It is almost amazing how all your thoughts, your focus, your priorities can be changed in just a split second. I had such an event happen to me last evening.
I got a call from my brother Eric telling me my other brother Robin had suffered a heart attack. He was and still is in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Phone calls to the hospital last night, say he is doing well. Just called again and he is off to get a CT scan more will be known after that. Again I am told he is doing well.
After I hung up the phone it occurred to me, what does doing well mean. It can be a relative term. Does it mean he is flat-out doing well, or does it mean for someone who has just had a heart attack he is doing well. There can be a difference there.
Heart issues seem to run in the family with the Howdle brothers. Both of my brothers are younger than myself and both have had their heart problems
Robin under went open heart surgery about 10 years ago, can’t remember exactly when. Five blockages were by passed. Prior to that surgery they had to operate to clear blockages in the main arteries leading to his head. One was totally blocked and for some reason they couldn’t by pass it (can’t remember why) the blockage on the other side was by passed.
Eric not to be left out suffered what they call a silent heart attack. Virtually no symptoms come with this type or if there are any they are so minor they are disregarded. It is only after an EKG reveals major changes do you even know you had one.
It is almost ironic that it was but yesterday that I wrote of how diffiecult it is for the family sitting helpless by, awaiting news and bang here we are.
Robin lives in Dauphin a town about a 3 1/2 hour drive from her, so it is not just a matter of jumping in the car and racing to the hospital. Dauphin I know has a large medical center but I know heart patients are often transfered here to the larger hospitals in Winnipeg. Do we jump in the car and drive to Dauphin to find he has already be transfered to Winnipeg, or wait and very possibly have him in a hospital but minutes from here.
This waiting not knowing is difficult. It is easier being the patient, I know I have been there and done that.