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Mar. 30th, 2010 07:14 pm
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My dad had a pacemaker put in today...he got through the surgery fine and (last I heard) was in recovery.

Whew.

I was so very terrified...it made me realize I am SO not ready to lose my parents.

I was also very mad at my husband because he would not agree to go down to Florida early (we're scheduled to go Thursday and return Sunday).

Tonight I'm baking cakes and bread puddings.

Nom.

Thanks to you guys for all the kind words. You lot mean the world to me.
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Dear Daddy,

Thank you for always being there when I needed you. Thank you for all the times you helped me when the kids were small and I didn't know where to turn.

Thank you for your sense of humor, your laugh, your smile. Thank you for never taking life too seriously--even when things were very bad.

Thank you for your strength. If I hadn't inherited some of it, I never could have made it through all the bad times.

Thank you for all you've done, all you are, and for being my dad.

I love you!

Cathy

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After work. Because of a snafu at the car rental place (they didn't hold a car for us and thought an SUV would be an acceptable "upgrade"--um, NO) we have to pick up the car tonight before we leave. (They did offer to drop it off at work, but since both of us work on the phone, it would be too much of a headache to coordinate...especially since they didn't want to commit to a specific time.) Then we'll be on our way to our friend's house in north Georgia where we'll spend the night. Just an excuse to visit them, with the added bonus of getting a head start on our way to my Dad's house.

Friday will be driving to Dad's place, getting there and getting settled etc. Also meeting and getting aquainted with their new dogs. And admonishing my Dad for being a big ol' butthead about the hospital. Seeing my daughter, her hubby and my grandson for the first time since May...and hopefully my sister.

Saturday will be our faux Christmas, I think. And visiting. Then Sunday is the long drive home.

Back to work on Monday...ugh.

So it'll be a whirlwind trip, but I'm sure, well worth it to see the folks we love.

Oh, and I did all of my Christmas shopping last night (except for Adam and Nicole, hee) from the comfort of my desk chair. Heh.

I'll be taking loads of pics, so I'm sure I'll have some pic-spam when I get back. ;)
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Dad checked himself out of the hospital against medical advice the day after his tantrum. My sister said that he had a problem with the incision site...*sigh* Stubborn man.

My sister's husband has the kidney stone from hell lodged in the upper part of his urethra. He had the sound wave blast procedure done last week, but apparently it didn't do much to help and he's still in lots of pain. As of yesterday the Urologist was taking a "wait and see" approach...which means my brother in law is in almost constant pain. (And if you've ever had a kidney stone--like me--you know what kind of agony it is.) Because of this, they might not make the trip to my Dad's...which is understandable...but disappointing for me.

Speaking of the trip, we are leaving tomorrow after work. We will be going only as far as a friend's house in north Georgia where we will visit and spend the night. Friday morning we will start from there and head the rest of the way to Dad's house near Ocala, Florida. We will return on Sunday. A fast trip, but it should be fun. My daughter, son-in-law and grandson will be there too.

Work is frustrating. They have taken all of this time to teach us how to do the paperwork and now when they're doing the phone training, most of the paperwork stuff doesn't even come in to the phone calls. But now it's "oh, you'll get the hang of it" and "don't worry, you'll learn it" and other bullshit like that. If they had taken a month to teach some of the details of the telephone questions, I think most of us would feel a lot better about taking calls. I hope I can make it through this without having a nervous breakdown--I really do not want to be doing this job, so I feel on the edge all the time.

I really wish I could win the lottery or something. That way, I wouldn't have to work.

Anyway, speaking of work...time to get my shoes on and go.

Oh, and it was in the teens here last week and this week it's heading toward the 70s. WTF is up with that?
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So, my sister called me tonight and asked if I'd talked to my Dad yet today. I told her no, I hadn't had time to call him. Then she proceeded to tell me all about his behavior in the hospital today.

Apparently, he was not moved out of ICU because there were no available beds on the surgical floor. When he found out he wasn't going to be moved, my dad decided to have a full-on tantrum! First, he refused to eat his lunch. Then he removed all of the monitoring pads/velcro straps and his oxygen tubes from his nose. His wife calmly went to the nurse's station and informed them that the reason his monitors were flatlining is because he removed them. Bless their hearts, the nurses were amused by this. Dad also would not take calls from anyone, including his sister who lives in CT. Again, my stepmother handled things, chatting with Aunt Nancy.

Dad's hunger strike only lasted until they brought dinner and he ate everything they gave him except the squash. Also, I guess my sister got to talk to him and heard a litany of complaints about the room...his bed is uncomfortable, he's sick of watching TV (but his eyes hurt, so he doesn't want to read)...there is only one chair in the room and the surgical rooms have a sofa in them...OMG, he's acting like such a brat! And he used to give us a whole bucket of shit about pouting about something! LOL, my dad is a damned lousy patient.

So, I got brave and got my hair cut today. The last haircut I had over a year ago turned out to be a nightmare...it was a full-on mullet! But there's a girl at work who has curly hair like mine and her hair is gorgeous...so I asked her where she got it done. I called the lady and she was able to get me in tonight.

What do you think?

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Doctor Woohoo, that is. Check out my hubby's latest YouTube offering...in which his alter ego "Doctor Woohoo" makes a pitch for a friend.




Here's a link to the auction.


Also, an update. My dad got through the surgery and is now on the road to recovery. He is his fiesty self, flirting with the nurses and etc. Thanks to everyone who expressed their concern.
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Living so far away from my family.

Last week, my father went into the hospital to have an arteriogram, and the doctors found out that two of his arteries were almost 100% blocked. They offered to do open-heart surgery to unblock both at once (dad was conscious) but he declined and had one done (it took three stents to unblock it) and will have the other one done next month.

Today, my sister called this morning to say daddy was back in the hospital again. He was having pain last night and this morning he asked to be taken to the ER. (If you knew my dad, you would realize how unusual this is for him.) He had to have an emergency appendectomy tonight and his appendix was apparently very infected. If it had burst...

Anyway, the surgery was dicey because he has been on a blood thinner since Thursday...but he came through okay so far. I got to speak to him just briefly tonight and my heart just broke, I was so happy to tell him how much I love him, but I just want to get in the car and drive down...

If I did it would mean taking unpaid leave from work, so I really shouldn't ... but I am so torn...what if something happens? It's only money after all and this is my dad we're talking about...

We have a trip down scheduled on the 15th...and everyone is saying just wait until then...but then I remember what happened with my brother...

I don't know what to do. My heart says one thing, my head another. If I lived in Florida, I'd already be at his bedside.

I wish I had more money. I hate living like this.
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He just got his electricity and phone back today. They have been living the life of pioneers, no electricity, no phones, no running water...their well's pump is electric. When their generator went on them (two days after the hurricane) they only had rainwater to wash with. They used the bottled water to drink. Luckily, their neighbor got his working and let them shower over there I guess a day or two ago. They had no damage to the house, just a couple of tree limbs down. Dad said his pond is almost all the way filled now...it has been dry for two years. They are trying to store up and re-batten down their hatches in preparation for Ivan. I don't wish any bad weather on anyone, but damn--I hope this storm passes Florida by.

My son called me yesterday. His fiance is pregnant and the baby is due Sunday. Apparantly, he is a big baby and hasn't dropped yet. Their doctor told them if she doesn't go into labor by Sunday, he will admit her to the hospital and induce her (he doesn't want the baby to get bigger) and if she doesn't give birth by Monday, he is going to schedule a C-section. I'm gonna be a grandma again this week sometime.

Guess that's all for now.

Whew

Aug. 14th, 2004 03:26 pm
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Well, the hurricane went ashore south of my Dad's house. I'm sorry for everyone who was in it's path, but selfishly, am glad my Dad was not one of them. He said they just got a bunch of rain, and no wind at all to speak of.

Even though I missed out on a visit from him, I'm glad he went home...better safe than sorry.

My sister is coming up next weekend...I can't wait! We celebrate our birthdays together every year(because they are on the 15th and the 17th), and this year the celebration will be just a couple of days late. I am so excited, it'll be great to see her.

I am sending off my application for a "vanity" license plate...hope I get the one I want.

I won't say until/unless I get it.

Guess that's all for now.
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Please send up a prayer to the deity of your choice for my father and stepmother, who are in the path of Hurricane Charley.

They have battened down the hatches and secured their home, but I am still really concerned.

Thanks so much.

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