The three white walls, with the hideous flowered curtain making a fourth, stare back at me silently, mocking me at every turn. The smell of disinfectant and sickness make me nauseous and I want to cry, I want to scream. The beeping of the machines telling me something, but I am not sure what, is increasing the pressure in my head. I am back in the hospital. My father is ill, how ill, I don’t yet know, but the blood stained walls and floors at my house tell me something can’t be right.
Wednesday was a long day for me bloggers. My father called me at work (always a key sign something is wrong – seriously wrong), by the time I got home he was dizzy and lying on the floor. 911 was called immediately. It turns out a bleeding ulcer, is just that – it bleeds and causes quite the mess in your system (and my home). The nurses and doctors made him comfortable after he was taken to Scarborough General Hospital and a blood bag was brought in for an infusion. He’s had three more since then.
Having donated blood numerous times in the past (being denied last time in April because of my tattoo) I have never been so grateful to those who take their time to donate their fresh clean blood. It stabilized my father; it has saved my brother’s life in the past and countless others. I will be donating again as soon as possible, and I hope – and pray – that everyone reading this will take time out this weekend or next to attend a donation centre – it doesn’t take long and the reward (saving lives) is priceless.
My dad is doing better – they have scoped his stomach and we are waiting for the results. Every minute and hour that passes by where he is okay brings me hope that he will come home soon and be back where he belongs. Those who know me know my father is the most important person in my life. He is my support, my hero, my daddy. The house, without him in it, is empty, quiet and unfamiliar. I don’t like it. His creaking floor boards are a soothing sound, now I just lie in bed, trying to control my panic, my anxiety knowing that I have to keep my mind and body stress free. Things are changing in my life, drastic changes. This website – soon will be coming to an end, another taking its place. More details to come, I promise.
For now, I must stand up straight, be brave and strong and get through the next few days.