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13th-Sep-2009 11:06 am
Fizzgig! - velvetsteel
Continuing the theme of this week, which seems to be people in my world going through hell, now my dad is in the hospital. Started feeling queasy and having chest pains and passed out at dinner last night.

I just found out. Mom says she didn't want to call and have me up worried all night with nothing I could really do from here. I'm like - AAGH. Doesn't matter if I can *do* anything; I need to *know*.

They're pretty sure it wasn't a heart attack. He had a CT scan last night and will have a stress test and ultrasound today, looking for an aneurysm; they want to catheterize him, but he doesn't like this hospital, so he's standing firm on "nothing but non-invasive tests". Dad's a representative for a company that makes cardiovascular surgery stuff (he specializes in stent grafts), so there are local hospitals where he's very familiar with the staff, and if he's having surgery, he's having it at one of those; this just happened to be the hospital across the street from the restaurant.

*deep sigh* I want to be there now.

EDIT: He has confidence that he'll be fine - but it should be said that he *always* has confidence. I often say I was raised by wolves, but when I was not under the influence of said wolves, I was modeling myself on Dad - that aggressive confidence I have that the world will not fall apart because that is just not an option, that I can do impossible things out of necessity? Yep, that's from Dad. So he has confidence, but he's also 65, and while his health in general is not terrible... he's 65 and he just passed out in a restaurant. So yeah. We'll see.
13th-Sep-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Queasy and chest pain? Sounds like the gall bladder attacks I've had.

I hope they figure it out and fix it soon.
13th-Sep-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
*nod* That was one of the possibilities the doctors floated.
13th-Sep-2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
If it his gall bladder then he's actually fairly lucky. They can just take it out, and you're pretty much as good as new.
13th-Sep-2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
We'll be hoping for that!
13th-Sep-2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Sending good thoughts.
13th-Sep-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Sending you and your family lots of positive healing energy. Know you are in my thoughts.
13th-Sep-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and with the folks administering the tests, and the folks interpreting the tests!
13th-Sep-2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
He is in my thoughts and prayers, I shall light a candle for him tonight.
13th-Sep-2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Healing thoughts for your father.

In addition, if there's anything I can do to help (even if it's just to provide a distraction or a listening ear if that's what you need) please let me know; you have my cellphone #.
13th-Sep-2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I send good thoughts.
13th-Sep-2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh man, my mom does the same thing with not telling me what's up with dad's health. And then when she *does* tell me, she's weird about it.

Good luck to your dad, he's a toughie. :)
13th-Sep-2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Your dad will be in my thoughts.
13th-Sep-2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Best line from my parents: "Oh, Grampy is feeling much better now." Huh? "He had chest pains and was in the hospital for a day or two but they think it's just arthritis."

You write later about modern technology. The gift it has given my family is email contact trees for when members are in the hospital or sick or under careful watch. Of course, people have to actually >share< the information they have.

Sending heart-healthy thoughts your dad's way and stress-relief thoughts to you.
13th-Sep-2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
argh. I hate it when parents have health issues and don't tell you.

I'll keep your family in my thoughts.
13th-Sep-2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I hope they find it is something minor.

I got a call from my dad a few years ago "Hey userinfoghost_light, want to know how to get to the front of the line in the ER? Be a 65-year-old man coming in with pain and numbness in your left arm! They had me on a gurney in 10 minutes!"

It turned out to be an issue with a vertebrae in his neck. He was so damn pleased telling that story though.

Edited at 2009-09-13 07:01 pm (UTC)
13th-Sep-2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
My mom did that. Passed out at a restaurant, looked gray and like she was having a massive MI.
Turned out she was allergic to MSG.

I hope its benign for your dad too.
13th-Sep-2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Fingers crossed for a good result.
14th-Sep-2009 12:59 am (UTC)
16th-Sep-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
*sending many good thoughts*
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