Hey everyone. I am still around, however life has been absolutely bowling me over. I have been extremely busy with school this semester, my clinical rotation, and life. Been going through a lot of rough stuff with my partner, and we are currently no longer together. The dating scene hasn't been anything short of frustrating, too. In general I am rather soured on the whole love stuff.
That said, I probably still will not be online much in light of what happened this weekend. On Friday, at around 11:15PM, my father suffered a life-threatening complication when his abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptured while he was sitting at the dinner table. He was rushed to the hospital via ambulance and was given emergency blood transfusions while the vascular specialist was called in. He went in at around 3AM for emergency surgery which took almost 4 hours. He is currently in critical condition and is under heavy sedation and on oxygen. He is battling a fever and they are pumping him full of antibiotics for fear that he may have contracted an infection post-operatively. They may try to wake him up later this week, but it is uncertain right now.
He is very lucky to be alive since the vast majority of AAA rupture cases die before they reach the hospital due to hemorrhaging and another 60% do not survive the surgery to repair it. It was disturbing to see him in the ER, as his abdomen was distended due to all the blood that was building up and his over all complexion was a pale, almost grey color. I was reading his medical chart and looking at his vitals and, since I do work in an emergency clinic, I understood a lot of what was listed there and it was just awful. There was no 'sugar coating' it, because I already knew how serious it was.
Currently, he is in stable, but critical condition. Everything is still very touch and go at the moment and as a result I will be spending lots of time in the CCU with him and not a lot of time online.
I wanted to give everyone an update though that I am still alive, just going through some rough times.
6 years, 11 months ago
07 Nov 2011 08:00 CET