The Scariest Week of My Life

Monday, March 16, 2015

I am in my bed with a glass of wine watching Vikings as I write this, as a well-deserved treat after having the scariest week of my life!  My father had a stroke last Wednesday and had to be rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital via helicopter.  Thanks to wonderful doctors and a drug called TPA whose mechanics I still don't quite understand, he has fully recovered.

John and I dropped everything and ran (literally...I brought no clothes home and almost got hit by a car as I sprinted into the road to hail a cab) home to CT, which is where I've been all week.  Now that he is fine, we are back in the city, and I am starting to catch up on all the emails I missed while I was away.

I am so glad to have this week behind me.  Everyone, give your parents big hugs after you read this; after all this, I have decided to call my parents every day and tell them how much I love them!!!

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  1. Very scary stuff. I'm glad your father is okay. Wine and a little TV sounds pretty much perfect after something like that.

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  2. oh no!! I am SO glad he's okay! That is such incredible news. Aren't doctors/nurses the most amazing people?? I'm in awe of them. One of my best friends is a neurologist (specializing in stroke) and I swear I do not know how he acts so blase about saving people's lives day in and day out. I can only imagine how terrifying this was for you! and yes I'd say you def deserve that wine and some relaxation! <3

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    1. Doctors are amazing! I knew theoretically that they saved lives, but seeing my dad's rapid recovery really floored me.

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  3. Sending you and your dad love and well wishes! <3 <3 <3

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad, and wow, I'm glad everything turned out okay!

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  5. So sorry to hear about your dad. My father-in-law had a stroke last July and isn't doing quite as well. But he's working hard to get better.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that! We were very lucky that my dad was eligible to have TPA and that it has made his recovery so easy. I hope your father-in-law's rehabilitation goes well!

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  6. TPA is a life saver. Glad to hear your father did so well.

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  8. Whoops! Comment malfunction ... I shall repost. I just wanted to say I'm SO GLAD your dad is ok. I cc'd you on an email, got an auto-reply about a family emergency, and was worried, so I thought I'd check your blog. Thank goodness for doctors and medicine and everything that saved him. It's terrifying just reading this. I can't imagine what you went through.

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    1. Thanks :) It was definitely a rough week!!!

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  9. How scary! I'm so glad your dad's recovering well. I have to say, it reminded me to call my dad more often.

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  10. I'm so sorry you and your family went through that, but so, so, so relieved your dad has recovered so well. You should just stay in bed, watch TV and drink wine for the rest of the week. At first I think you meant the Vikings football team, but then realized it was the TV series! Haha.

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    1. Hahaha, no Vikings football is not my comfort show :)

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  11. I'm so glad he got there in time for TPA.

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  12. Oh my! I'm wishing all the best for your father. I hope that he recuperates in ways that will make him more resilient in the future. Also, that was a close call with that car. Glad you managed to skirt away from it, or else you would have been faced with severe car damage at the very least. Keep safe, Carrie!

    Steven Keltsch @ Allied Insurance Managers

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