Posted 10/5/2007 10:22 AM (GMT -6)
My father is having a stent placed in his carotid artery this afternoon. He is 78. A two time cancer survivor with a larnyjectomy (SPELLING ?)-his voice box was removed due to surgery from the last bout of cancer. He had a stroke last week. Tests showed that his carotid artery is somewhere between the high 80's to 99% blocked. He is high risk but this surgery has a high success rate and is less dangerous than the old method with a faster recovery time.
I thought that I was handling things OK but I've been impatient and irritable with my family the last couple of days and tired all the time-more like worn out/weary....well, you get the idea. I think I'm having mild panic attacks and today I find myself avoiding getting ready.
In addition, last week, an hour after I found out my dad had been taken to the hospital, my daughter had a fall from her horse during one of her jumping rounds at the competition.The *&^% EMT at the show comes rushing out and keeps telling me she felt significant swelling and a deformity at the hip. My daughter was wanting to get up but they kept yelling at her to lay still. They scared her to death and MYSELF!!!! She is only 11. They called an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. The put her in a neck collar and strapped her onto a back board even though she had not fallen on or hit her head. It was her hip! They strapped her down with these BRIGHT ORANGE straps and one guy was wanting to call the helicopter rescue guys!!!!!!! EVeryone is oogling like at a train wreck. It was HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!
We get to the hospital. The doctor comes in and starts unwrapping and unstrapping her, asks, "Does it hurt here? How about here? Can you get up? Do you feel dizzy? Can you bend down, walk, crouch, jump? Any pain?.....OK, she's fine. We need to do a urine culture to make sure the kidneys aren't damaged and she can go back to the show." WHAT THE H%^#! is wrong with that EMT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO significant swelling or deformity- NOT EVEN A BRUISE!!!!! WHERE did she get her anatomy training?!?!?!? Now I'm having nightmares about the entire scene! It was HORRIBLE!!!!! I'm so mad at that EMT. Talk about trauma and it's ALL MINE! My daughter is fine! She was back riding the next day, completely unaffected. I'm in panic mode! I just can't deal with things these days! I'm having a really hard time handing everything that is going on and I think I'm having these panic attacks which are making everything even worse!
I know there is no question here and I know that none of you can do anything about any of it. I guess I just need to rant.? I've got to get ready and go to the hospital for my dad!!!