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Update

Thanks to everyone sending good thoughts in my dad's direction.

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of news--he's still in ICU, and they now know that he didn't have a heart attack or an embolism (which they suspected and tested for today), and they managed to bring his blood pressure down from 240/150 to 180/85 (still very high, especially for him, since he tends to have low blood pressure). They still don't know what's causing the high blood pressure, though he does have diabetes and there's some speculation it's one of his meds. The doctors want him to stay and get a cardiac catheterization, but he's talking about going back to Chicago (they're in New Jersey now) for it.

So my sister and I have visions of him having a heart attack somewhere on the Ohio turnpike. He is SO stubborn that it's very hard to talk him out of something once he's set his mind to it. (He's already had two heart attacks, btw, though both of them were years ago, and has had a lot of trouble managing his blood sugar since he was hospitalized a year ago for septicemia).

So of course every time the phone rings I freak out.

I will update if I get better (or worse) news, but I'm going to turn the comments off on this post because, although I greatly appreciate everyone's support, responding to comments for some reason seems to be upping my emotional anxiety. But I do really, really appreciate all the hugs and good thoughts on the last post.

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