Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Not so Wordless Wednesday~ Signs of Life

Signs of Life

This is my not so wordless Wednesday.

I almost lost my Dad yesterday.

Long story short, he wasn't feeling so well yesterday morning but insisted on going to a dentist appointment anyway. Luckily my mom went with him. By the time he got into the office he was pale and clammy and shaking. Again, luckily, the dentist's office is in the same building as his doctors office, so they call the doc and he comes and takes Dad's blood pressure and it's so low they can't read it. Off he goes in the ambulance. My Mom calls me a half hour later and tearfully tells me that they can't get his heart rate down and I need to come NOW.

I can't begin to tell you how terrifying that call was. One of my co-workers drove me to the hospital. I was shaking all over. I was calling my brothers. I was praying. I was petrified.

I walked through the hospital like a shaking zombie, just going from desk to desk asking which way to go. I was alone on the elevator, praying. "Please don't take my father from me now, please".

He was stabilized by the time I got there. He looked bad. There were tubes all over and beeping noises and nurses and doctors all around him, but he was alive. They had to use those paddles on him, you know like the ones you see in the movies. They needed to get his heart back to the right rhythm. I was still shaking so bad that the nurses asked me if I was ok. I really didn't know.

The doctor, who was Italian (that made my Dad happy, lol) came out and told us that we dodged a bullet. If he had stayed at home and perhaps gone to lay down, he might not have made it. Ask me how happy I am that he was stubborn enough on insisting on going to the dentist?

So today is a catheterization to see what's going on. We are not out of the woods, but he's fixable and for that I am so thankful.

This is how crazy my day was yesterday...I had my Dad and my sister-in-law in the hospital (she was in out patient) and my dog was in the doggy hospital. Moose was supposed to have a blood transfusion, but they decided against it because his blood counts were looking better. Happy news all around. I couldn't have asked for more.

Thank you to all my facebook friends, my cousins and my family for all the words of encouragement and all the prayers that were said for my Dad. They worked!

There must have been some angels looking over me yesterday.
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