My dad’s improving pretty quickly. At this point I’m fairly confident he’ll pull through this.
My mom said the doctors are even rather surprised at how fast he’s pulling out of it.Turns out, though, that in addition to the sudden cardiac arrest, he had another small heart attack. His heart was only functioning at 39% after his first heart attack back in 2000, and it’s still at 38% after everything that happened yesterday; he’s really a lucky guy, and I hope with every fiber of my being that he realizes that and changes his ways after everything’s said and done. We’re currently waiting for the results of his EEG test, which could take up to two days. Tomorrow, they’re going to gradually try to ween him from the respirator and see how he breathes on his own. They did a test run tonight, and he did fairly well on his own.
He provided my aunt, my mother, and I with a good laugh earlier. When one of the nurses came to run the machine to clear his lungs, she asked him to cough, which we were happy to see him comply with in what seemed like a conscious manner, but it wasn’t just a cough he let out. We heard a pretty loud fart, and the look of contentment and sheer relief on his face spoke volumes XD It was pretty refreshing to see, though, honestly.
And best of all, my mother got to see him actually respond when the nurses turned off the sedatives long enough to check on him. He squeezed the nurse’s hand, he smiled at his respiratory nurse (one of my mother’s former coworkers, actually :D), and he even looked like he was trying to talk to my mother (though with tubes down his throat he obviously couldn’t.)
I’m glad to say things are really looking up :)