Jay Maynard (jmaynard) wrote,
Jay Maynard

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Update on Dad's condition

Buried in my discussion of United's suckage was a mention that my father is in the hospital. He collapsed yesterday, and was diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs. He's currently in a regional hospital in Lafayette, Indiana, where he was transferred. They've got him on big doses of anticoagulants to dissolve the clots, and are monitoring him for other problems.

The outlook for this kind of problem is quite good. Instead of one big clot, this is a buildup of lots of little ones. Those both dissolve faster and cause less trouble should they break free; only in large clumps do they cause problems. Thus, if the patient doesn't die right away, recovery is usually complete. He will probably be on anticoagulants for the rest of his life, though.

I'm not too worried at the moment. Of course, things change unpredictably in this business, so we won't know for sure until it's completely cleared up.

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