Category: Whittier PIH

Hospital monitor showing a pulse of 80 and other data
February 3rd, 2016 by Glenn Zucman

So Far

  • Day 11 – Wed 3 Feb – mom stands during physical therapy for 1st time!
  • Day 9 – Mon 1 Feb – pulse high & irregular – transfer to PIH Whittier
  • Day 7 – Sat 30 Jan – transfer from PIH Downey to Park Regency rehab center
  • Day 5 – Thu 28 Jan – shoulder replacement surgery
  • Day 2 – Mon 25 Jan – hip repair surgery
  • Day 1 – Sun 24 Jan – Oops at St. Thomas Aquinas
Flowers and cards on a shelf in a room at PIH Whittier

Thank you everyone for all the help, support, visits, calls, flowers, cards, snacks, well-wishes, and prayers. It all means so much to mom.

Thank You!

Mom’s ordeal has been very challenging for her. It hasn’t been “fun” for me, but compared to what she’s going through, any strain I feel is truly trivial. I remember vividly the horror of 2 broken elbows. Her breaks are worse, and I was only 45 when I fell. Mom is amazing to get through all this and work so hard to stay positive.

And YOU have been a big part of staying positive. Mom’s definitely tired from being in bed, unable to move, from being poked, prodded, probed, and palpitated. But she’s NOT tired from your visits and calls! She is tired, and she might not always be 100% alert when you call or visit, but she truly appreciates it and is buoyed up by you.

Thank You Two!

Sometimes “the system” isn’t so compassionate, like the challenging and fatiguing act of weighing mom **three times in one day!*** (Monday) But for sure all the many staff members at PIH Downey, Park Regency, and now PIH Whittier, have been really caring and helpful. Thank you!

Mom Stands!

While it may have been more marked by the challenge, fatigue, and amount of help needed to do it, mom stood during physical therapy today – twice! I don’t know how long it might be till things like bearing full weight, or what weight bearing and walking might eventually be like, but still a milestone – mom stood for the 1st time in 11 days today!

Atrial Fibrillation

The Wednesday night update from Dr. Trinh is that mom might go back to Park Regency tomorrow.

The condition that brought mom to PIH Whittier is Atrial Fibrillation. This is an irregular, often rapid, heart rate. Ryan was with mom at Park Regency on Monday and after Physical Therapy her pulse was as high as 180.

By Monday night at PIH Whittier it was at 130 or a little less, but still irregular. Tonight it’s below 100, but still irregular.

Dr. Trinh says the goal is a pulse below 100. An irregular heartbeat isn’t great, but he says the methods used to reset it, electric current or drugs, have shown to carry more risk than benefit. He says that even if it does return to regular, it can go irregular again. It may just be the way her heartbeat will be now. It may have been provoked by the stress of injury, surgery, and rehab, but it may now be her ongoing condition.

I did 5 minutes of research and learned that Atrial Fibrillation is pretty rare in people under 40, more common in those 41-60, and more common after that. Now that I think about it, I guess when mom and I watch 60 Minutes on TV on Sunday nights, there are a lot of commercials for “A-fib”. Since I didn’t even know what it was, I sort of didn’t hear the commercials. But I guess some fragment of them was recorded in my brain after all.

I asked Dr. Trinh if the stress of so much moving: PIH Downey to Park Regency to PIH Whittier was exacerbating her condition? He said it was a valid question. But she’s expressed a desire to him to get back to Rehab and get back Home as soon as she can. If her heartrate is “stable” (I think “stable” means below 100, but still irregular) for 24 hours, then he’ll likely send her back to Park Regency.

Dr. Trinh said the heartrate lowering drugs may have been a little too high dosage yesterday and her pulse may have gone a bit too low, so they took them off for her system to clear, and then re-administered them at a lower dosage. He believes it is about right now.

Atrial Fibrillation can also lead to blood clots, which increases the risk of stroke, so he’s also administering blood thinners as a preventative measure.

Paige with Tiki and Didi

Tiki & Didi hanging out with Didi’s owner, Paige, at Sequoia park in Monterey Park.


Tiki got to meet up with her pal Didi, and Didi’s owner Paige at Sequoia park today. We wandered around the park for an hour. It was peaceful (mostly barking free). But I think Tiki was too stressed to really go nuts and play with Didi the way she’s done in the past on mom’s front lawn.

Hospital monitor showing a pulse of 80 and other data

Mom’s Monitor

Posted in Whittier PIH

photo of hospital vital signs monitor
February 2nd, 2016 by Glenn Zucman

Where we’re at:

• Hip surgery Monday evening
• Shoulder replacement surgery Thursday evening
• Move from Downey PIH to Park Regency Rehab Center Saturday
• Visit @Park Regency from Tiki (and lots of humans) Sunday
• Monday: pulse high after Physical Therapy and didn’t go down. Up to 180 and irregular. They moved her to PIH Hospital Whittier. Her pulse is down to about 120 (as of midnight) but still irregular. She might to back to Park Regency on Tuesday. Time will tell.

PIH Hospital Whittier
12401 Washington Blvd.
Whittier, CA 90602
Room 3134

Park Regency Care Center
1770 W. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra CA 90631
Room 115A

Where’s Mom

I’ve made a page with addresses and contact info: Where’s Mom

visitors in an ER room

Yarrah & kids! And Terry!

Pain and stuff

Mom’s been doing a heroic job of maintaining a positive attitude, but it’s really hard. All of the staff are caring and kind. But the system can still be dumb. Like weighing mom 3 times in 1 day. It’s so hard and painful to move her for weighing. Is it really necessary? When she told the nurses for her PIH Whittier Main Hospital Room that they’d just weighed her an hour earlier in the PIH Whittier Emergency Room, they said “we don’t even have access to those records” — ?!

I know early Physical Therapy is essential, but other than that, shouldn’t she get rest? So much moving from place to place? So many IVs in and out. And weighing. It’s all so stressful.

Wonderful Visitors

Once again there were many visitors. It really means a lot to mom. She loves seeing the little kids, and just knowing how many people care is a huge morale boost for her.

Thank You!

Tiki & Didi

Meanwhile Tiki & Didi had a walking date scheduled for this afternoon. It had to be cancelled, but we’re hoping they might be able to meetup on Wednesday.

photo of hospital vital signs monitor

Pulse: 127

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