Monday, April 30, 2007

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Writers....

As readers of my book blog know, things are reaching a climax, at least in this first draft, and I had planned to finish off a chapter today. Hah.

Over the weekend, my husband started spitting up blood -- why do these things always start on weekends?! -- so this morning, he called our family physician, who told him to get to the emergency room. We got there around 9:30 a.m., and proceeded to spend the rest of the day there, while we dealt with x-rays and blood draws and CAT scans and heaven alone knows what else. But the bottom line is: dh has a pulmonary embolism, or blood clots in his lungs. We have no idea where they came from, how they got there, where they may have migrated from, how they came to lodge in his lungs -- we only know that breathing has become steadily more difficult for him since November, when he began not to be able to run his usual five miles/8 km, without having to stop for breath every so often, and that over the past week, he has had trouble breathing while walking the one mile to work. Then this business of spitting up blood.

It all "sux," but OTOH, maybe it will get him to think a little more seriously about his church relationships, or lack thereof -- when we got to the hospital, and he was asked his religion, he hemmed and hawed and finally said, "More Orthodox than anything else." So I hope there's hope.

Meanwhile, I intend to escape for a little while, if not to Moscow, at least to Brighton Beach. ;-)


Philippa said...

Lord have mercy on Thy servant James!!

Thank God he listened to the doctor!!

Keep us posted!

Elizabeth said...

Lord have mercy on James and Meg.....

Meg, have they specifically excluded "atrial fibrillation" - this is an abnormal fast beating of the upper heart which can eventually throw off small clots ?

I`m sure they will have done so, but it is probably worth asking them.

It is surprisingly common and sometimes shows very few symptoms till the blood clots appear.

You will both have my heartfelt prayers, that James has a speedy recovery and that if he is describing himself as mostly Orthodox, perhaps he will decide that it is now time to be fully Orthodox.
God bless

Mimi said...

Lord have Mercy! Yikes!

My father has had those, and it has been twenty something years, if that helps a bit.

Enjoy the escape! Hugs and prayers.