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Trip 2 – Day 35

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I knew that Dad had a rough night.  We heard him up moving around several times.  By morning, he was admittedly exhausted……..and having chest pains.  The nitroglycerin tablets worked some magic, but we all knew that he needed help for the next miracle to take place.  Dad had been having some trouble for the last week or so.  I had been in contact with our cardiologist in Salem, had gotten advice, and a new prescription.  With this information, we began the discussion of what to do next.  Dad wanted to stay here where it is warm.  The advice from Salem was, if the medication didn’t work, then the next option was to head into Palm Springs and seek out medical help.

We left FOY around 8:15 and headed to the Eisenhower Medical Center, in Rancho Mirage.  It has one of the best chest pain/heart centers around.  Dad DID NOT want to go by ambulance. He didn’t want the drama: his chest pressure had subsided.  It was a reasonable request, and we honored it.

We arrived at the hospital around 9:30, and entered triage almost immediately.  Dad’s blood work confirmed that he had, in fact, suffered a mild heart attack.  He was transferred to a room, and scheduled for an angiogram, which occurred mid-afternoon.  The doctor told us that he did have blockage which was relieved with a stent.

They kept Dad overnight, to continue to observe him, and make sure that he was stable.  I had planned on spending the night, but as he was in a double room, was told that I would have to stay in the waiting room down the hall.  I opted to go back to FOY with Craig and Wiley.

Once again, I am grateful.  It takes all three of us (four, with Wiley) to make things work, and I can’t imagine life without my wonderful Father.  I asked him what he would like me to say in my blog about his day.  Here is what we came up with:

“Dad spent the night in Palm Springs with Marilyn, but, unfortunately he didn’t get to “look her up.”

The beautiful view of the sunset from Dad's hospital window

The beautiful view of the sunset from Dad’s hospital window

Today’s weather:  cool in the morning, scary and air conditioned

Daytime temperature:  65 degrees

Nighttime temperature:  In the 30’s

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