Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Sweet Thang and I spent all yesterday afternoon at the hospital keeping his Dad company in the waiting room while his Mother underwent heart surgery. Her artery, the one called the "Widowmaker", was 99% blocked. The hard-headed female had been having chest pains all weekend but didn't tell anyone until it got so bad she couldn't take it anymore. She's going to be OK, but it was close. She just recently had colon surgery and suffered from a massive infection after that.

I felt so sorry for them all. It's only been a year since my Dad passed, and Mom passed the year before. This time of year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas bringing families together, reminds me of all I've lost and how the holidays will never be the same.

Go hug your loved ones right now, and tell them how much they mean to you while you have the chance. You never know what's going to happen or when you'll never have the chance again.


cyberoutlaw said...

Well put. Like you said, it's the worst time of year for things like this (as if there's ever a good time?). But you certainly learn to appreciate people more as you get older. Hope his mom and dad are doing all right.

anonymous jones said...

That is really unusual that it was Sweet Thang's mother and not father with this problem. Men are more prone to die suddenly (and earlier) than women from a heart attack, whereas women tend to suffer more from strokes. Presumably the pair of them have had the same diet over the years, though exercise is a big factor of course. One theory why men are subject to heart attacks more is that oestrogen provides women with some sort of protection, so their risk is delayed. The average Australian man, by the time he is 35, has 40% of his coronary arteries blocked. I imagine it is similar, or worse, in the U.S.

Last night on the telly there was a news story about a guy who had a heart attack just outside the major hospital in Sydney. Coincidently, they had some new robotic operating equipment and a visiting specialist keen to demonstrate it and so in he went to theatre! Apparently it was a 'dream' operation and had the added bonus that the sternum (breastbone) did not need to be split to gain access to the heart, but the machine had three puncture points only and then was guided by the surgeon to do the job. And he will spend a night or two in hospital instead of weeks! Amazing!

I hope Sweet Thang's mother recovers well, there is a lot of good you can do for your body post-operatively.

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