It has been almost a week since my father had his heart attack, a lot has happened during this week, but the most important thing is that my father is still alive and has the opportunity for the quality of life that he wants – no – demands for his life. That is all we can ask for, but it sure as hell has been a roller-coaster ride to get to today.
Barb and Diana have been amazing, they have been there to support and advocate for what my father wants, which did not always coincide with what the medical experts wanted and to ensure that is what occurs 24/7 since last weekend. They like the rest of the family have been riding the emotional roller coaster as a result of father’s medical conditions, only they have been there for almost everything. All the big and small crisis, the tears and laughs that have happened this week, the procedures that he has undergone, changes and the decisions that have been discussed or made with and on my father’s behalf and behest.
The cardiologists have done all they can, the pulmonologist still have a little more they want to look at and then it looks as though dad will be going home. The staff and doctors at Eastern Maine Medical Center have been fantastic, once they figured out that we were advocating for what dad wanted, not always what we wanted and that there is a big difference sometimes, but in these circumstances, it is what he wants that matters. Dad even gave them something to really chuckle about last night, but that adventure is his to tell, not mine.
I very relieved and happy to know that dad appears to be doing better and should be able to go home fairly soon, unless there is an unexpected setback. Time will tell how it actually goes.