- 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 comments...you kept me laughing while I sat in the hospital. By the way, I still am in the mood to laugh...so 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.