Tuesday, January 31, 2012

No foreigner of words

The past 5 days have been nothing but insane. Not to mention exhausting.

I never thought I’d ever say the words, ‘my Dad had a massive heart attack’ but I’ve said it several times in the last 5 days and know I’ll continue to say it, because he did. Friday.

I was in the middle of vacuuming when I saw my phone light up with a call from my mom’s cell and I knew it wasn’t good since she was supposed to be at work.

Things were definitely crazy. Calling my brothers, arranging all of us to drive or fly to be together. My sister was already at the hospital, waiting to hear more as he was getting worked on. By Saturday morning we were all in his CCU room together. It was weird, seeing him on the bed hooked up to monitors, but he was in good spirits.

My brothers were on the mark, cracking jokes one after another, having us be the only room in the entire CCU, making a lot of noise, laughing.
first time in 4 years we’ve all been together. {for the record, my sister has a scarf under her coat..}

He was given the clear to go to a normal floor and unfortunately had to share a room with a mental druggie who ‘mysteriously broke his ankle in 3 places.’ (he claims he ‘fell out of bed’…)

{I did overhear him say on the phone that “they broke it real good”…who knows what that means}

The weekend was long and exhausting. For my mom and me, and especially my dad. We stayed with him just about every hour of the day, talking and keeping him company. Coming back worn out and smelling of hospital.

Finally, Monday morning he was given the clear to go home. But not before his druggie roommate caused a commotion by refusing the nurse’s orders and hitting her in the arm. I can’t even tell you how done  we were at that point.

He’s going to have to make lifestyle changes. I don’t imagine it’ll be easy for him, but I hope he knows how important it is to stick around just a little bit longer. For selfish reasons, of course.

Thank you to everyone for all your thoughts and prayers for him and my family over these past 5 days. They’ve been more than appreciated and felt. They said if he’d waited 15 minutes more before coming in to the ER, he would have died. A crazy thought.

Those words, I’m thankful for, will continue to be foreign for me.

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arielle @ a beautiful journey. said...

oh my goodness, i'm so sorry emily! i will definitely say a prayer or two for your dad and family. i am sure that was scary...i hope that he has a quick recovery! blessings <3

LeAnna said...

That is so scary. :/ My Dad really,really needs to make some changes in his eating habits and such. I don't want this for him. But they don't take it serious until it comes knocking on their door, ya know? So glad he's back home, and you all were able to be there for him. {hugs}

Annie M Culley said...

I am so glad he is okay! My dad went through the same thing about 6 years ago! I still remember the phone call from my mom, worst feeling ever! My prayers are with you all!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

praying for you and your family, friend. i can't imagine how scary that would be.

Bailey Schneider said...

Oh my gosh! What an ordeal! I'm so sorry! I'm glad that he's alright!
Thinking of you!
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

the blogivers said...

Goodness... I didn't realize from your post yesterday that something like this had happened (although in hindsight it makes sense now). So sorry that your family is going through this, but so glad your dad is ok! My biggest fear is that this will happen to my dad, because he doesn't take very good care of himself :( hopefully he will be able to make the lifestyle changes he needs to make and stick to them!

Stephanie said...

Oh Emily, I'm so glad he's doing better. I hope the next few days are a little less hectic, and I'll be praying for your dad and your family.

I'm Hannah said...

oh emily! what a horrible thing to go through! praise the Lord that he is ok and that you could all be there to support him and your mom!

there is so much that we can do to protect our heart health, so i'll bet if he can start some good heart habits, that he will be here for a good long time yet :)

i will pray right now for your family and that God will have His healing hand on your dad's heart!

Daisy said...

Glad that he is better, that must have been so scary.

Laura Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through this. It is such an emotional, tough thing to go through. I'm glad your family were able to get together during this time, I bet it made life easier. Isn't it strange that people always get together during difficult times and you think "wow, we should make the effort more"!

My mum had to have emergency heart surgery two years ago. We knew she would have to have the surgery eventually but it just came upon us so suddenly. So I have been in your boots. It's frightening, exhuasting and yes- you do have to come home and wash that hospital smell off.

I'm glad your dad seems in good spirits, give him a hug from me!!! And give yourself a hug from me too!!

Ross said...

I'm sorry that things have been so hard for you and your family as of late. I'm glad to hear your dad is doing better! I'll be praying for a quick recovery!

Amy @ dwell in the season said...

Wow! That is scary - praying for you and your family!

Tabitha Mahoney said...


So glad he's safe and discharged.


meghan said...

Oh my gosh I'm so sorry that happened. That's so scary. I'm so glad that he got the clear to go home and is doing okay now. I'm so glad to hear it. I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

Lisa @ honibun@blogspot said...

Hi Emily, it is really a scary experience seeing a parent in a hospital bed. My dad is very ill and you would think after so many hospital visits I would be used to seeing him just lying there but my heart stops every time I have to walk into that room. I am so thankful that your dad is well enough to go home and I pray that his recover will be quick. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ashley said...

ohmygosh, em! i'm really sorry to hear this happened. i'm sure it was pretty scary for you and your family! i'm very happy to hear that your dad got there just in time. what a blessing!

Katie said...

Yay!!!! So glad he's in the clear :)

Megan said...

Oh wow, I'm so so glad that he is okay!!! And he is so blessed to have y'all all rush to his side and be there for him!! I'll be praying for him. I know a lifestyle change is hard!


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