The last place I want to be updating my blog, all my personal, and inner most thougts from, is work! But sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do eh?
The laptop at home is messed up again. Love that thing! (if LOVE constitutes wanting to take a hammer to it!) Just (half) kidding.
So let's see: I can't remember the last time I updated, besides last night, and I don't know if I've posted anything on my dad since then either.
In any case, he still hasn't had the surgery that I mentioned in a previous post. He went to the Hematologist - and now my step mom tells me yesterday that it was decided my dad has Lupus. What?! I don't know if I believe that. It's not one of those classic cases of denial either. I truly don't believe he has it. It just doesn't make sense. I think it's just a combination of things that are giving off bad readings with his lab work. He's on several medications and I can't help but to think that there's just a lot of "confusion" in his body right now. I mean, my dad works at a refinery and has for 30 years. It's company protocol that he gets blood work, chest xrays and regular physical check ups, each year. So to all of a sudden, come out with this Lupus DX, it seems peculiar. As always, my dad's in pretty good spirits, considering all of the pain he's been in. We went over on Memorial Day and I just hated how much discomfort my dad was in. He was determined to play a game of horseshoes and he did! He lasted the whole game. The pain in his legs is caused by the PAD. (Peripheral Artery Disease) ... read about it here... It's not fun. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3020249
The dr/dr's think that they're going to go in do the surgery in a couple weeks.
(My dad mentioned the date, but I was not focused when he said it, and now I forget). I was too busy still trying to comprehend the LUPUS dx. Before the surgery they're going to treat him with Coumadin again. (Coumadin (warfarin) is used to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots in veins and arteries). Hopefully, his PTT's are down this time and there will be little or no serious risk when performing the surgery. PTT means Partial Thromboplastin Time. In layman's terms, it refers to the amount of time that your blood takes to clot. My dad's were way too high when he went in on May 8th to have the surgery. That means he could bleed to death, so the cardiologist canceled the surgery and sent him to the hematologist.(blood specialist).. I know that I don't have to put definitions and explanations in here for everyone, but I know it helps for anyone who has no idea what I'm talking about.. and to be honest, it helps me too!
I just don't like the state of health that my dad's in and I wish I could help him feel better. He has his days where he just wants to say forget it all and let things be as they would. I would say "let things be as God wills"... but my dad is not in touch with Faith at all. It was very disheartening, when he was at the hospital and the social worker doing his paperwork, asked which religion he practiced or preferred and my dad answered "I don't have one".
Well, that's the update on my dad so far. I'll keep it all posted. I promise I'll try. I have lots of other things to post, but will do so in seperate post or posts.
I know that this post has gotten long enough. Please keep us in your prayers.
Gotta run - Check back later! I did it for you Shannon! :)
Sorry I can't post any cute icons or clipart this time around.. I can't get on the photobucket site... We have this nifty new spam filter at work (Barracuda) and it blocks A LOT!