The day started out a bit scary today - mostly because my dad was told he couldn't have any water or coffee. Well, that's the equivalent of telling Starbucks that it can't offer coffee. It's just unheard of and we're lucky there weren't protests with floods of people clanging their empty coffee cans right then and there.
Luckily, the coffee-ban was short-lived and all was right with the world. They didn't want him to have water or coffee because he was slated to have the stress test.
However, we spoke with the cardiologist and he feels convinced that the heart issues were related to a strain in the heart that's stemmed from the blood clots in the lungs. He's holding off on the stress test for another month or so.
Dad's kidneys are also doing much better as well. So, now we're only down to one serious problem and that's the lungs. He's still on oxygen and taking blood thinners. He'll need to be on blood thinners for many months.
We feel very lucky and blessed that we can now focus on just one problem rather than three or four.
He'll also be off work for another week or two and will still suffer shortness of breath from the problem in the lungs. We're also very lucky that he didn't suffer a heart attack and plan to use this experience as an opportunity to continue and increase some healthy-lifestyle changes Dad has already begun.
Liz and I will probably stay in town with my mom until Sunday. We're not sure when Dad will get released, but once his medicines are regulated, then he can be sent home. The new meds can be tricky and it might take a few days, if not longer.
Fortunately, there aren't any further tests scheduled. So, we're planning on loads of coffee tomorrow.
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