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How to Endure and Possibly Triumph Over the Adorable Tyrant
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and another.

My dad is still seizing, so he's going another day under sedation. As if that's not all, now he has pneumonia.

Have I mentioned how little fun I'm having? Really, this is terribly not fun. Someone should have thought of me in all this, and how they could make things more fun for me.

The hospital staff continues to follow their "we're not concerned" script. Constant seizures? Unconcerning! Pneumonia? Downright boring. At what point does the concern kick in, I wonder?

Reader Comments (41)

I'm so sorry that you all have to go through this. Hopefully he'll be on the mend before you know it.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMartha
I'm holding you and your family in my thoughts.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
man, that's hard. the hospital staff must march through this a million times a day but i do think they act concerned when there is concern on their part. at least that's heartening, if not actually fun-making.

still sending prayers.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkyra
hospital staff are, if nothing, typically resiliant to concern; i think they built up an immunity after all those years of returned jello on the food trays - rejection will do that to people.

things might not be looking so hot, but at least family is there with him and your thoughts are going to him. that means the world to him i imagine.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commentermathew
Sorry to hear that, but medical science is amazing and most of the time defies logic, so chances are he'll be alright. Here's hoping he is.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commentersac
On the up side, if your dad was awake, he'd be eating yellow jello, or something. Really, he's better off under sedation.

As for the fun-for-you part, sneak in there and snap a few photos of the most blase hospital staffers who annoy you the most, and then blow up their heads for us as dart boards. That should help.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
USE as dart boards. Although if you want to make some extra copies for all of us, that'd be cool, too, I guess.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMir
I'm so so sorry to hear about your dad, I will be sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers for his speedy recovery. Hope you're holding up okay.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterhalloweenlover
Alice, still thinking of y'all. I hope your dad gets better soon.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMichele
Sending my thoughts.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I'm sorry things are so sucky right now. I think the concern kicks in when they don't get their Medicaid checks fast enough.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterHope
Alice! Oh, Alice, this is so shitty to have to bear. The waiting is the WORST. The not knowing is the WORST. I know two things can't both be worst, but somehow it is true. I'm thinking about you guys. I'll try to imagine a big glowy protective light around your family, which is something the Buddhists tell you to do, I think. It can't hurt, at any rate.- Debl
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterdebl
I had to re-read the post because I read the first line as "My dad is still sneezing..." and was really confused as to why anyone would need sedating because they were still sneezing.

I'm sending get well wishes his way, and a box of kleenex just in case.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Hang in there and keep your hopes up! Sending good vibes your way!

May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Winters
Thinking of your dad and your family.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
Ah, man, that really sucks. I think it's safe to count it as a good sign that the hospital people aren't worried. I watch Grey's Anatomy, so I feel qualified to make that analysis. Hoping for good news soon! Hang in there!
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterDemery
I am an RN, but please don't hold that against me. I no longer work in a hospital, but I'm pretty sure "we're not concerned" is code for "his prognosis is good." My other observation is that Cardiologists have the communication skills of apes. And that may a little insulting to apes. Hang there...lots of us out there sending positive thoughts.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterLori
But wouldn't it be even more freaky if the nurses and doctors were wailing in the hall ways and shredding their scrubs in despair?
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterVery Mom
I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking of you and sending prayers your way.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterarm
My dad has been dealing with something different, but I can relate to the worry and helplessness. Remember to sleep and eat; these things usually go out the window for me when I'm stressed, and that makes things worse. I'm sending you and your dad and your family lots of love and good thoughts. You're surrounded! :)
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Hugs for you, Alice, and I'm holding you and your Dad in my thoughts
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterSilver Lining
Yes, VeryMom has a point. Imagine the hospital someone like myself would be running. Hysterics General. I don't think I'd have many patients.

As for making it more fun, I'm sending my pony back. I think you need it more than me.

(The sedation will actually be good for your dad. Sleep is often the best thing for a recovering body. In fact, I'm going to have a nap in his honor. Maybe it will help.)

May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterMelissaS
I'm so sorry. pneumonia might not raise too many red flags, but constant seizures ought to be (IMO) cause for concern. My thoughts and prayers are with your father.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterchasmyn
Gah. Sending lots of gooooood heeealllthy thoughts that way. Hope he improves quickly.

May 23, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
I'm keeping your family in my thoughts.
May 23, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

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