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Some disturbing news .. Updated

June 4th, 2012 at 05:53 pm

Today I went into school and had pretty much finished up with the inventory when I decided to check my phone. When I did, I saw that I had two missed calls and voicemails from my grandma. I thought that was pretty strange because I'd just spoken with her and my dad on Saturday night.

So, I called her back. She told me that my dad had had a heart attack this morning while mowing the lawn, had been taken to the hospital, and had had heart surgery. She told me that she hadn't gone with him, but that he'd called her from ICU after getting out.

I of course was going into panic mode wondering how I was going to get out there and back here for summer school. After talking to her, I got in touch with my brother who told me that our Aunt was on her way to LL to check out what was really going on.(Grandma's almost 91 and not always 100% on the ball.) She had spoken to my dad while he was in the ER waiting to be seen, and confirmed that he was currently in ICU. My brother thinks that the surgery may have been an angioplasty procedure.

After hearing all this, I calmed down quite a bit - especially recalling previous incidences where he thought he was having a heart attack and it turned out to just be a panic attack or something similar. Of course, he was never put in ICU for observation those times ..

I may very well end up making a quick trip out there. I've already alerted my principals (outgoing and incoming) ... I don't have everything planned out for summer school just yet, so I may concentrate on getting plans pretty well laid out for that tomorrow just in case.

I was thinking of doing my mini-vacation trip this Thursday and Friday since my mom probably won't be coming til near the end of July ... but I think now I'll postpone it til August.

One thing I'm glad of is that I never have to worry if something happens to one of my family ... at the end of every phone call we *always* say I love you to each other - even if we got annoyed with each other in the course of the call. Smile I don't remember exactly how it got started, but we've done that since I was in at least high-school if not earlier.

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In other news ... someone on the librarian list serve told me that Big Lots has a 12 MP digital camera in stock right now for $25. It isn't a great brand name, but for $25 ... I'm going into town in the morning to see how many I can pick up from there. (I called today and they told me they had 4, but couldn't hold any for me.)

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Update - I talked to my dad. He did have a full fledged heart attack. They put a stint in his heart and some kind of balloon pump because the rhythm was off. They also told him that there were more problems to be dealt with later.

He somehow kept his cell phone through this whole process which is how he's made calls, and received calls. My aunt should be there tonight sometime.

I offered to come, but for right now he's told me to wait. So .. I'm waiting.

9 Responses to “Some disturbing news .. Updated”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about your alarming news...hope your dad is OK.

  2. M E 2 Says:


    I was a bit perplexed by the "he called from ICU" seeing as ICU rooms have no phones that I am aware of. Hopefully it will turn out to be not as dire as it first sounded when your grandma called and your dad is/will be right as rain.





  3. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs))I'm so sorry that your father is dealing with health issues. Good luck dealing with everything!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I'll be thinking of you! My mom went through a very similar thing recently, having a heart attack and then getting the stent put in. It was gutwrenching being far away from her. Hopefully you'll get to visit him very soon.

  5. Monkey Mama Says:

    So very sorry to hear - must be very hard to be so far away. ((HUGS))

  6. Monkey Mama Says:

    P.S. My dad had a heart attack and a stent. It is kind of like, "OMG" when you get the phone call. By then the surgery is done and not a lot of time to process it all. The details will start to fill in with time.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks everyone.

  8. Swimgirl Says:

    Oh, dear, Laura. I'm thinking of you and your family. So sorry to hear the news and sending healthy thoughts! Hugs!

  9. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Im so sorry it was so serious with your dad. It sounds like he is in good hands. I know how stressful it is to have such distance between you and your parent when they are ill...but thankfully your dad has plenty of support. Keeping you all in prayer. {{hugs}}

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