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26 August 2007 @ 09:13 pm
Dad update  
Dad was moved from our local hospital to Hartford last night. They were originally going to take him via LifeStar, but Mom explained how that would be a Bad Idea (my dad - who was a carrier and fighter pilot - and helicopters have a history; it isn't pretty). Fortunately, he was deemed stable enough that he could travel in an ambulance.

So. It was a stroke. Actually, it was a ruptured saccular ('berry') aneurysm that led to a hemorrhagic stroke. (his first stroke, several years ago, was ischemic; it's like he's trying to collect the whole set. sheesh, Dad. overachieve much?)

The good news is he has no paralysis, and his speech does not seem to have suffered. His blood pressure is down considerably (this may be mainly because of meds, but hey: I never want to hear Dad is 220/120. whatever it takes)

The bad news is that he was already pretty frail and his shaky ability to walk has been shaken further. He's also experiencing some considerable confusion: last night, he was unplugging things and taking batteries out of everything. Today, he was talking about a party, and wasn't it a good thing we cancelled it? Talking about training flights and a plane crash that happened just the other night (this was over fifty years ago). Telling us how we need a candle to put in the portable urinal. Small things that really don't seem like that big a deal when I type them out but are devastating when you're sitting in the room with him.

Anyway, they've moved him to neuro-surgical ICU. Sometime tomorrow he'll have an angiogram so that they can determine what to do next. Basically, it's microcoils (which can be put in place through a catheter) or, barring that, brain surgery.

We'll know more tomorrow. In the meantime, I can not thank you enough for your prayers and well wishes.

okay, I know my father's health is a serious matter, but this is just too funny and I have to share. Upon spell-checking this entry, I got the following suggestions for the word "ischemic:" Islamic, ascorbic, USCG, acyclic, orgasmic, Eskimo. Islamic, I can almost see. Orgasmic, though? And ESKIMO? *snorfle*
I feel: exhaustedexhausted
ALLYSAURUS!: Robin Hood-Robin+Marian=OTPsarcastic_kitty on August 27th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)

Kel: better with two Stardust styleladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
this answer will shall be comprised of three parts:

I. thanks. this sort of sucks, and hugs really do help.

II. I KNOW! heeeee!

III. your icon = yay! though I confess I sort of love Gisbourne and yes, it is because the actor is hot. and funny. I am that shallow
(no subject) - sarcastic_kitty on August 27th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Andrewquueer on August 27th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
You know you're in my thoughts and prayers, as is your father and all the rest of your family and friends who were affected by this.

I'm at Tammy's place right now, and she and Tim both send their prayers. If Kit was downstairs and not upstairs finishing my knitted gauntlets, I'm sure she'd send hers too. So, throw Kit's in there for good measure.
Kel: Ten/Sarah Janeladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
My most heartfelt thanks, dearling. Please convey my thanks and love to Tammy, Tim and Kit as well.
(no subject) - quueer on August 27th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on August 27th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family. I hope things turn out okay.
Kel: Gwen in a beretladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you so very much. I really appreciate it, and I know my Dad will be delighted to know so many people are sending good thoughts his way.

Actually, he'll register that delight somewhere below his default-level of curmudgeonness. :)

Phoenix Risingmynock25 on August 27th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Kel: lovely Roseladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
You have my thanks and my gratitude. *hugs*
Ilena Ayalanetsearcher on August 27th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
*hugs* I know all too well how disturbing it is to see that sort of disconnection with time/space in a parent. I hope things improve.

At times like this you get your laughs whereever you can. Let's combine a few of those suggestions though, surely you meant to type "orgasmic Islamic Eskimos"?

I'm only wondering why "organic" wasn't one of the list...
Kel: sweet smile Roslinladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. Much as I've dealt with my aging parents' health issues, this is one aspect that it totally new for me. I like it not.

I'm only wondering why "organic" wasn't one of the list...

Oh, please. That's so random! :P
Annephloxyloxy on August 27th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
*more hugs*

*sends you an orgasmic e-Eskimo pie*
Kel: Helo's smileladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Thank you!

and orgasmic e-Eskimo pie FTW!
Silvie: *hugs*silverfyshxin on August 27th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on August 27th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
Best thoughts and wishes for your dad.

Also, acerbic Islamic Eskimos are not people I would search out for orgasms. I'm just saying.
Bird on a Wing: Blossomcaragana_leaves on August 27th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
*hugs and support and wishes for wellness*

I wish there was more I could do. But I'm always here if you want to talk. *more hugs*
Kel: fairy tale loveladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, sweetling. *hugsverytightly* Thank you. Just knowing you're there, sending good thoughts and love means a great deal. I miss you!
wench18wench18 on August 27th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
You are loved, were missed, and all thoughts/prayers are with you.
Kel: Roslin/Adama beyond adorableladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you on all counts. I'm hoping I'll be there next weekend, 'cause I am SO collecting on hugs in person. :)

Stealth Chaos Butterfly: for lo my love is purebunnymcfoo on August 27th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)

ps. i owe you an email. i love you. nothing is broken that can't be mended.

ps.2. have you seen these yet?
Kel: better with twoladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs back, hard*

re: ps.1. thank you (she said, weepily)

re: ps.2. WANT!
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on August 27th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
I hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow.

Kel: Nine smilingladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. Everything did not go smoothly, but here's hoping it will very soon. Yeesh, but this stuff sucks.

And I called the store today to tell them I would not be in this week. They were actually pretty great, gave me no trouble at all, simply said they'd juggle sick time and personal days and any vacation I had to cover it. I hate feeling like I'm bailing, but some things take precedence, y'know?

(no subject) - adrienne429 on August 28th, 2007 01:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Fjordhopper: little match girlfjordhopper on August 27th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
Continued *hugs* and prayers.

I know how scarey and unpleasant it is to see your dad, not in his right mind. (Luckily mine is getting better and better as time goes by) I am hoping that he starts to get better soon, it can take a little time, but this mental stuff is pretty normal, especially after a stroke. But, it is amazing what modern medicine can do and even more amazing is the human body's ability to heal with that medical help.

Keep up updated.
Kel: Roslin/Adama beyond adorableladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, lovely.

I guess the wierdest thing is that he's so different with this stroke than his last one; last time, it was all physical. This time, the complete opposite.

It is sort of cool how brilliant the body, and especially the brain, are at healing. Even though he's older and sort of frail already, there's so much the body can do to set things right. I'm holding to that with every fiber of my being.

harpiegirl4: endureharpiegirl4 on August 27th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
How lucky your dad is to have such a loving, caring family! He will heal very, very, very soon - I have no doubt. Remember to take some deep breaths every once and a while, sweetie. Your dad, you and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Kel: Ten/Sarah Janeladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
*clings* Thank you. For everything.
Vampcurse: Make it blue/pink Hermionevampcurse on August 27th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
I only read this now but thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kel: better with twoladyjoust on August 27th, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, sweetie. *hugs back*