My dad (92) has only 1 kidney and that kidney is at about 19% function. He has very bad edema in both legs with little to none circulation. He does not want dialysis. A few weeks ago his edema got so bad his skin was splitting. After 2 trips to the kidney doctor, 1 to a vascular surgeon, and many to wound care the sores are healing. The kidney doctor put him on 4 times his regular dose of lasix (i believe that is a diuretic). The kidney doctor wants him to loose 10 lbs (fluid) and he has lost about 7 as of date. He has been evaluated for hospice and I was told his renal failure was not bad enough to qualify, so they are using a diagnosis of Failure to Thrive. I am under the impression that in order to qualify for hospice the experts have to diagnosis as having less than 6 months to live. It really scares me especially since my mom passed just this last december ( 5 days after being put on hospice - although she qualified four months prior but I would not agree)
My dad also has parkinsons, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease. I know no one can predict when or how death will occur but I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas.
Hospice has been very supportive for me, but I am still scared for my Dad
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