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Yesterday I got a phone call from my sister cancelling some plans because my niece's teacher has come down with the Wuflu, and they are now under quarantine. This is of concern because my parents, who are a collection of pre-existing conditions, had visited them over the weekend to see their grandchildren, because basic precautions don't apply to grandparents for some reason.
My worry was rather exacerbated when I received a phone call late last night from Mom explaining that Dad had had a heart attack.
After recovering from shock I asked where she was and her reply was in the dining room. She hadn't mentioned his current state and the fact that she was not with him at the hospital did not bode well...we talked in circles for a bit, she sounded absolutely broken, but I finally asked where he was and her reply was "In the living room" So I asked if she'd called the ambulance because it was going to take me 5 hours to get down there.....There was long pause and she tried to explain the situation, finally she handed the phone to...DAD.
Who sounded fine and explained that despite what my Mom believes, angina and heart attacks are not the same thing and they're back now and he's seeing a specialist tomorrow (today) and he's had angina attacks for 10 years but hasn't told any of his kids because we'd worry, and Mom was really tired because she's all worried about her grandchildren getting the 'coof.
No sleep was had last night whatsoever.
I should know more this afternoon after Dad sees the cardiologist. He sounds fine, but there would not have been a trip to the hospital and a cardiologist appointment if things were normal. They're stuck down there in the swamp, under Quarantine . It turns out that a previous cardiologist appointment back in June was cancelled due to the lockdown.
I haven't seen them in months, except for a brief fleeting glimpse in September when they drove 5 hours to drop off a chicken salad on my porch.
It may be nothing, but it is certainly concerning.
UPDATE 18:00 10/15:
My niece and nephew's test came back and they are free of any trace of CoronaChan...though curiously the school still has them quarantined.
Dad is back home having been to the cardiologist, who found nothing imminently concerning, but dis schedule him for a stress test Monday.
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Best of wishes to your family; thoughts and prayers your direction, Brick.
Posted by: Jim Long at Thu Oct 15 07:40:50 2020 (arhpx)
Hope everything's okay with your dad.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Oct 15 08:54:31 2020 (PiXy!)
Yikes! Glad it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Good luck and good health to you and your family.
Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thu Oct 15 10:56:15 2020 (qiiLN)
Dang. Sorry this happened, and prayers have been sent.
Posted by: Rick C at Thu Oct 15 15:56:51 2020 (eqaFC)
Holy flippin' catfish, a chicken salad???
Glad dad didn't have a heart attack, sorry he had any heart incident at all though.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Oct 15 21:07:17 2020 (vNkOW)
I had a bad heart pain a couple of weeks ago too, and doctors found nothing. Didn't send me to any stress test or anything.
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thu Oct 15 22:03:43 2020 (LZ7Bg)
Thanks for the update, glad to hear it!
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Oct 16 12:07:04 2020 (PiXy!)
Pete, don't let that get away from you, get it looked at!
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Oct 16 13:38:27 2020 (5iiQK)
Best wishes to all concerned, and glad to hear Corona-chan wasn't involved.
I paid attention to the heart noises, and after demanding *just one more* test in the ER, they *finally* detected the markers saying I'd survived the first attack, and the blockage at fault was known as a "widowmaker".
So yeah, never ignore the chest pains, particularly when the rest of the Four Horse...err, Symptoms...are riding along.
Posted by: DougO at Sat Oct 17 16:50:41 2020 (ynBkT)
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