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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The ER, CCU and more



This is a picture of my  Dad and step-mom at Christmas.  My Dad is 81 and has been in good health.  Last week he thought he had the flu, but went to the Dr on Wednesday because he was feeling worse.  They sent him to the hospital in an ambulance!
I got the call and my sister and I went to the ER.  We ended up having a very long night.  His pulse was irregular and very fast, about 180.  They tried several different things that they assured us would bring the rate down, but they had no effect.  When we arrived, Dad was his usual joking self, but as time went on we could see he was feeling worse, and soon wasn't responding well at all.
They ended up having to shock his heart to get it into normal rhythm.  That did work, but then his blood pressure started to drop.  He ended up in critical care.
By the next morning there was concern about his kidneys.  Having his BP low was affecting them and they weren't working well.  More meds were needed.  They were talking about doing a procedure to his heart on Friday, but it was cancelled at the last minute to allow the heart to recover for a few days.
He was moved to a regular floor on Saturday, although his heart rate and rhythm continued to be a problem at times.  On Sunday the heart rate was back up and the beat was irregular, meds didn't work.
Right now, they plan to do an ablation on Monday morning.  They will cauterize a spot on the heart that seems to be causing the rhythm problems.  They are also talking about putting in a pacemaker.
I'd appreciate your prayers for him.  Pray also for my stepmom as she has been at the hospital all day, every day with him and this is hard on her physically as well as emotionally.

20 comments:

Mari said...

Sooo sorry to hear Mari! Thought and prayers most definitely! Keep us posted!

Brooke said...

praying for your dad (and the rest of your family)!!

Maple Lane said...

I certainly will be praying.

Terra said...

I am praying for your dad and family.

Karen said...

Mari, you all must be so exhausted. I will say some prayers for your dad and stepmom and your family.

Beth said...

Lifting you all up.

Pam Rios said...

Not the best way to end the year is it? Praying for you!

Kalli said...

I will be praying!

:) said...

I hope your dad is fine now! And wish you a happy new year... with your adorable family and parents!

Susan said...

Been following this on fb and praying. It is now Monday and the procedure will be done today. Father God I pray the Dr. and all attending medical personnel hear Your voice as You use them, their knowledge, their hands, to correct this heart. I pray for Your peace to enfold and engulf the entire family as they rest in that peace and Your love. In Jesus name, Amen.

Lauren Davenport said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I will have my circle of friends here in Scotland pray for your family, please keep us updated.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Mari...this just gives me chills!!! I've been there several times myself with that nasty irregular and rapid heart beat [It took me 15 years to make a decision for ablation to be done]. Afterall, it IS a heart problem. Y'know?

Yes, yes...you all do have my prayers and positive thoughts. Do keep us posted. I know, I KNOW what you're going through too. So, take time to breathe and be there for your loved ones. It's devastating and tiring and scary.

Connie said...

Prayers for you and your family. He is in good hands (His Lord).

Jenny the Pirate said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Mari. Seems when one thing goes wrong, it has a domino effect. So difficult for everyone. I promise to keep you in my prayers.

D said...

Mari, I'll be keeping you in our prayers

Betsy Brock said...

Oh dear...so sorry! Praying....

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Praying for you all!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Praying for you all!

ancient one said...

Praying for your dad and everyone in your family...

Donna B. said...

Oh my....so sorry to hear about your Dad! I will keep him in my prayers. (((((((HUGS))))))) to all of you.