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Sunday, November 23, 2008

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On Vacation with Gramma and Pop Pop

We have had an unexpectedly eventful week and I wanted to bring everyone up to date. This past Friday, my stepdad had a heart attack while visiting the local VA clinic to pick up a prescription. Because he was at the clinic, he was able to get immediate attention. The security guard started CPR and the defibrillator was used seven times to get his heart going again. He was then taken to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

He had a bit of a rough time at first, but is doing much better now. He has been moved to a special vascular unit where he is waiting for his kidney function to stabilize so that a catheterization can be performed to determine if there is a problem that can be identified and corrected. (He has already had an echo and a catscan, which were inconclusive.) He has a bit of pneumonia related to the removal of his breathing tube and a bump on his head, but is in good spirits - teasing his nurses and such. The cathererization is tentatively planned for Wednesday.

Thank you so much to all who have called, visited and sent prayers his way. I know Mom would appreciate emails sending your thoughts but please keep calls to a minimum as it's still hectic with visits to the hospital each day. I'll post again when there is more news.

Love and good night -



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