My 85-year-old dad went into the hospital right after Christmas with an inflamed and infected gallbladder and gallstones. Long story short, after being in and out of hospital and 2 rehabs over 2 months, they decided against ever doing surgery to remove gallbladder and placed a tube and drain in. The docs say surgery is too risky because of all his other health issues (Parkinson's, stage 3 kidney disease, congestive heart failure, T2 diabetes, previous stroke). Not sure how much more risky it can be as the tube caused sepsis and my dad nearly died in early Jan. but recovered and did another stint in rehab and is now back home. I have 2 part-time caregivers that help just part of the day and he's doing pretty well considering everything he's been through. He never had dementia but did experience some bad delirium from being in the hospital and rehabs for so long but it is now gone. I do notice some short-term memory issues.
As of this week, on our most recent follow up to have the gallbladder tube xrayed and checked, they determined it was starting to get inflamed again and put the drain bag back on and basically said, he'll have to have this indefinitely since they won't ever do surgery.
I am just wondering if anyone else had an elderly parent or other deal with this? What is the longterm prognosis with living with a gallbladder tube and drain? I am worried about sepsis again. My dad's quality of life has declined significantly now, he can no longer drive and is much weaker walking and needs a wheelchair more often. He can still independently dress, toilet, etc. but does need help with meals and other things. I am an only child, my mom died 1.5 years ago so I do have 2 wonderful caregivers but just part-time, as that is all we can afford. I have tried to talk dad into AL but he won't do it, wants to stay home but that's all he does, can't do much now and seems depressed.
I just wonder how long physically an elderly person with my dad's many other health issues can realistically live with such a tube/drain without further complications?