Sunday, July 15, 2012
Hi all -
Just wanted to give you an update. The end of May and most of June my dad has been in a critical condition. The end of June we had a brush fire at our cabin property we are trying to sell. There's several other significant things that are going on as well but just too complicated to share here. Sorry about just not having the time or spiritual energy to be a good Sparker or team member or leader.
The Friday before memorial day we were up at the cabin and my dad collapsed and had to have ambulance take him to ER at Marshall Medical Center in Placerville CA. He was ultimately admitted to the ICU there to try to get his vitals stabilized. It was touch and go (literally calling family to get ready for his death), while we continued to pray for him and ask our family and spiritual friends to pray for him. My mom & I traded off spending the night with him on the ICU.
In response to prayers he improved and was able to be transfered to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento after 8 days. He then spent another 7 days on UCD Cardiology unit for a variety of tests, and differing opinions about the best way to treat his heart condition in light of his other medical issues (diabetes, kidney failure, etc.). Since there was no consensus, they sent home to wear an heart 'event monitor' for a month so they could gather more specific information to help with the assessment. On the 3rd day home he had 2 significant chest pain events and had to use his nitroglycerin. On the following Tuesday he was told to go back to the emergency room to be admitted to cardiology again.
His medical team finally decided that he need to have a dual pacemaker for both upper and lower heart chambers and a defibrillator. So they did the operation and sent him home to recuperate. Unfortunately he caught Clostridium/C. difficile bowel infection -an antibiotic associated diarrhea ... poor dad. He is still dealing w/C. difficle today.