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January 3rd, 2006

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02:15 pm - Dad and the Cardiac Episode
Apparently, Dad was having some kind of heart thingy yesterday. His blood pressure was skyrocketing up and crashing (154/90 to 80/50), as was his pulse (up to 140 at rest) and he was feeling dizzy and not all that well off and on. According to the doctor, this was not strong enough to be called a "cardiac event" (read "massive heart attack") but more like a "cardiac episode" (maybe a mild heart attack, blood clot, or something).

"Good news," Dad greeted me with after getting back from his regular doctor, "there IS something wrong and it's not my imagination!"

You would have to have endured many, many visits to the ER and/or doctors and/or radiology places where none of them could find anything to understand why this was "good news." Trust me, all things are relative.

He's at the cardiologist now, after seeing his regular doc. Good thing I went and made him call the doctor yesterday -- he didn't want to, and mumbled something about "well, if I thought I was dying or anything, I'd call," and I said, "Dad. The last time you had 'a little stomach ache' it was because your gallbladder had gangrene. I think 'a little dizziness' is a good reason to call the doctor."


Oh, yes, in case you were wondering, "cardiac event" is the newspeak for "heart attack" apparently. It is
the double-plus goodspeak way to refer to such things.

Just so you know.

As a side note, I think "Dad and the Cardiac Episode" would make a great children's book. I wonder if I could get whistlebinky to illustrate it?

[Update: Dad's back and is wearing a cardiac monitor for 24 hours. I guess we'll know more tomorrow.]

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Date:January 3rd, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)

I'll be in hell if anyone needs me...


It really does sound like a good kids book title.

I hope everything is okay and they can just have him change some habits to fix this or somthing.

It really is good they found it on the first shot. I have an uncle who went to the ER three times complaining of stomache pain. They found nothing until my aunt had a melt down type hissy fit because no one would take them seriously. Turns out he had cancer and some major blockages going on down there. Almost died. He had to have surgery right then to remove a bunch of stuff. The doctor said if they had left that night he would have been dead by morning since all the bad stuff was about to burst and spill into him from his intestines which would have poisoned his blood. o.0 Better safe than sorry. I'm glad your Dad listened to you about calling the doctor.

[User Picture]
Date:January 3rd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: I'll be in hell if anyone needs me...

Hahaha! I can see the Amazon reviews already. :-)
[User Picture]
Date:January 4th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)

Re: I'll be in hell if anyone needs me...

Heh. I love the fact you can keep a sense of humor about everything.

[User Picture]
Date:January 3rd, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Let me guess... he didn't want to be "a bother".

* sigh *

* huggles my V *
[User Picture]
Date:January 3rd, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, you've met Dad, I see.

Date:January 4th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Eh, not fun...the FIL is still recovering from his slightly more than cardiac event just before Christmas. What amazed me is how fast they send people home now. After 4 stents Mike's dad was home in 2 days...

Hopefully your dad's monitor will show a small attack, and nothing more than a warnng shot...
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Date:January 4th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
dad mojo!!!
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Date:January 5th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Gads. I understand him calling it good news, but I hope it's nothing too serious.
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Date:January 5th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
He seems to be feeling fine now. Of course, he also hasn't been smoking all week. In a way, I wish I'd known that because I might have encouraged him to smoke while he had the 24-hour monitor on in case that triggered something. Then we'd have a good excuse to encourage him to stop smoking.

Ah, well, missed opportunities. :-)

He had some kind of ultrasound on his veins(?) today, and sees the cardiologist on Friday. Maybe it was just a fluke.

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