Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Friend In Need

I've mentioned once before about my friend and co-worker who was treated for cancer during the late spring and fall. He has seemed to recover well...getting back to work and seeming to feel much stronger, less tired, etc. And all that was great.

Till yesterday. He was taken from work to the hospital yesterday. He began reporting that he felt dizzy to a couple of folks around the building. They sent him down to the school nurse who asked a few questions and pretty quickly decided to drive him to the hospital.

By that time he was dizzy and complaining of blurred vision. The hospital took him right in and started tests. And last night and today, all his friends have been waiting for periodic calls from his wife as she has tried to keep us updated on what they've been learning.

The latest report indicated two things were going on. They diagnosed some heart issue that relates to periodic rapid heart rates which can cause the dizzy feeling. But in doing another test, they also located what they thought was a clot in his brain. They've now changed that to a tiny occipital bleed in the brain.

I have no idea if/how these two things could be related. Or perhaps it is just coincidence that both were taking place. But it has certainly made the last 24 hours stressful for his friends as we wait for more news.

And it just feels like he has been through enough this year. The poor guy deserves a break.

18 comments:

thethinker said...

Poor guy. I'll keep him in my prayers.

That Chick Over There said...

Something very similar happened to my dad last year when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I also wondered if maybe it was stress related...

Elle said...

I'm really sorry. Wow this guy has been through some rough times. Prayers to your friend and his family.

tkkerouac said...

scarey.Thanx for the visits.

Teena said...

I hope he is okay.

Bardouble29 said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. I will keep you and him in my thoughts!

Melody said...

I hope all is going well with your work friend. How terrible and what stressful times hey? He is in my thoughts...

Jazz said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. Hope he feels better soon.

MamaLee said...

lots of prayers.

Jocelyn said...

All my digits are crossed for him...and for you who care about him.

Beth said...

I'll pray for him.

Life is wierd sometimes...I just don't get it.

Thomas said...

Teachers.
If we didn't have bad luck, we wouldn't have any at all.

I had a coworker who was fine, found a lump in her breast, got treated, had a heart attack and was unable to work, all within about four months.
That was tough for all of us and her. One day an ass kicking educator the next day you are living with your oldest child.

Damn, things can suck.

All the best to your friend. I hope he kicks this fast and laughs about it.

Kati said...

Gosh, hope they caught things in time for successful (and quick) treatment!!!!! Thoughts & prayers going out to your friend & his family.

Have a good rest-of-the-week. See ya next week!

Dorky Dad said...

Wow. I'm sorry to hear about that ... Health problems seem to come in large bunches. I'll keep him in my prayers.

Winston said...

Yep, he deserves a break. I get mad at myself more and more frequently for bitching and moaning over something trivial when others have much worse problems. Just yesterday I learned that a customer and friend, VP of his company, nicest guy you'll ever meet, lost his house and everything in it - 100% total - from fire caused by lightning while they were out to dinner one night. And I'm fussing about having to clean out the gutters again.

Hope your friend is OK.

radioactive girl said...

Poor guy! After I was done with the cancer treatment and was "better" I had all kinds of other health problems very suddenly. I think your body takes such a beating fighting cancer that it takes a while for it to recover enough to fight off other things. I'll be thinking of him, and hoping for the best!

abbynormal said...

Wow, scary stuff. Hopefully they found these things out before it could've been much worse.

CSL said...

I'm sorry for your frined, that is so hard. I've watched two dear friends be run through the mill with cancer and stil grieve them.