Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hospital Homeschooling

On Monday, we began our week begrudgingly by picking up the house and inching our way slowly towards schoolwork. The weekends go by far too fast! Just as we got about the business of our day, we got a call from my mom's friend Mike who said she'd been rushed to the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack. We packed up our school work and headed across the Metroplex, getting lost a couple of times along the way. (You'd think I'd know my way around here!)

Originally, it was thought she was having an adverse reaction to a flu shot, but some blood work revealed there was indeed something going on with her heart. She was taken back for an angiogram, and while the procedure revealed some blockage, adding stints would make things worse. Evidently, the blockage is located in a more minor artery (says me, who knows very little about cardiac medicine). In my understanding, if a stint is placed in this minor area, it could cause blockage or inflammation in the more major artery, leading to far worse circumstances.

At this point, the plan is to treat the blockage with medication in an effort to avoid surgery. She has to take the rest of the week off work, and otherwise, no restrictions have been imposed. Officially, yesterday was considered a very serious "warning sign."

Once we knew all was well, and mom was secure in her room, we pulled out the school books to get some work done. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that it can be done anywhere. One of the downfalls is that it must be done. Regardless, the kids were good sports, and they did their best in a challenging environment.

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