Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday Talk: Real Life

I know some of you have noticed that I haven't posted much in the past week, and many of you have reached out to check on me--which I thank you guys for! It was nice to know I was missed and that people were concerned.

So I thought I'd fill you in on what's been going on:

My dad's been in the hospital for almost 3 weeks due to complications related to his congestive heart failure. He was on meds to help his heart beat more, so that it could help remove fluid from his body (without your heart pumping well, fluid tends to build up in feet, legs, and belly which is what was happening to my dad).

After a good conversation that included my mom and his cardiologist, and another doctor who has been overseeing his care, hospice services were put on the table, so last week was spent wrapping our heads and hearts around that. And spending as much time with his as possible at the hospital. Hence why I just haven't had the time or energy to write about blog things--and things that didn't revolve around this.

Part of the process was weaning him off of the meds he had been on to see how he would do. This could have been too much for his body and had immediate effects which is why I was with him as much as possible last week. Luckily, my dad, being the fighter that he is, seems to be stabilizing without the IV meds, and yesterday he was moved out of the cardiac ICU to a regular cardiac floor where they can monitor the fluid output with his current meds.

From there, next steps will be decided. He'll either go to a skilled nursing facility where they can work to get him a bit stronger, or we'll be considering other options.

I've been in and out of work, and have shared with a few people what's been going on. I came to work on Monday morning to a desk filled with pink tulips from a family that I work with (and had to cancel therapy with because of a hospital visit, so they knew what was going on), and an incredibly sweet and thoughtful note attached. 
That, along with my in-laws, the numerous friends both in blog world, and in my every day, who have been checking in, sending prayers and positive thoughts, I feel incredibly blessed to have such an amazing support network when things get rough and life makes you grow up in ways that you never wanted to.
I'll continue to root for my dad, and be thankful for each additional day we get to spend together. 

So, that's what's been up with me. I'll be back with What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday with Jessi tomorrow, so please link up, and share some happy stuff :)

50 comments:

  1. So sorry you're going through this. I lost my dad to a massive heart attack almost 5 years ago out of the clear blue one day. Us girl have a super special place in our hearts for our daddies. I'm sending love and prayers your way and hoping he keeps his strength and gets better.
    XO ~ Tiffany

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  2. I just recently started following your blog, but did notice your absence late last week. I can imagine how difficult this time is. Prayers for your family.

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  3. Love you so much sweet friend! I am praying for your family and for your dad...sending you so many good vibes! Here for your WHENEVER you need anything!

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  4. Oh Jenn, I'm so sorry you're going through this and that your dad isn't doing well. Definitely keeping you all in my prayers!!!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear this!! Prayers to your father and your family!! I wish your father all strength in this time of need! *hugs*

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  6. Aw Jenn I'm so sorry to hear this. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers, hang in there and take comfort and love from all your friends at this difficult time. Take as much time away from here as you need. We will all be here when you get back. I know it can be hard to post the happy stuff when real life isn't that way. Sending hugs!

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  7. Gosh I am so so sorry girl. I know it seems to unfair but try to hold onto the idea that His plans are greater than ours. And He is holding you and your family in the palm of His hand! Prayers for strength and healing for your daddy <3

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  8. Continuing to pray for your Dad and your family. So thankful I met you through blogging! Hang in there, sweet friend!

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  9. I am so sorry xo you and your family is in everyones prayers.

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  10. Oh girl, I am so sorry that you and your family are having to go through this right now. Thinking about you sweet friend and sending you and your family all the positive vibes.

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear this Jenn-- I am keeping your dad in my prayers and thinking of you!

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  12. Love you so much and praying for your daddy. You know I am here for you day or night.

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  13. Love you sweet girl. You know you've been in my thoughts and prayers. Sending so much love to you and your family.

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  14. i'm so so sorry to hear about all this. it's no easy feat being a source of strength for the family - which you are i'm sure without even realizing it. every moment is precious and just know we're all here supporting you for whatever you may need!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  15. So so sorry you all are going through such a hard time, but I'm glad your dad is fighting through it. You all are in my thoughts.

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  16. Girl I'm continuing to pray for you guys, definitely stay positive in all of this because you just never know. I work in a congestive heart failure clinic so if you need anything please don't hesitate to ask, I'm here for you! Sending your family positive thoughts!

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  17. I am so sorry to hear all this Jenn. Your family is definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I'm glad you have so many people around you to help you through this. xoxo

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  18. I am beyond sorry to be reading this and that you and your family are going through this. Praying!

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  19. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

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  20. So sorry to hear that you're going through a tough time - sending you all my well wishes and positive vibes. Hang in there!

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  21. I've been thinking of you and your family. Hang in there, focus on what you need to do, and don't worry about anything that doesn't matter as much. Sometimes during times like this we feel we owe people or situations things, and you don't. You owe yourself and your family whatever you feel is right.

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  22. Prayers for you and your family!! So sorry to hear you all are going through this.

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  23. I'm so sorry Jenn.... I have been and will still keep you in my thoughts and prayers. It sounds like you have a tribe of support and love around you right now and I'm glad that is giving you some comfort. xoxo

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  24. Hugs and prayers storming heaven sweet lady for you and your family!!

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  25. How blessed your dad is to have such a sweet daughter. I know it is such a tough time but so glad you have a great support system.

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  26. I am so sorry you are going through this. Your family is in my thoughts. You are being a great daughter to him and he must be so proud of you. Sending hugs your way.

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  27. Jenn, I'm so sorry for everything that's going on. I've been keeping your family in my thoughts + prayers nonstop. Hoping that you all get some good news soon! Sending you lots of love!

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  28. Thanks for sharing your heart and exposing lots of personal information. Hope your dad starts getting closer and closer to health over the next few weeks! Stay strong!

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  29. I'm so sorry to hear your dad is still having problems but it sounds like he's a fighter!! I'll be praying for you and your family! Go spend as much time with him as you can :)

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  30. Thinking of you! Thanks for the update so I know how to pray for your family. Glad you've been able to spend so much time together these past few weeks. Thinking of you and your family :)

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  31. I've been thinking of you and your family and will continue to pray for you all!♥

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  32. I had a feeling you were taking a break to care for your dad and was meaning to ask how everything was going but didn't want to be intrusive. Glad to hear he's stabilizing and things are looking brighter! *Hugs*

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  33. Oh, Jenn. I knew he was in the hospital, but had no idea you were going through so much. So very sorry to hear that, sweet friend. You know I will be thinking of you and praying for you and your sweet daddy. And hoping very much that his heart will get stronger and give him a good long time with you!!!

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  34. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. Your family is in my thoughts. Sending love your way!

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  35. I am so sorry for what is going on Jen and continue to pray for your dad and your family during this time. It is okay to take a break from blogging sometimes!

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  36. oh hun. i am so sorry. thinking of you and your family and hoping for the best. xxx

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  37. Sending you SOOOO many hugs and good thoughts! Your dad is clearly a fighter, and he's lucky that you're there to support him :)

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  38. Oh Jenn. I know exactly how you feel. My mother as I've shared with you before suffered with CHF for years until she passed with her heart stopping. It is a long and often hard road and watching them suffer is so difficult. I would leave her apartment/hospital after visiting with her in tears because it kept taking a little more of her each time I would visit. I ended up taking care of her in the end with the help of hospice, but eventually she let go. I'm happy to know she is in a better place with no fluid checks, meds, blood work, pain and suffering. I'll be lifting you up in prayer and know you're being thought of. I'm so very sorry you have to go through this.

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  39. Sending you lots of *hugs* and prayers for your dad and your family during this hard time. Love hearing that he's a fighter, and I look forward to hearing good news <3
    Green Fashionista

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  40. Thank you for sharing. I keep your father in my thoughts and prayers daily. He seems to be a fighter and we are rooting for him to get better from this.

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  41. I am so sorry that you and your family have been going through this. It is so scary to have family in the hospital and I am sure it has been tough to stay strong through it all. You and your family will be in my thoughts!

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  42. Sending lots of good thoughts and love to you and your family!

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  43. Thinking of you and praying for your family. Hope everything is on the up soon.

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  44. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad--- your in my thoughts and prayers!!

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  45. So glad to hear that your dad is such a fighter! Thinking of you all!

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  46. I'm so sorry to hear about what your dad's been going through. I can't even imagine what a tough time this must be for your family! Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers and hope your dad keeps on fighting <3

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  47. You know I've been thinking about you. Stay strong <3

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  48. Thinking of you and your family during this time. You're in my prayers but so happy to hear that your dad has been doing well of the meds! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  49. Prayers and hugs for you and your sweet family!! I will be thinking about you!!

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