Three times in six days George has had difficulty breathing & his color has not looked too perky either.
He has a referral to a pulmonologist in Crystal River but we still haven't heard from that office.
Today, he got up from a lawn chair on the screen porch, staggered to the door to cool off in the AC & stumbled head first before regaining his balance. Said he felt light headed. As usual, I insisted he go to the docs or the hospital 5 miles south of here.
Good thing I turned to the right to close the door because he swung for all he was worth.
I WAS NOT hit & he's not a violent man but - when his oxygen is low & he's feeling he's lost control any mention of medical attention usually elicits a growl.
Personally, I believe he's deteriorating more & struggling with that realization. Add 60 years of smoking, male ego, finally living in Florida & not being able to do what you used to and humidity & it's a tough road for a stubborn, independent man.
Last night, we ran the AC all night - not that it ran continuously, mind you, but it's a significant change for this household.
He seldom ever drinks water, preferring coffee or diet coke but in two days he's had three glasses of water. A first for him.
He going to ask his old pulmonologist what med the shot was he received there & ask the local doc to give him the same thing until he sees the new pulmonologist. We suspect his lungs need that antibiotic kick start to supplement the oral antibiotic he takes every other day FULL TIME.
I sympathize with any physician trying to treat him because he's the classic non-compliant patient. But, I love him & want to keep him around a long time.
Please say a prayer that he'll lose some of his stubbornness and get into the doc on Monday.