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Annual Northern Migration, etc.

Normally, I announce our trip to Wisconsin here, but I forgot this year. I regret a lot the fact that LJ slips my mind so much these days. But consider this my annual announcement: we went to Wisconsin. We drove the 15 hours up and the 15 hours back.

In the middle, my Dad had a "cardiac event" of some kind. I am generally saying "heart attack" since that is the simplest explanation, but that's a layman's term anyway, and I do not think he had a myocardial infarction. Their best guess is that a virus got into his heart, driving his pulse up to 200 bpm. This is on the grounds that he and my step-mom have been passing a bug of some kind back and forth, and he seemed to have bronchitis. So that seems like a likely cause.

Anyway, he is fortunate enough to live within 3 minutes of one of the best cardiac hospitals in the country, full of world-renowned doctors and state-of-the-art equipment. I *do* realize how lucky we are. I even feel a little guilty about it. The fact is that without the fantastic care he got, he might not be with us now. For the record, he is right as rain at this point, and I have happily made a pact with him to work together on improving our respective health with dietary changes and exercise in the coming year. Yay.

After a crazy few weeks, I am happy to have some peace with my honey. We've spent more time than average curled up in bed with the cats. Also, I am perusing a lot of the Yultide fic for this year. Some of it is pretty good.

(Eric says that the fact that I look for opportunities to type my HTML out long hand *does* give me nerd cred, where I just think it means I'm old)

Oh! And we went into an "H Mart" up on Gallows Road this afternoon, and bought tons of ginger tea, and daikon, and Japanese beer, and the whole time we were there, they were playing fairly obscure 80s music (like Peter Gabriel's "Red Rain" for example) and then when we were checking out they played--and I kid you not-- ...Love and Rockets! And not "So Alive" either! They played "No New Tail to Tell." Come for the hard-to-find Asian vegetables, stay for the 80s alternative.

I am sure there was more I intended to say, but it escapes me now. What a luxury to have space to natter on about the things that you have forgotten to natter on about, innit? Facebook is all business, and no finesse. It makes me feel cheap.

So, yeah. Happy new year, all.


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Dec. 30th, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon.
Dec. 30th, 2012 08:38 am (UTC)
I'm amused at H-Mart's music selection. Sometimes it's better than the club nights.
Dec. 30th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Glad your dad is okay. Must be something going around - my dad ended up in the hospital about a week ago with his heart rate at 140 and his blood oxygen way down. After lots of tests they sent him home 10 hours later with a diagnosis of bronchitis and antibiotics. Now he is almost 100% again -- just a small periodic cough left behind.

Hurray for modern medicine and smart doctors.
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:36 am (UTC)
Hey hon! I am so glad to hear that your Dad is feeling better. I would have replied much sooner, but LJ has been being really wonky.

Hurry for modern medicine indeed!
Dec. 30th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you posted this. I'm really glad to read it.

I'm glad your dad is OK. I'm sorry you feel guilty and I hope in the time to come you can embrace the great luck you have.

I think that typing HTML longhand gives you nerd cred. :-)
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
I think that I do embrace my good fortune. It's just that I am also aware of the privilege we enjoy because of the fact that we live in places with good services. But that doesn't mean I wish we didn't have that. I just wish everyone had it.

Hope your holidays were good. I miss you! You should send me anything you've written lately :)
Dec. 30th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
Happy new year! Some day soon, when it isn't so wicked cold, the 4 of us should take a walk around Burke Lake.
Jan. 5th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I would certainly up for giving that a try. My back tends to hurt really bad when I walk for very long, but I could try taking some advil in advance.
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