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Back from the hospital

I found Dad on the heart monitor ward, on a drip and hooked up to one of those beeping machines, but awake and lucid and worried about his cat. I made sure he was comfortable, then went to get him a pair of pyjamas, a change of clothes, and to feed his cat. I spoke to the staff at the home who told me they had strongly advised him against going out in the heat but what could they do -- it's not as if they can tie him down or anything, and I told them it was okay. Dad's a stubborn old bloke and once he gets it into his head to go for a walk, there is no one on this earth that can stop him. I rang my mum and my sister, and they both came to the hospital and sat with him as well.

The hospital's run a series of tests on him and we'll hopefully know a lot more tomorrow, but at the moment they seem to be most worried about his cardiac arrhythmia. If he's had a heart attack, it's likely to have been a minor one. Phew!

Dad has had a bit of a history of heart problems over the last 15 years or so. He suffered a major heart attack in 1990, and has had several minor incidents over the last few years as well (plus he's also had 2 strokes, a major one in 1996 and a less severe one in 2000), so when the call came this afternoon, it didn't come as a complete surprise to learn that he'd been taken into hospital again.

Thank you all who have left messages of comfort and best wishes, and I hope to have more good news for you soon!

Comments

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laura_isaac
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* - love to him. Hope everything goes okay.
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And for the hug!
bogwitch
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
I missed your last post somehow. Glad to hear it's okay(ish).

I am amused that you stopped to tell the world first!
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
I am amused that you stopped to tell the world first!

You know, I sat on the tram heading into town berating myself for that very fact!

In my defense, I had just switched on the 'puter when the phone rang, and it seemed a shame to switch it off again without at least typing something...(lame, I know).
deadflowerss
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
I`m so sorry to hear about your Dad,I hope everything is ok,and he gets better soon.
*hugs*
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
deborahw37
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh thank heavens for that!
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly!
ter369
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
I missed your earlier post, but I'm very glad your father is receiving care (with prospects looking good) -- and that he has you.
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your good wishes and kind words.
hesadevil
Jul. 23rd, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
Only just come on line and missed the earlier entry.

What a shock for you. Glad to hear he survived the collapse and is being looked after in the hospital.

This heat wave is already proving to be a killer and I haven't been out of the house for a week.
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
This heatwave is taking its toll on all of us, but the elderly are just so much more vulnerable -- Dad's a stubborn fool for going out in it when there was no need for him to be going anywhere...though in his defense, he thought it was Friday and had forgotten I'd call round.
freakspawn
Jul. 23rd, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that there's a little bit of positive.

Don't berate that you told us here, would you have thought it bad if you'd picked up the phone to tell one of your best friends ten years ago. No! It's a very similar thing, here on lj, and so it's only natural that you want others, friends to know! Don't feel guilty!!
gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- you're right of course, and I feel better already! ;-)
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diachrony
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Dads are stubborn.

My dad has fallen off a ladder several times, doing yardwork. We don't want him to do this unaccompanied anymore, but he likes to keep busy.

It really is dangerous to take a walk in such heat, even for us (relative) youngsters!

I'm glad he seems to be recovering well.

gamiila
Jul. 23rd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
So am I.

The thing with dads is, not only are they stubborn, but they never seem to learn from their mistakes...I fully expect my dad to do something like this again next summer, if not sooner. ::shakes head in mock disbelief::
enigmaticblues
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad he's doing okay. *hugs*
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
We all are, though there is a tiny little bit of us that could strangle him for taking such risks. ;-)
desdemonaspace
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
Oh, dear! I am getting caught up on the flist and this. *huge hugs for you & family*

I will keep all of you in my prayers.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, love. You have a safe journey home from WriterCon!
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chantal87
Jul. 24th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
*Hugs*
I'm glad he's doing ok.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Thank you.
tori_x
Jul. 24th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
I'll be keeping your dad in my thoughts and I hope you doing good.

It's worrying when your parents are ill especially when it's to do with the heart, my Dad had a triple heart bypass over 5 years ago but I still worry about him every day!
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
A triple heart bypass? That sounds serious! No wonder you worry. Although they do say that you're out of the woods after 5 years with no incident...or do they? All of a sudden, I'm not so sure anymore.
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jonesiexxx
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Count me in with the folks who missed the earlier post.

I'm glad things look not-so-grim, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it means a lot to us to know that so many people are rooting for him.
viciouswishes
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Keep us updated. *sends good vibes*
gamiila
Jul. 25th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
Will do, and thanks!
desdemonaspace
Jul. 25th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ach -- he is worrying about his moggie! Who is looking after it? Poor man.

I am praying for all of you.
gamiila
Jul. 26th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC)
he is worrying about his moggie! Who is looking after it?

Mum is -- she lives closest, and has the time. She's already promised Dad that if she'll take care of her if anything should happen to him; not that anything is going to, mind you, but it seems to give him peace of mind. Knowing Mum, she'll keep to that promise.
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