What was I thinking?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


After an exhausting day yesterday, it appears that my father may not have had a stroke, in that they found no bleeding in the brain after doing CAT scans.

It's possible that his right carotid artery may be the culprit (causing disruption of blood flow to the brain, or causing bits of plaque to break off and float around, etc.) causing TIA's (mini-strokes). We believe (my aunt and I) that he's had several mini-strokes recently as he'll be walking along and all of a sudden just be on the floor, completely oblivious as to how he got there. They're apparently going to schedule him for doppler imaging of that carotid. He's in the VA Hospital down in Bath -- it's supposed to be pretty good there, but I was a bit concerned that while we were there (9:00 AM until 2:30) nobody came in to take vitals, follow up, talk to him (or the family) or do anything other than deliver a food tray. Getting information was like trying to get Clinton to admit to BJs in the White House.

It appears that they'll keep him for "a few days" but beyond that, and what I stated previously, we're pretty much in the dark regarding what they'll do long-term, or even short-term once (if) they do the doppler.

Until then, it's day by day. This is the last week of classes and next week is finals week so I'm expecting to be busier than a one-armed paper hanger...


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