Family (Dad) Has To Come First
My Dad has been one of my main focuses lately.
You would think that is a statement that would just be common sense for everyone. But unfortunately, it isn’t. There are days when I’m so busy with my job and I’m so focused, that I can block out what is most important too. Of course there are limits. When you are being paid to do a job, the job still has to get done – so of course there has to be balance in that statement.
With that being said, I wanted to update you on the progress of my Dad.. since many of you have asked.
For those of you who may be newer to my blog, I have to apologize – I’ve hardly blogged at all in the last several weeks. My 81 year old father had open heart surgery and then several days later had to have a pacemaker. Trips to the hospital, and now trips to help out at his home, and of course working a full time job – have caused me to put something aside…. my blog.
Dad is doing very well. He doesn’t necessarily think he is each day, but I think he is right on track. Progress is slow (remember, he is 81 years old – oh, funny side note… there wasn’t a Doctor or nurse anywhere that didn’t comment on how good he looked for being 81 yrs old. Most of them thought there was a type-o on his chart) but they now have home physical therapy coming out, so I think that will move things along. You know how they say that often your older parents make you reflect on raising your children. lol The PT will help to keep him accountable, and the Doctor isn’t going to take him off his insulin and put him back on his diabetic pills, until he can get his sugar in line. (Does the word cantankerous come to mind? )
But over all he is doing awesome. We are SO lucky to have a bit of cantankerous (and he isn’t that bad) and still have him. When you have one blockage that is 99.9% and another one 85%, with one more that is 40%… and it is all calcified – he is just very lucky that he didn’t have a massive heart attack. Interesting fact is that we didn’t know he had any heart disease at all. He has had a bit of high blood pressure, but that isn’t real abnormal in someone his age. But, even when he was getting checked out because of jaw pain and shortness of breath (when he finally went to the Dr. 5 days after this happened) his EKG was normal and his echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) was normal. It wasn’t until they did the cardiac cath that they found the problem.
Looking back, Dad has had problems with shortness of breath over the last year or so, and gets worn out easy. We had contributed that to the fact that he doesn’t do a lot. He isn’t golfing anymore, and had been getting little exercise.
So please watch all those symptoms you always hear about, and pay attention to them.