Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tomorrow is Promised to Nobody

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know that my dad had a stroke.  The doctor who nobody likes, Dr. G, the one who wakes his patients up at 3:45, 4:15 and 5:15 am to ask them how they are, told us it was a "minor stroke".  (The nurses tell him to go away daily.)  Dad could walk, feed himself, talk. Looked reasonably ok.

Dad has slowly backslid, which makes me wonder if there are other complications - did the bleeding stop?  Is there something else?  CT scans aren't perfect.  As of right now, dad is in the ICU on a ventilator and several meds coursing into him.  We have changed attending physicians.  Dr. W, the new attending spent 35 minutes with my mother and aunt explaining everything and answering all their questions.  Dr. G, his nurses and 'professional' staff didn't return phone calls, pages, emails and pleas for information.

While I was talking with mom last night among the whir of the ventilator and quiet hum of the various things linked to my dad, I saw a familiar face.  One of the guys from cycling.  His wife, who I ride with "A" was with him in a hospital gown.  She WON a race on Sunday (honestly, I don't remember a race she "lost" - it's been that long in duathlon) and Sunday night had a stroke. She is 37.  They walked with their two year old daughter in the hall.  "A" said, "I'm fine. I want to go home."  She is two rooms over from my dad.  In "A's" race Sunday?  She ran the first two miles averaging 6:29/mile.  Then biked 18 miles at 21.5 mph and finished the next two mile run at 6:52/mile.  Winning her age group by a touchdown and 2-point conversion - 8:00 and change!!! 

Tomorrow is promised to nobody. 

I'm very glad that since returning from working in Madison, WI last year I've been able to hang out with my dad a lot more.  We've had some cool meals together, hit casinos (where lately my dad has won a little more than lost - rare when you go to a casino), walked Greta in the dog park and went fishing multiple times.  I really want him to recover and do more things with him.  That is not in my hands (or his). 

Whatever is ahead, dad did a great job and prepared us well for life.

"Go for it now.  The future is promised to nobody." - Wayne Dyer

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