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Thread #126345   Message #2806954
Posted By: Bat Goddess
08-Jan-10 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: BS: Curmudgeon's Medical Woes - Winter 2010
Subject: RE: BS: Curmudgeon Fell -- On Way to Hospital
I'm home (been home long enough to call my boss, fill him in and eat a well-deserved slice of spinach & feta calzone -- I'M STARVING!!!). Left the hospital at 3:30, it was still lightly snowing & slightly slippery but not bad and I stopped at Pizza Spinners for sustenance (now sitting next to me as I type).

Yeah, what Jeri said. He's probably got some pneumonia and possibly a mild secondary infection of some sort. I met his vascular doc and Tuesday's carotid angiogram is still on, and nothing should be interfering with his vocal cord surgery on Jan. 26th. (Vascular guy sending letter okaying surgery to Dr. Z.)

He finally got into Room 348 at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover at 2:30. The noise level (machines that go "ping", loud dongs, monitors that screech -- an incredible cacaphony that is ignored by the professionals but was driving both of us nutzoid -- Tom more than me because I was trying to tune it all out and read. (I left him the book.) His phone number is 603-609-6348.

They're concerned about his atrial fibrillation and, since his defibrillator needs new batteries (scheduled for Feb. -- he had it read yesterday) they're not trusting it and have him attached to an external defib.

There's a possibility, too, that he wasn't even awake when he was sitting on the bed talking to me and got up to get a drink of water -- he took one step and was flat on his back, eyes closed, more asleep than knocked out, snoring quietly. He doesn't remember a thing about it.

I really need to bring in some firewood and get the woodstove going (after having been out most of the day) while there's still a little light in the sky.

Then I've got more phone calls, FB to update, etcet etcet, but I'll check back in as soon as I can -- with luck, I'll have a glass of wine in my hand and can start to relax.