Isn't amazing how that phone call just makes everything else extraneous?
Dad called me at 9:22 p.m. to let me know that he was in the ambulance headed to the hospital with chest pains and gas. I made the drive in 45 minutes, thank you Google maps, and I am sitting in the emergency room cubicle listening to his stories. I get to tell one every now and then, and he asks me the occasional question and then he goes back to telling his own tales. But at least he's alive to do it.
Tomorrow is also his formerly surprise birthday party, I just filled him in on it so that he can decide if he is up to going. We don't know yet if he's staying or going home, and I am going to be a wreck on no sleep either way, but it's better to be prepared. In case you were wondering, it is 11:15 p.m. and we haven't seen the doctor yet.
He just said that the guys on the fire truck, not even the paramedics, said he might have atrial fibrillation. I need to talk to those guys, they were the ones from the campus I work on. They best hope that I don't see them any time soon. They also left his medication list on the counter in his apartment, so we're having to wing it for his meds. This hospital has an almost complete list from his last visit, so that's good.
In the good news category- I finally got approved for the service dog!!! It could be 12-18 months before I get the phone call, but I made the list.
In other good news, I had to tell the dog folks that there's been a change in my medical status in that I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Normally, you're right, that isn't really good news. In this case, though, it brought me into contact with 2 doctors who didn't even offer me medicine, they suggested diet, walking, tai chi, and meditation. The doctor I saw today wrote down two books for me to buy, Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter and The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry. Unfortunately insurance didn't cover this prescription but it's probably the best one I've ever gotten. I didn't bring them with me tonight, but you can't read when Dad's talking anyways. So the universe is giving me a kick in the pants to get in shape and giving me the tools to do it.
Strangely enough, Tosha Silver posted this photo on Facebook right before I left work for today's appointment, and I said that it would be great to get a direct message. How's that for awesome.
Doctor just walked in, he's saying atrial fibrillation and Dad will be staying overnight. Or what's left of it. 11:51 p.m. It's now 00:19 a.m. and the cardiologist has been and gone, they're going to run a lot of tests and see how the parts are working. I'll let you know more tomorrow.