So Friday night at 7pm my dad drove himself to the hospital with severe chest pains.10 Am Saturday morning the hospital he was at faxed his EKG's over to the other hospitals cardiologist and tells us that we should hear back from him in an hour or two. Before he even finishes the sentence the cardiologist is on the phone asking them why they didn't transfer my father to the other hospital last night, and telling them that he needs to be transported immediately to the bigger hospital. So they finally do. The second he gets wheeled into hospital 2, he is rushed to the operating room and run a stint through his arterie to unblock it. After words they wait to see how he's recovering before they decide whether or not to run a stint through the other arterie that's blocked. My dad is a very stubborn man who hates hospitals, doctors, and everything to do with them, so needless to say the nurse's had their hands full. When he arrived at the first hospital his blood pressure was 245 over 180. The nurse told him that at 240 your dead. They got it back down to almost normal before transporting him. When he arrived at the second hospital his blood pressure was back up to 215. So all day Saturday he was under close watch. I got home from the hospital Saturday night at 4 in the morning and went to bed about 4:30 am. At 7:30 this morning I'm woken up to my dad calling me telling me to bring him his clothes that there was no way in hell he was going to stay there. Now keep in mind, if he leaves there's a high chance that he'll die. So I go to the hospital in time to talk to my dad and the doctor. Well apparently after he had his stint he was getting up when the doctor told him not too and it caused blood to shoot out from where they put the stint in and most of the blood got trapped under the skin. Well this morning when he went to take his morning pee, his penis and the area around it was DARRKKK purple and badly bruised from the stint. He freaked out screaming and asking them what the hell they did to him. And decided he'd rather be dead than have a mangled penis. So I got the doctor in there to talk to him and reassure him that the bruises would go away. So he agreed to stay in the hospital and may be released tomorrow. But here's the thing, the other artery that's clogged, is inopperable because it's clogged so tight that they can't get a stint in and the only way to fix it would be to do open heart surgery. So there just gonna let it go for now, but atleast he knows about it so if he has chest pains in the future he can go back to the E.R and have the operation done then. So this makes me extremely worried because my dad lives on his own in an R.V and has been planning on taking a trip to Nevada next week and is still going. He is sooo stubborn and selfish!!! But at the same time I understand his point. He now knows that he doesn't have much time left and there's places he's always wanted to see and visit, so now he really wants to go, but I'm afraid that something will happen while he's driving by himself across the country. There's nothing I can do, but does anybody have any words or advice that might help me feel better about him going?
on Oct. 28, 2007 at 9:57 PM