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.

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on July 29, 2017 at 7:44am

Be better be well.

Comment by alsoknownas on July 29, 2017 at 7:51am

A change in plans seems appropriate.

Everybody jumping up from behind the couch would not seem to be the best idea for a guy with heart trouble.

Comment by Phyllis on July 29, 2017 at 10:59am

Thanks, Johnathan and JMac.

aka, we don't do couches, they're way too cliche. We lie and obfuscate to get the person where we need them to be. The plan for today was asking Dad to lunch, which I do a lot, then getting lost and ending up at the park. It turns out we aren't a healthy family, too; the party started to turn into a listing of the various ailments. One of my cousins has MSA, which is a very rare form of Parkinsons, several have a-fib, there's cancer and bad shoulders and this scaly patch on my head is a family trait, too.

Comment by koshersalaami on July 29, 2017 at 2:09pm

I wish him good health

Comment by Phyllis on July 29, 2017 at 3:05pm

Thanks, kosh!

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 29, 2017 at 3:09pm

Take care, Phyllis. Wishing your dad a speedy recovery.

Comment by Phyllis on July 29, 2017 at 3:48pm

Thanks, V. He won't be released before Monday so my weekend won't be the free thing that I thought it would be, he's a very demanding patient. But Uncle Bob, my older sister and her kids went to see him today, Uncle Larry is seeing him tomorrow, and one of my cousins is going over Monday, so I won't have to stay all day. He actually expected me to take off of work all day Monday and sit in his hospital room waiting for him to be discharged. Been there, done that. I'll wait for the phone call.

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 30, 2017 at 9:38am

Oh no!

Hope things have settled a bit for your dad and he's in good care....

And glad to hear a dog is in the works for you ~

And of course healthy diet, walking, and meditation would be a great addition. For you, for anyone! It's the lessons on how to walk right past the tasty junk they really ought to be teaching   ; )

The good thing is the junk isn't so tasty once you get used to the healthy stuff. 

Good luck out there!

Comment by Anna Herrington on July 30, 2017 at 9:58am

I also disagree wildly with the forbidden foods groups listed on The Plant Paradox site, some of it, anyway. Are they forbidden until your gut is healthy again or forever? 

When the longest living, healthiest populations all over the globe - the 'blue zones' - eat a ton of beans and lentils, much more than meat proteins, and soy has been safely consumed for millennia - but not the processed/separated versions so ubiquitous these days - there are plenty of doctors/evidence who do/that does disagree. I struggle with 'diets' that treat all humans as if they'll react the same to different foods, personally. To aid in fibromyalgia specifically? That may be so, but I'd get way more than one opinion.

I take everything I read or hear from a doctor or from anyone with a grain of salt - but for a cleansing period, I get the restrictions. Forever? I'd be highly wary and get a lot more information specific to you.... and maybe try your own food testing, which every doctor I've had in the past twenty years has recommended for what your own body specifically responds well to. It becomes very obvious which foods are detrimental to your system when food tested properly...

Just found this site I only skimmed, but might be interesting to you and good questions to bring up with your doctor, re:personal  'ANTI' foods.


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