More changes are headed my way.
Hopefully good, but of course, some bad too.
Let’s start from the top, shall we?
So I’ve mentioned my father before and how he’s just turned 50 and doesn’t care for himself whatsoever.
What I mean is, for years, this man didn’t see a doctor or check up on his health.
He has terrible habits such as cigarettes and alcoholism and a poor diet without regular exercise.
Now, I too fall into a category of shit eating and lack of exercise, but, I can at least say that I’ve seen a doctor within the past five years and know I don’t have any imminent health concerns.
Since December, I’ve struggled to keep in touch with my father due to him not having a phone, etc., etc.
But when I saw him for his birthday, in my gut, I knew something was wrong.
He lives with someone. Someone that I struggle to give a title to because it’s not accurate. So, I just say she’s his roommate.
A few weeks back, his roommate reached out to me because she was concerned for my father.
He’s currently out of work and has always gone through periods of not working and then picking up odd jobs here and there.
So, out of work, staying at home and sleeping for excessive amounts of time.
Not completely unusual for him, but, the other concern was his breathing and his stomach which seemed to be getting firmer and larger as the time passed.
I myself still haven’t spoken to him, but I’ve finally been updated.
My father has been going to multiple doctor appointments and having tests run.
What we’ve found out and have been told so far;
He is suffering from sleep apnea – pretty sure he’s had this for years
He has carbon monoxide poisoning – not sure how or if this is related to the work he’s done over the years, recent exposure in his apartment, or if it’s because of the cigarettes over the years
And last but certainly not least…
He has been diagnosed with COPD.
I do not know what stage he’s in, I know surgery is recommended for him to lose weight and he’s going to need an oxygen tank to help him breathe.
With this news, you would think I would be upset.
But the truth is, I can’t say that I’m surprised and he’s let this happen to himself.
I don’t know how long he’ll be around.
It’s a terrible thing to know that one of your parents could drop dead at any given time.
It’s inevitable that we all have an expiration date, but to know it’s sooner than later gives you time to prepare?
In other news…
Positive changes are coming to my job, marketing stuff, paint job, new employees – all that jazz.
My boss dropped the bomb on me that my position too will be growing within the next few months.
Our hospital manager is currently one foot out the door so she can follow her heart and move to the UK to be with her partner.
With her being gone, I’ll be filling in a gap and taking some of the workload from my boss.
In simpler terms, I’ll basically be stepping up from front desk manager to hospital manager.
More responsibility, more money, more headaches 😅.
I’m just looking forward to next month where we’ll have a nice family getaway for a week in Maryland.
Our plan is to enjoy time away from home, get out to DC and soak up the zoo and museums and just make the most of a trip.
I will try to document as much as possible from the trip since it will be our first with the little lady.
I hear traveling with kids can be so fun 🤪.
‘Till next post ✌🏼