Home for the afternoon…

Posted by barb on Jul 27, 2006 in Random Thoughts |

..and not for good reasons.

My brother e-mailed me during lunch that Dad’s in the hospital. He had been having chest pains and when he went to the emergency room, his EKG did not come back right. Unfortunately, Dad is in Colorado for work right now (he and the rest of my family live in Minnesota, I live in Virginia), so he’s away from his family, in a strange hospital with only his “guys” (what he calls the guys he works with) at his side. Fortunately he’s got someone he knows, at least, but according to my brother, he’s feeling a bit scared and alone (who wouldn’t). To top it off, he’s in a small town which doesn’t have a cardiologist on staff (yikes!), so they’re transporting him to Denver. So, I won’t know anything for a few hours (more than an hour to get to Denver, and a couple hours for tests, etc.). He is stable and alert, at the last report – he even talked with Mom while in the ambulance to Denver). But, I decided to come home for the afternoon – I’m no good at work right now.

I’ll update when I can/when I have news.

Update 6:25 PM: Dad’s in Denver, and the doctor thinks that he may have had another heart attack. He’ll be having an angiogram in the morning. I talked with him on the phone, and he sounds in okay spirits. He’s all alone in an ICU in a city away from all his friends and family, so he’s as good as he can sound right now.

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Jul 28, 2006 at 8:53 am

Oh, Honey, I am so sorry to hear that. Is there anything I can do for you or the local Mattsons?

Jul 28, 2006 at 9:08 am

I don’t think there’s anything right now — we’re waiting to hear what the results of the angiogram are before making any decisions. Mom’s debating going out there, of course, and if she goes, I don’t think I want her there alone, so I’ll see if one of my brothers can go with her otherwise I’ll go. (Dave’s got his 20-year reunion this weekend, which he was planning on going to, and I’m not running off there yet because I’m supposed to go to Boston Sunday for an E/PO thing next week…sigh…Dad could have better timing…) But I really hate thinking about Dad all alone in the hospital out there.


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