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I just wrote a post about Dad having good scans and recovering well from a blood clot in his leg. I was breathing a sigh of relief...his medications were under control and he was working on getting his energy back and then…

Just when things were settling down some, my Mom calls this morning to tell me Dad is back in the hospital. :( They think he has the flu...he had diarrhea non-stop yesterday and by supper time he started throwing up. Mom said there was black blood. There is an intestinal flu going around so I guess it could be the flu...but where is the blood coming from??!! Dads on Warfarin blood thinners due to a clot...don't know if this is causing him to bleed from something easier?? They checked him in the hospital immediately and I'm waiting to hear from mom again this morning to find out what’s going. Dad was dehydrated by the time they got him in the hospital and they hooked him up to an IV. He was telling mom he felt so bad he didn't think he would make the night. Dad has always been the picture of health..no flu's...nothing. He doesn't know how to deal with being sick.

I'm 2 hours away with two small children so I can't just hop in the car and go. I need to wait and find out. I have three other siblings that are close by…I just feel so helpless sometimes. Does anyone know what black blood indicates??

Sherri

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Hi Sherri,

I hate to hear that your dad is in the hospital. Dehydration has a way of sneaking up on us and it can cause system shutdown. The IV and meds should get him feeling a bit better soon.

I don't have any answers for you regarding the black blood. It very well could be gastrointestinal from everything I have read. I am copying two links here for your review. One is black blood in stool, the other is black blood in vomit. (You didn't indicate where it was coming from so I included both)

I am saying a prayer for your dad. Hopefully it is just a bug that they can get under control soon!! Keep us updated.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency ... 003118.htm

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/ ... ekey=24701

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OMG...my mom called and things aren't good. They say Dad has a bleed that can't be controlled and his body is shutting down. We have to leave immediately...please pray this will turn around for him. I'm so scared....

Sherri

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Prayers and positive thoughts for good results to come out of this ordeal

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