Sunday, January 11, 2009

...and the fun goes on

This post is so not typical of a Debland post, but in light of the week I've had, I feel that I should share with you what is going on in my world this week. As you know, my dad has been in the hospital this week. Since I last posted, he has gotten worse. At this point, he:

  • has had 2 heart attacks
  • is now in congestive heart failure
  • has an extremely weakened heart that can't be surgically repaired
  • is having ventricular tachycardia (dangerous heart rhythms that can cause heart attacks/sudden death)

My dad is no stranger to heart issues, he had a quadruple bypass 22 years ago. It is actually amazing that the bypass has lasted so long. At this point, he is scheduled to have an automatic defibrillator implanted on Wednesday, so long as they can get and can keep him medically stable until that point. After he gets his defibrillator, they will then have to manage the heart failure with medication. The goal is to try to restore him to a decent quality of life.

It has been a long week, to say the least. That being said, there have been a lot of sweet moments, laughter, and moments of hilarity. All 4 siblings were together for a couple of days, my two brothers, and my sister and I. We all engage in fun banter, teasing, and just have a good time together. I know that cheered my dad up. I think we made the nurses job a bit tough, but we've seen them guffawing too.

Thank you for all of your great kept me laughing while I sat in the hospital. By the way, I still am in the mood to go for it. Last night, my brother was in our bathroom, doing, well, a number two. Sadly for him, he forgot to lock the door. My dad is now getting a card with a picture of my brother on the john. We headlined the card with "Sorry You are Feeling Stinky" with some photoshopped green smoke coming out of Chris' arse. Very funny stuff. I want to post it so badly, but I think it would be wrong.


Tenakim said...

so sorry to hear the turn of events. Great to hear that you guys are still laughing. When my dad was in the hospital, his dr. gave us lots of laugh therapy- he actually had a dr. Soos and dr. pepper!!!

lisagh said...

Best thoughts coming from me always! xo.

♥georgie♥ said...

we will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers-sometimes laughter is the best medicine

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Wow! So much has been going on for all of you! Good thing that you all are keeping your dad laughing because it is the greatest medicine there is. He's going to love the card!!!

Prayers are going out to your dad!

phd in yogurtry said...

Healthy vibes heading your way .. and laughter IS the best medicine. P.S. Sneak the pic onto the blog for just one day, will ya? Ok, kidding. Get his permission first. You can always cover his face/arse/whatever else needs covering.

bernthis said...

Laughter is the best medicine. It's true. That being said and as much as I love to laugh, I'm going to pass on seeing the card> I think your dad will appreciate it a lot more. :)

Manic Mom said...

Deb, I'm sorry about your Dad. I haven't been reading latley, so I had no idea. I will keep your whole family in my thoughts & prayers.