Thursday, August 28, 2008

How my dad's doing

Okay, so first I just want to say THANKS to all those who have called and extended their best wishes and concerns.  And extra thanks to those who've visited or helped out my mom as well.

Dad's doing ok... could be a lot better, but I think the better part of it is himself.  See, he's always taken great care of himself... maybe due to the history in his family.  Anyways, I think that this has made him feel that his body let him down, or that it was a waste of his time or something.

So, on to 'what happened'

Sunday morning he went to church feeling a little sore, pains in the arm, but dad being dad, he worked through it.  Monday he felt just as crappy and went in.  Mom was so sure things will be fine she even went home.  Turns out the tests showed he did have a slight heart attack.  So he's been in for a few days and had his angiogram yesterday.  The results showed that he has 4 blockages, one of which is 95%.  Something about diffuse / tubular / tortuous etc... he's had pretty good timing as the cardio specialist is in town just right after he's had his angio.  This guy will tell him for sure what the scenario is.  The one doc has said that he is a good candidate for the open heart surgery.

That's pretty much it in a nutshell.  He's been in the hospital since Monday.  He's starting to 'perk up' lately, but is still pretty down about the whole thing.  Something about hearing your father say "it's been a good life" can be really shaking to a son.  Realizing that everybody is fallable and mortal.  Don't get me wrong, I didn't think dad would live forever; just never figured it'd be soon.  I guess it reminds us that we're all human and ... as my aunt Anita said, this is just part of the human experience.  It's a good wake up call to me, this looks like it was something genetic wise... otherwise for the amount of blockage he has, and he was still fine is pretty amazing... and scary.  Gotta watch my diet i guess.

On a positive note; I picked up some RAM for my asus... 2GB for only $35!!  FS also had 4GB usb keys for $10, so I had to pick up 2 of those.

New pics of dean will be available shortly.

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