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Los Angeles
03-10-2006, 04:47 AM
My wife's father has been getting sick over the last 4 years. He was taken to the hospital earlier tonight for "observation" and died of heart failure shortly thereafter. That was about 2 hours ago.

I don't know why I'm posting this on a message board, when even my brother-in-law doesn't know yet.

Please have our family in your thoughts.

Raskolnikov
03-10-2006, 06:42 AM
My condolences to you and your family.

Doug
03-10-2006, 09:36 AM
Very sorry to hear of your loss.

brichard
03-10-2006, 09:49 AM
Sorry to hear that LA... My condolences.

McClintic Sphere
03-10-2006, 10:02 AM
My sympathies and condolences, L.A.

MagicRat
03-10-2006, 10:43 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss, LA.

Gyron
03-10-2006, 10:52 AM
My condolences LA.

Outlaw
03-10-2006, 01:12 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss.

Los Angeles
03-10-2006, 04:09 PM
Thanks everybody.

Evan_The_Dude
03-10-2006, 04:13 PM
Sorry to hear about the loss LA. When you say he was taken in for observation, did it seem like he was having problems more extreme than what you'd seen over the last 4 years?

Knucklehead Warrior
03-10-2006, 05:17 PM
We hold you in our thoughts and your grief in our hearts.

N8R
03-11-2006, 04:34 PM
Sorry to hear about the loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers

Los Angeles
03-11-2006, 07:35 PM
Sorry to hear about the loss LA. When you say he was taken in for observation, did it seem like he was having problems more extreme than what you'd seen over the last 4 years?
He had a rare condition called scleroderma, or "hardening of the skin". this disease also effects the lungs, and most people with it die of pulmonary hypertension, or high blood pressure in the veins that carry oxygenated blood from the lungs to the heart for distribution to the rest of the body.

Only with a regimen of very serious medications is a life extended much past diagnosis.

Four years ago he was told that surviving 6 months would be about average. While his condition had been declining steadily, he beat even the longest survival estimates. Still, his mobility was next to nothing. The pain this disease causes was often unbearable. Keep in mind that when I met him, he was chopping wood behind his house. Within a year, he couldn't get to the bathroom without assistance.

He went to the hospital that night because he was having trouble breathing, which was not uncommon. On bad days, it was standard to keep him there "just in case" he needed emergency care. About 2-3 hours after being admitted, he looked to my mother-in-law and said "man this hurts" as he rubbed his chest. This type of chest pain was new. After being overworked for years, his heart had finally and suddenly given out. In the end, he died quickly with his wife of nearly 40 years at his side.

In many ways, we should all be so lucky.

sweabs
03-11-2006, 08:03 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.

Lord Helmet
03-11-2006, 10:06 PM
I'm sorry to hear that, LA.

:(

Kaufman
03-11-2006, 10:42 PM
We're thinking about your family.