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weather: mostly clear
outside: 9.5°C
mood: ...
Thank you to each and every one of you who sent good vibes my way. It means a lot to me and I appreciate it more than you can know.


The word on Dad is, sepsis. A severe infection resulting from a routine diagnostic biopsy procedure. The bacterial infection could not be contained with the usual pre-op/post-op antibiotics they normally prescribe for the biopsy*. It spread wildly. But he's stable now. They know what class of bacteria it is now and he's on different, stronger antibiotics. He's still being monitored in Critical Care.

I guess it's officially No Big Deal™. But that was only the most positively terrifying, horrific, heart-wrenching No Big Deal™ I have EVER had to face in my life. Dad has never been in the hospital for anything in his life either, so I imagine this is the worst No Big Deal™ for him as well.

It started with my Mom's garbled, "Dad's in ICU, COME QUICK" phone call.

I was trying to be overly optimistic while I was battling the brutal Friday Vancouver traffic out of downtown, laden with perpetual road construction. I'm a realist by nature, optimism doesn't come easy for me to begin with.

I was holding up reasonably okay in the car, until I got to the hospital. Dad burst into tears when he saw me. The pain from holding it together just pushed me over the edge.

I spent the rest of the day with him, trying to help make him comfortable. His mouth was very dry, but he couldn't drink very much at a time. One sip every five minutes was all he could manage. He should have been napping, but he couldn't sleep, so instead, we chatted. He told me about my brother and I told him about the stuff I was doing at work.

He did drift off to sleep a few times while I was there. I found myself crying when he was asleep.

Anyway, we all left to let him get some rest for the night. His blood pressure is back up to a decent level now and he has a fever which is a positive thing.

* My dentist has a passionate rant about what the human race has done to ourselves by overusing antibiotics. I've heard it several times. Maybe when I'm feeling a bit better, I'll write that one up.

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bride
Apr. 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Alex =) He'll be home in a few days. =)
deslea
Apr. 21st, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I came late to this. I'm sorry you went through the shock but glad all is okay.
bride
Apr. 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Deslea =) He'll be home in a few days. =)
mairi_ruadh
Apr. 21st, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it looks like it's going to be okay. I remember what it feels like to get that sort of phone call ... except mine didn't turn out so well. :(
bride
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* =(
mairi_ruadh
Apr. 22nd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs ... reading about your recent experience has brought back some unhappy memories for me, although it's been good to reread the stuff on that site and remember the happy times. I'm so glad for you that you live in the same city as your parents and that it looks like your father's on the mend.
bride
Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
That's a beautiful tribute.
squeechie
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear about the quick diagnosis and response, and am especially glad that you made it through the No Big Deal with flying colors.

*hug* and then *super hug*
bride
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
*hugs back* =) Thanks.

Today was better. Still in Critical Care, but he had a bit of an appetite and he slept a fair amount =)
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bride
Apr. 22nd, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
No worries =) Thanks for the good vibes =)
kittygopounce
Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your dad. I'm glad to hear he is on the mend.

My mother has the same rant about antibiotics too, if I have imagined your dentist's rant correctly. As a result, antibiotics are uncommonly used in our house.
bride
Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
Thanks =) It's probably a variation on a theme. My dentist's rant involves lawyers hovering around doctors who don't want to be sued, making everyone selfishly paranoid. So we all have this collective "better safe than sorry" attitude and use antibiotics/antibacterials for everything.
tanrinia
Apr. 23rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
**hugs**

my best wishes for your dad and family.
bride
Apr. 24th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you =)
lovesroses
May. 2nd, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Ihope by now all is well. God bless you both.
bride
May. 2nd, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
Thank you =)
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