed to have talked him into having the surgery- but they had to get his blood clotting properly to do the surgery.
Surgery was on for Saturday, today.
But the blood is not clotting properly, so surgery is off for today.
Grandpa remains in ICU.
Grandma's heart continues with the A Fib, and she's looking at having an ablation done, soon, if Grandpa is stable.
The whole thing is very unstable. Emotional. Even more difficult because the immediate family is spread out all over the country. There is concern Grandpa's wish for no more surgery is not being honored, but it is a delicate balance. Before all this happened, Grandpa's quality of life was very compromised... a vibrant active guy.... in his 70's rode his bike 10 miles a day on the rails to trails path.... I had a hard time keeping up with him!
Another thing about Grandpa--- he was present for the MLK "I have a Dream" speech, march on Washington, back in the day. He said he was a tiny speck, back in the crowd-- but we'd always ask him what that was like. Grandpa had some very interesting stories about the civil rights movement-- including taking textbooks being replaced w new ones from the rich school districts, and physically delivering them to the deep/segregated south, at great personal risk.
He also took Mr. Ramblings to the huge March in Washington, against the Vietnam war.
Even in his 80's he went to the weekly Peace vigil & remained an active activist, to the best of his ability. Grandpa Mac is more like a father to me, as my Dad passed away when I was 17.
Tough times right now. Grandpa is to celebrate his 83rd birthday in February.