Art is back in the hospital.
I knew it would happen, its just well....the 1:00 am phone call to 911 was not part of the plan. The call to a dear friend to come stay with the kids was not part of the plan. The passing out. Been there, done that. Was so not part of the plan!
Massive indigestion for an hour.
Followed by vomiting.
Followed by fainting and waking up to the confusion of me, saying "Honey? Honey?"
There was no panic. I knew what needed to happen.
I was the premidonna on the phone.
"Um, is there any way they take him to Cedar Sinai?"
"Oh and please, no sirens. My children are asleep and I'd like to keep it that way."
"Thanks so much for coming! Um, could you turn your radio down, please."
And I wanted to say "Can you walk on your tip toes? My kids will surely notice the clunking of your heavy boots." And "Fellows, please. Let's keep it at a whisper." (Ever notice, men don't whisper!)
They couldn't take us to Cedars, however, after they checked him out, they did offer to put him in the car for me.
The 10 (major freeway route in LA) is delightful at 2 am.
The ER room was even delightful. No gun shot wounds, heart aches or fall out from bar fights.
At 4 am the tested him.
Lying down. Blood pressure 98/60
Sitting up Blood pressure 90/60
Standing Blood pressure never gotten cuase he started to pass out again.
Congratulations honey! You get to to stay!
And for a parting gift, you Kim Hamer get this lovely bag with "Patient Belongings" written on it. Your absolute favorite!
What it should say is:
Person carrying this bag is not stable.
Their loved one has just been admitted to the hospital.
To add to their anguish, we have inserted this little string, masquarading as a handle,
that will dig into their hand when they pick up the bag. Giving them phsyical discomfort to go along with their emotional comfort.
Please stand back at least 20 feet.
Another day in our lives. This one with humor, a touch of saddness and whole lot of resignation. This is our life but it is a life. I am grateful.