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January 4th, 2012, 08:18 AM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: the mountain state
My father went on a cruise the day after thanksgiving, and apparently imbibed way too much and returned home with acute pancreatitus. He was admitted to the hospital. Either do to the stress or pain his body was in, he had a massive heart attack and coded the next day.
They were able to bring him back with the paddles, but required full life support. He has also been in renal failure.
last week he had a great day off the respirator, was sort of coherent, my mom got spend time "with" him. The next day his blood-oxygen level bottom out and he needed to go back on the ventilator - we had to decide if it was time to let him pass or put a tracheotomy in. My brother and mom and I decided to give him more time and put the trach in. He had that done last thursday.
He has had some good days off the ventilator, sometimes as much as 5 hours of spontaneous breathing with good oxygen levels.
They took him off the sedative the other day, it is a quick acting sedative, so he should wake up within a few hours of having it turned off.
It has been 2 days and he still hasn't woken up. They are now hypothesizing he may have brain damage from the heart attack, or he may have had a stroke.
I just find myself in tears. I am not ready to say good bye yet. He is so young, only 64 years old. This has been the worst month of our lives, we haven't really had a good day with no worries since thanksgiving.
I have been believing with all my heart that he would get better, that he would be able to come visit me later this year and see his newest grandbaby. I feel so overwhelmed. Stuck between hopefulness and sadness. it is so wearing on all of us.
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