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rgcainmd
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:05 am    Post subject: My Dad Reply with quote

I just found out from my stepmother that my father went into cardiac arrest this afternoon after what was supposed to be a rather routine adjustment of his new pacemaker/defibrillator...He went into V-fib, was shocked several times, then went into asystole (no heartbeat.) After 10 minutes of CPR, a rhythm was established. But it kind of looks grim because, even without a delay in starting CPR, the passage of 10 minutes before re-establishment of a rhythm almost always means neurologic damage. My dad's intubated (on a breathing machine) in the CCU in a hospital in Sacramento, CA. (I'm in Salem, OR, where I live with my husband and 6-year-old daughter.) I just spoke with my father's CT surgeon, and he confirmed my fears by telling me that if my dad doesn't regain consciousness by tomorrow a.m. (and the surgeon suspects he won't), they'll be speaking with my stepmom about discontinuing life support.

I had planned on bringing some of my bead sprite stuff along on my next visit to my parents. My dad would've loved seeing the stuff and probably would have made some sprites with me. I should have planned a visit sooner...
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Crausse
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's really hard to reply to this. I'm so sorry for your situation and I know it's especially hard since you aren't there. I hope for the best in this dark time for you.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also can't think of anything to say in response, but feel compelled to do so reguardless...

I can say, however, that tough times involving loved ones is not unfamiliar to myself, unfortunately. I've lost plenty, and gotten close to losing many more.

I lost my mom when I was 14 and I never stopped wondering about the things I should have done before she passed (not to mention the things I did that I wish I hadn't).

I hope for the best - I'm happy to talk if you want.
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