It has been quite a stressful few days. My father is only 51 and has been in excellent health (at least from what anyone could tell). He’s active and fit, so it was completely unexpected when he ended up in the ER Friday with problems breathing, high blood pressure, and irregular EKGs. I posted a little blurb when I was on my way there, and have hardly had time to breathe much less think in the meantime.
My Dad was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after spending the night in the ER. He was pumped full of all kinds of medication and scheduled for a cardiac catheterization first thing this morning. It was quite taxing trying to understand the process and terminology while serving as the disseminator of information across family members, translator of “doctor speak,” and general calming force (I am the oldest and most level-headed of his children, and my step-mom was a nervous wreck). Trying to tackle my masters program on top of all of that was simply brain-numbing. I spent all day yesterday reading the book, researching for a paper that is due today, and sometimes just staring into space trying to get my brain to function.
As if that wasn’t enough, my grandma (my Dad’s mother) ended up in the ER this morning for something totally unrelated at literally the same time my Dad was going in for his procedure. I spent today running from the ER to the ICU to my grandma’s house to get her things together back to the hospital and between the two rooms my Dad and grandma were in. My father ended up having a 90% blockage in his main artery, which required surgery. It was a bit of a mess. Thankfully everyone is doing well for now.
We still don’t know if my grandma will need surgery or not. They found infected abscesses around her duodenum, and admitted her to the hospital. She is on strong antibiotics and restricted to no food or water until some undefined point in the future when they determine how well the current treatment is working. The doctor said that she will most likely be in the hospital for the rest of the week. The good news is that my Dad should hopefully be released soon, provided the tests they give him tomorrow look good and his recovery is according to schedule.
I could really use a deep sleep and a break from everything right now. Instead, I have a paper to finish before midnight Arizona time and tomorrow I get to oversee the transition of my company from one server to another. I just keep reminding myself to breathe.