What a weekend

We learnt on Friday afternoon that the blood tests confirmed that OH had had a heart attack that morning. Thank heavens we live near to our doctor’s rooms and the hospital and got him there quickly.

He was kept in ICU till Sunday noon when his cardiologist discharged him so he could get some sleep at home. The staff in the unit are excellent but the noise level is something else. They had a death in the unit just after 1.00 am on Sunday morning and as it was a Moslem person all the rites had to be carried out right there and it was 8.00 am before they left with the body. Quite traumatic for the other very sick patients who did not get any sleep after 1.00 am.

Tomorrow OH goes back for an angiogram and stents and will have to stay in ICU overnight and maybe even another night depending on his condition.

This has been a huge wake-up call for us. OH is not overweight and has been on medication for blood pressure and cholesterol for some years now so we believed that everything was under control. However his stress levels at work are very high and the demands from top management are often unreasonable. Somehow he manages to achieve the impossible time after time and so gets to handle the most difficult projects. He is due to retire at the end of this year but his boss wants him to stay on. They don’t think of him as nearly 65 because he does not look more than 55 and runs up and down the stairs like a youngster. We will have to think very carefully before any decision is made to stay on after the end of the year.

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A bad start to the day

Today got off to a very bad start. OH broke out in a sweat early this morning and was feeling very odd and nauseus. I took his temperature and it was above normal. Not happy I called our GP’s surgery and spoke to the sister who advised I give him a Disprin to bring the fever down which I did. A little later the sister called back to say that she had spoken to our GP and he wanted OH brought in immediately. When we got there his BP was 195/90. They did an ECG and it was a bit suspect. The GP contacted OH’s cardiologist who said he needed to be admitted to ICU right away.

At that point he had another episode of fever and chest tightness and went quite yellow. They gave him something under his tongue to dilate the arteries and he was wheeled across to the hospital.

Once in ICU his BP dropped to 93/60 as a result of the medication he had just received. He was very listless. They quickly got him connected up to all the monitors and the cardiologist came in to see him. He suspects a clot must have partially obstructed an artery and OH will probably need further treatment. We should know tomorrow what that will be.

Beyond comprehension

There are times when people do things that are simply beyond comprehension, where no rational reason can be found.

We had one such experience this past weekend. BIL was in hospital having undergone a hip replacement on Wednesday. We had ascertained that the surgery had gone well so on Saturday OH called his brother on his cell phone which was not answered and he left a message. SIL called back and ranted on about why did he not call her because BIL was in ICU and could not have his phone and was not doing well – all sorts of complications had set in. She was on a roll and completely irrational not allowing OH to get a word in edgeways so he said he was gobsmacked and speechless and cut the call. Immediately she called back but he did not answer. Her voice mail was just as mad and full of anger and self pity.

OH later called the hospital because he was concerned about his brother as he had not really got a coherent answer on his condition. He asked for ICU and was told he had been moved out of there days ago. ICU transferred him to the ward where his brother was and he spoke directly to him. Amazingly BIL is doing fine, had been up and walking, no complications and was perhaps going home the following day. He did not mention to his brother that there had been a problem with his wife and his brother did not mention it either so maybe she did not say anything to him. Before putting him through to his brother he asked the sister if there was anyone with him and she said “no his wife has just gone, thank goodness, we had to ask her to leave”! No doubt she was creating drama there too.

Now I ask what on earth was my SIL thinking by spewing all that crap and once again creating drama in the family? You just can’t reason with this sort of madness and I’m not sure I even want to try.

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