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Where To Start

Posted on July 29th, 2007 by Matt Brattin

Last weekend I was in Las Vegas for a last hurrah with a small group of friends. We had a good time, and when we returned Sunday Blanca and I had a quick family barbecue at my parents’ home.  We were in a hurry, however, to get home and do laundry, as we had to wake up Monday morning and drive to Long Beach to catch a quick four-day cruise to celebrate our first anniversary. 

 The cruise was relaxing – we both just ate, read, and slept a lot.  On the drive home I got a phone call I could never have prepared for.  My father, who is only 53, wasn’t feeling well at work.  He knew something was wrong, but instead of telling anyone, he jumped in his truck and headed toward his doctor’s office…he didn’t make it.  Off-duty EMTs found him in his truck in the middle of an intersection.  They began CPR, but by the time an ambulance arrived he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.  They shocked him with the paddles and managed to get his heart started again and they brought him to the hospital. 

 Somewhere about this time was when I got the call, my mom and sisters didn’t know what was going on, just that my dad was heading to the hospital.  It was a long and painful four-hour drive to the hospital.  My dad underwent emergency heart surgery to remove the block from his artery.  His heart is now semi-normal, but there are apparently a couple more blocks they are worried about if he pulls through this.  He has been unconscious now for two days, and we still don’t know much.  The main concern is that no one knows how long he went without oxygen, so they are going to test for brain activity today. 

I don’t know what this all means.  My family is my first priority at this point and I apologize for not keeping up with the comment activity (which has been great) lately, but as you can see I have other things to tend to at the moment.  I wrote a lot of notes on the cruise so I could make my next post when we returned, things just didn’t turn out as planned. 

I don’t know who out there are the praying type, but I am, and we could sure use all the thoughts and prayers anyone can find the time to send out.  I will post again as soon as I can manage when I have anything new to say. 


3 Responses to “Where To Start”

  1. Ross Says:


    I am so very sorry to hear about this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  2. Emil Says:

    Matt –

    I’m sorry to hear about your father, you and your family will be in my thoughts.


  3. essell13 Says:


    I am really sorry to hear that your dad is in such a situation. I hope that he and your family get through this hard time. My thoughts are with you.


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