...to bring you real life.
Friday morning my Dad calls to say he is dizzy and has a bad headache. He wants to go to the doctor or to the ER. I get dressed, drive the 25 miles to his house, call the doctor for an appointment, they say they can't see him because they are booked, so just take him to the ER. I load him up, drive the twenty miles to the hospital, drop him at the door (at his insistence), park the car and go in the ER. A nurse is taking his blood pressure and heart beat when she says, "200 BEATS PER MINUTE" and all hell breaks loose in the ER. Suddenly, he is on a gurney, big eyed thinking he only has a headache, but in reality, his heart is beating 200 beats per minute and he is on the verge of passing out and minutes away from dying. Twelve people are in the room and doing all sorts of things, stripping off his clothes, putting in an IV, administering oxygen, hooking him up to monitors, and the worst one - a nurse is rubbing those paddles together getting ready to shock his heart. All the while, he is just looking at me like, "What the hell?"
The doctor tells me that his heart rate is non-life supportive at the moment and if the drugs do not bring it down immediately, he will be shocked. "This is bad," he says, "really bad". Speaking of shocked, my face must have been white as a ghost, because suddenly three nurses descend upon me, pushing me into a chair asking if I can breathe, etc. I felt fine...I was shocked, but I honestly thought they had the wrong guy. He has a headache I kept saying......
Luckily, the meds worked right away and his heart rate dropped to about 80 and has stayed that way since. Today he had an angiogram or an angioplasty or something and they determined that he didn't have any blockage. He will have a pacemaker installed on Monday. All quite the shock to say the least. I know so many people have pacemakers and they have saved their lives. We watched a video today and learned a lot. It looks like a pretty simple procedure and he should just be sore and housebound for a few days.
A month ago he got a new cornea, this week a pacemaker. He'll be completely bionic before we know it! Thanks in advance for all the well wishes. And, if you know anyone with a Pacemaker - tell me. I bet there are LOTS!