I know; I know. It’s been about a week without really a word from me. In that time, I managed to lose 3 games of “Trivia Crack” due to time elapsed, I waited over 3 days to do some of my “Words With Friends”, and I have been stressed out, tired, and so very frustrated.
No, silly, it wasn’t sex (though the symptoms certainly bring back memories – not really good ones, either). It was nothing pleasant at all: my Dad had a stroke.
Well, it turned out to be a TIA; it was downgraded. It seems the difference is whether the damage remains permanent or not. Apparently, his blood pressure may have dropped too low due to his medications combined with going back on dialysis. What I do know is the night following the TIA, while I was lying in the couch/chair in Dad’s room, the nurse came in and gave him his blood pressure meds and, about 2-3 hours later, I was calling them to his side because his blood pressure, which had normally been around 150/70 or so, was now 77/41. They began pumping fluids in him and I left when it was 84/50 and rising.
He is much better now, but in that time, we all took turns staying with him most of the day/night. My general shift was 7:30pm-around 1:00am. I would watch a baseball game with him (I am not a fan, but am learning the game well) and stay until he had been sound asleep for about 1/2 hour.
Anyway, that’s the reason for the long absence. I have tried to read a few posts, but have had another problem. I have borrowed my Dad’s IPAD. He doesn’t really like it, so he told me to learn on it. I have never used an IPAD before. I can’t say I love how they run (man, I love my desktop with windows), however, once I FINALLY got it set up (That would be early this morning, by the way), it is pretty cool to have. I can watch about 6-7 episodes of “Star Trek DS9″ (am halfway through season 5) and do some online poker (free) and check out Facebook and “Words with Friends” without recharging. It is nice and small (at least, compared to the full backpack my lap top requires) and it is not that difficult to use (Once it is SET UP. Did I mention that?!).
Well, that’s the news for now. Dad is much better – smiling, watching TV, and complaining about the hospital. That makes us all happier. It especially makes me happier because I found out that, during Dad’s ordeal, I stressed out and that shot my blood sugar up from about 110-almost 210 at times. It wouldn’t go down. It even went up after a self-imposed 17 hour fast! When I finally saw on Google (Gotta love Google) that stress can do that, I went through my relaxation responses, said my prayers, and mentally chose to relax. This morning was 124. Still a bit high, but I could eat. I will simply have to refocus my attention on being calm when things are bad around here. Who woulda thunk it?