Trying to figure out what is in store for my dadMy dad had 2 strokes in his 40's. He regained fuction, but developed serious heart disease. He is in heart failure. I think it is because he has had type 1 diabetes since he was young. When he finlly got around to seeing a cardiologist stents and bypasses were no longer an option. He has survived for about 20 years since the heart disease was diagnosed, which seem miraculous. He has had many hospitalizations and many health crisis'. After his last trip to the hospital, the doctors informed us that he was no longer responding to treatment and that there are no more otions for improving his condition and they referred us to palliative care.
Last month, my dad chose to have a DNR put in his chart, but at the same time was talking about making it to my nephews college graduation- he'sonly in 7th grade. Last week he had a follow up with his promary care doc because he wanted to have more ecp treatments. His doctor told him he was no longer a candidate for the treatments as he thought there was no chance for any new revascularization. He told my dad it was time to get his affairs in order. Since then, my dad has not talked about the future and seems very depressed.
I admit, he does not have a good quality of life. He sits in his chair all day. He gets short of breath even having a conversation, let alone walking even a short distance. I feel very frustrated because no one, including his doctors will tell me what to expect.I feel like I need to know it there is a certain amount of time I can expect to have my dad around for. Will this go on for several more years? Will it be months? What should we expect in this time period?