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Dad's in the hospital, I'm sad.


Monday, February 04, 2013

My dad, who has never had a heart problem before is now in the hospital. His BP had gone way low and he was really dizzy. They took him in and they found atrial flutter, and he's at risk for a stroke. I didn't find out about it until he had been in the hospital for 24 hours. By then, they put him on blood thinners and he will see a cardiologist tomorrow. They are in a small town and the cardiologist only comes once in a while to the town. He may get sent to the city for a procedure called an ablation.

I got to talk to him on the phone today. He lives in Wisconsin and I'm in NC. My finances don't look like I can go see him. He sounded quite good on the phone, but he's still in danger of a stroke. All my grown children tell me they think I should go be with him and mom. My brother was there visiting the day this happened, fortunately, so he took dad to the hospital. My brother is off from work for a few days and says he will stay at Mom and Dad's till Dad gets out of the hospital. I want to be there. I don't know what to do.

Pray that something works out for me to go, and also that he gets better quick.

Thanks.
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CHERYL_ANNE 2/5/2013 8:12AM

    I will be keeping your family in my prayers.

My Mom has had atrial fibrillation (which is managed the same way as atrial flutter) for over 20 years. I just wanted to share that she is healthy, active and kickass senior. It hasn't slowed her down. She does her aquaritis classes 3 times a week, does tai chi once a week, volunteers @ hospice another day, and runs a card group.

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BEFIT014 2/5/2013 7:23AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I'll keep you & your family in my thoughts & prayers!

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POPSY190 2/5/2013 3:38AM

    Sorry to hear this. At least your father got to hospital speedily. Take care.

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ANNEMAC5 2/5/2013 2:37AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad it is a terrible worry when family are so far away. My mum is in hospital as she had a bowel obstruction my sister is able to go to the hospital every day and keep me and my older sister updated I also managed to speak to mum on the phone so that helps.
In an ideal word you would be able to rush to your dad but we are in the real world and do not be pressured by other people. Have a plan, but hopefully the Drs will soon know what treatment he will be having. It is great to be able to talk on the phone to him. Hope all goes ok emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 2/4/2013 10:54PM

    Prayers and hugs!

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_JODI404 2/4/2013 10:51PM

    Lori,

I'm very sorry to hear about your Dad. You are both in my prayers!!

I sincerely hope that you will find a way to make the trip. If there is no way
to make that happen, then maybe your brother can help to set up a Skype session.

Please keep us updated. Hugs to you!!

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SPIRALDOWN 2/4/2013 9:26PM

    prayers go out to you.... emoticon

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SHERIO5 2/4/2013 8:19PM

    This must be so Scary...praying he gets well quickly..and for quality medical care. emoticon

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HDHAWK 2/4/2013 8:08PM

    I hope all goes well for your dad. Going to a bigger city might be the right thing to do.

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POOKASLUAGH 2/4/2013 8:00PM

    I'm so sorry. Sending you positive thoughts - I hope everything goes okay!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 2/4/2013 7:58PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll be praying for you and family. emoticon

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LYNNWILK2 2/4/2013 7:44PM

    Hi, A few years ago, my father, who was in seemingly great health, was in NY with plans of a great vacation with his wife. They were there for a few days when he had a horrible incident of gastric bleeding, in the middle of Time Square (he hates to be embarrasses). While in the hospital in NY they found him to have atrial fib and also bladder cancer... fast forward a to now... he is in great shape, 80 years old; the threat of a stroke is still present but well managed with cutting edge new medications to help control the plaque and clots in his heart, by thinning the blood along with other things.
Take a deep breath, make sure you educate yourself about the treatment and the diagnosis so you can ask him, or his doctor, pertinent questions. This will help ease your mind and help you to help him from NC. Educating yourself will definately help you, and you can share what you've learned with your Dad as he is released from the hospital and has to start a life of alterations to keep himself healthy and going strong.
God speed to you and your Dad.

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GRANDMA_HOLLY 2/4/2013 7:43PM

    My thoughts are with you. I don't know you.....but I think you should do all that you can to go and see your dad and if it's possible financially then do it.

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