Off the Ventilator.

He’s sitting in a chair, joking with the nurses in CCU about the thirty year warranty on his Kosher (bovine) heart valve.

I know he’s just a dad, but he’s my dad and he’s a great dad.

Last night was the worst night of all.  I went to spend time with him after hours.  I was able to rouse him, he could follow my directions, but he was so weak and  I was so terrified they wouldn’t get him off the vent.  Weaning from the vent was the downfall of many of my patients back in my CCU days.

At last I can fall apart and enjoy that good cry.

 

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15 Responses to Off the Ventilator.

  1. Jaye says:

    Thank God, Julia. Wonderful news.

    Tell your dad that to me he now is “Cowboy Bob.” Yippee ki yay!

  2. I’m so glad he is doing good…

  3. Tom Stronach says:

    Great news Julia, Ishbel and I have spent the afternoon shopping and finished it off with a meal in a local French restaurant and over the meal we were wondering how things went! We had a great day buying pressies for family in Inverness for when we go up there next month and this news has just topped the day off.

    Well done to the hospital staff for carrying out a successful operation and a special Well Done and congratulations to ‘DaD for getting off the vent and responding so well. Do give him a hug, but not to hard, from Ishbel and me xxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Good news. I’m glad the worst seems to be over.

  5. Penelope says:

    Oh, hon! So glad to hear the good news. Joking is good for the heart. :)

    Love you!
    Penny

  6. Penny is right. Joking is good. And getting off the vent in one day is major. Now he is a zipper chest! That’s what they called the Open Heart Surgery Patients here when DOn had a heart attack a few years ago. Steph

  7. Wonderful news, Julia!

    This Thanksgiving will be rich with gratitude.

  8. Amber Skyze says:

    Wonderful news, Julia.

  9. So much to be thankful for, Julia. Glad this part is over and your eyes are not puffy when you wake up so you can see the beautiful day.

  10. Diana Stevan says:

    Good to hear about your Dad, Julia. And it’s also healing to have a good cry. Hugs to you. It’s hard seeing a parent so vulnerable.

  11. Tim Dittmer says:

    Good news! Go ahead and cry. It might embarrass him, but it still won’t hurt to let him know how you feel.

  12. Glad to hear your dad is doing well. Many hugs.

  13. Casey Wyatt says:

    Happy to hear he is doing better. Hugs to you and your family :)

  14. Delilah Hunt says:

    Excellent news. I’m happy to hear things are getting better for your dad, Julia. Well wishes all around!

  15. Juli says:

    I’m glad to hear he’s doing better, Julia. Sending lots of hugs your way and healing for your dad.