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Dad update
My dad came home today, so he's doing much better. He can't fly for one month, which has him *thrilled* - he flies back and forth to NY from FL every couple of weeks, or at least once a month, to keep an eye on work. He also can't drive for two weeks, which is going to annoy him - but that may change as he has check-ups, they might let him drive sooner. He has to take his blood pressure and pulse regularly, so he bought a gizmo for that. And he's on a bunch of meds. Low cholesterol diet. Etc.

But he's doing OK now. He just needs to stick to the meds and diet, and work on altering his lifestyle to reduce his stress. *That* is going to be the hard part.

I am: relieved relieved
Current Media: Matthew Sweet - Don't Go

eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: June 28th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That does sound better. I'm glad.

As for the stress reducing things... probably you could both work together on that. You aren't doing so hot on the stress reducing lifestyle either. It's easier with a "buddy" and believe me, your mom will appreciate having someone to reinforce better choices besides her.

And even if that's not going to work for you, try to be there for both of them. It wasn't fun for me being the healthy person who suddenly has to change because of someone else's poor choices. I used to dream about onion rings and food that had neither lentils nor beans, but what I wanted didn't matter. And just about anything even vaguely sympathetic toward me had me over the moon. You helped me a lot then... see if you can do it again for your mom.
rbarclay From: rbarclay Date: June 28th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
If it's one of the cheap blood pressure gizmos one puts around the wrist, do encourage him to assert its accuracy by comparing the values to what a doc measures.

It's not a question if it's inaccurate, rather if it's in the 10s or 30s, as I found out the hard way.