It’s been a challenging week. First, my indexing job has been tougher and more time-consuming than I anticipated. And then on Thursday, my stepmom called to say my 90-year-old dad had had a heart attack the night before, and was in the hospital. I was a wreck the rest of the evening and a lot of Friday, and couldn’t work at all, but Friday and Saturday’s news was reassuring, thank goodness. He’s still in the hospital under observation, and may need a pacemaker, but it looks like he will be OK.
They live almost 2000 miles away, and it has been hard not to be able to jump on a plane to be with him. But of course the pandemic makes that unwise, and hospital visiting rules wouldn’t let me see him anyway. But it’s a good hospital, and he’s in good spirits, considering. He is looking forward to going home. He and my stepmom (also 90) are still living independently, driving, and active in their church (until the pandemic began, at least.) I hope they can go on doing so for years to come.
5:40 PM: Edited to Add: The cardiologist discharged Dad today and he is home! He has several new meds to replace the old one, and they will hold off on the pacemaker idea for now. He will see a cardiologist when they return to their regular home in a few weeks (they’ve been down at their winter home) and discuss a pacemaker, but it sounds like that’s not an urgent decision. He’s very happy to be home, and I’m relieved that they felt he was well enough to go home. I really wasn’t expecting that for another couple of days.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 5/10/2020
- WIP Wednesday – 5/13/2020 – The Socks Are Done!
- News & Notes – Coronavirus Edition, Week 10 (5/16/2020)
- Sunday Post – 5/17/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- Winterwood (Jacey Bedford) – review
- WIP Wednesday, 05/20/2020: Daphne Revisited
- News & Notes – Coronavirus Edition, Week 11 (5/23/2020) – tentative
- Sunday Post – 5/24/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I paused my rereading of Mary Stewart’s The Ivy Tree temporarily, and started an ARC of The Summer Deal by Jill Shalvis. But in all the worry over my dad, I turned instead to a childhood favorite, Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge. (Click titles to view on Goodreads.)
Listening: I am listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Watching: I rewatched Five Red Herrings and Murder Must Advertise, two of the Lord Peter Wimsey miniseries starring Ian Carmichael. I was going to start the final one with Carmichael in it, The Nine Tailors, but it has a dying father in it and this is not the best time for that, so instead I started the other Lord Peter Wimsey series, with Edward Petherbridge as Lord Peter; I’m partway through Strong Poison.