March 04, 2006

Hospital Fun

Note: My name is Erin, and I am Bert's daughter. While at the hospital with him this afternoon, Dad wrote out a quick note to post here. After I got home and followed his instructions, I checked to see if it had posted and discovered that Lila had already posted something about his current whereabouts. I decided to just come back in here and add this little forward but to still post it, just to adhere to Daddy's wishes. So, sorry if you're getting dual information.

Went to see the quack to see about getting some relief from this lung thing...

He took note of my blood pressure and respiration rate and told me that I was to NOT pass Go & collect $200, but head to the emergency room ASAP; he would have them waiting for me.

I walked in the ER door and within 5 minutes I had an IV of 50% nitroglycerin flowing into my arm, an O2 line going at 5L in my nasal cavity and a pretty nurse pushing Lasix into my arm at a 4mg/3min rate.

They believe that I have pneumonia and congestive heart failure brought on by the excess fluid in my lungs. They want to do a heart cath just to be on the safe side and do an overhaul on my drug regimen. They were also a bit concerned that I had lost so much weight in the last six months and want to do some basic cancer screening tests -- just to cover their asses bases. Might be a few days until I can get access to a keyboard, but I'll be thinking of you all.

Dad didn't mention this in the note he gave me to type, but the doctors also believe that it is very likely that he had a small heart attack this week, which he didn't notice due to the pain he was already experiencing in his chest from the lung congestion. He's in the hospital for a few days, but he'll hopefully be back on his feet (or, in Dad's case, ass -- his most favoritest position) in just a few days.

Posted by Delftsman3 at March 4, 2006 10:51 PM | TrackBack

Thank ye verily,missy, for the update. You and your family are in our prayers. Hug Lila especially hard today, and here is one for {{{{{you}}}}}.

Posted by: ZiPpo at March 5, 2006 08:44 AM

You and yours will be in my family's thoughts and prayers. Glad to hear you're getting rest and food. Looking forward to more good news. Take care.

Posted by: Eirik at March 5, 2006 10:09 AM

We are all praying for you. Keep us posted!!

Posted by: VANDEA at March 5, 2006 10:52 AM

Thanks for the update. Hang in there Bert and get out soon. I am still hoping you get down here in Florida with me for a fishing trip. Me and sweetthing will be thinking about you and pullin' for ya. Guy and Penny

Posted by: GUYK at March 5, 2006 11:34 AM

Get well, Delfts, you're in all our prayers.

Posted by: Sig94 at March 5, 2006 01:28 PM

If the docs say he should skip Austin then he is skipping Austin. There is always next year. Better to be alive and delayed by a year then dead and not able to ever go.

I am not kidding. If the docs tell you to stay home, you stay home.

Posted by: Deathknyte at March 5, 2006 03:43 PM

I miss you Bert!!!! Please get well soon. All my prayers are for you!!!!
And do what the docs say. I haye doctors but sometimes hey are necessary and this time is one of them!!!

LOVE you my dear friend. Prayers for your family too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 5, 2006 04:47 PM

Feel better Delfts. Don't take any chances with this. My family has same history.


Posted by: Radical Redneck at March 5, 2006 06:43 PM

Get well, dude. I promise, we won't run out of BBQ down here in Texas. We'll keep the fires burning for ya!

Posted by: El Capitan at March 5, 2006 06:44 PM

Been following this quietly, but here I go - hope you'll be up and about again in no time, dear Bert! You and yours will be in my thoughts. *hugs to Lila, Erin and Anna*

Posted by: Rhiain at March 5, 2006 07:49 PM

I'm rubbing my temples with my fingertips and sending you all strength and good wishes.

And, once the old man is up and about again, make sure he says up and about. Gotta give the ticker a reason to keep ticking or it may decide to quit altogether. Gotta stay strong, kids!

All my best.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at March 5, 2006 08:10 PM

Have never been here before - but you are dearly loved by some beautiful bloggers! Be well soon and keep the fresh air hitting your lungs for a long, long time. Heart failure sounds much worse than it really is. Hope there's not much worse and a huge absence of cancer.

Posted by: chrys at March 5, 2006 09:43 PM

You're in our prayers. Hang in there and get back soon.

Posted by: Woody at March 5, 2006 09:54 PM

Thank you Erin and Lila for the update.
Hang in there Bert, I'm so glad you got medical care for this, I had a bout of the same a few years back, but my ticker was in better shape, I felt like dying and nearly did. Don't let the bastards get you down, get better soon and get the hell out of that palace of pain and suffering and back to the keyboard. We need you out here. You're in our prayers.

Posted by: Jack at March 6, 2006 01:15 AM

Dammit Bert! Get well, get out of that bed, and come home! Richard and I will be praying for you and Lila and the girls, hon.

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 6, 2006 05:47 AM

Get well soon Bert.

Posted by: Will at March 6, 2006 06:16 AM

Bert, damn buddy, you better get on the mend. When the Docs discovered I had lung cancer I posted about it and got lot's of encouragement from folk. Partly because of that, I'm still here (the other part is I'm too damn stubborn to go). You need to follow exactly your docs advice, you need to talk to people and let them know how you are feeling and if it's crappy, then tell them. You need to smile every chance you get. You need to hold your family close.

Cheers and I've got you in my prayers.

Posted by: GM Roper at March 6, 2006 06:38 AM

Hang in there, Delfts. You can overcome this, ya stubborn ol' coot. :-) We're praying for you over here.

Posted by: Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant at March 6, 2006 07:16 AM

When I called you the other night, I did not think it was that bad. Take care and get your ass well, Cat

Posted by: Catfish at March 6, 2006 10:37 AM

Word goed spoedig. U bent in mijn gedachten en gebeden Delftsman.

Posted by: Theresa at March 6, 2006 04:32 PM

Thanks for the update.

And Delfts: Enough malingering for you. I've got a damn Empire to run and I need every StormTrooper I can get, so get the heck out of that comfy bed, hale and sound.

There are moonbats to kick, whiskey to drink and fair maidens to ogle.

Get well, buddy.

Posted by: Misha I at March 6, 2006 05:27 PM

Tell Mr. Delfts that
A-He's a dumb shit for waiting so long, and
B-The Curmudgeon sends all the best.
C-May he have the nicest and (if they're female) prettiest nurses the hospital can provide.

And thanks for the update.

Posted by: Dave S. at March 6, 2006 06:28 PM

Son of a bitch! No one tells the nephew, scare the hell out of me! Uncle Burp you are most definitely in my thoughts and prayers, stay strong friend!

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