Monday, April 2, 2012

A Heart Attack: The Real Story

First off, let me just say, the doctor told Daddy that he had a massive heart attack, but that he was fortunate to have gotten care quickly ~my mom had the EMTs there in less than 10 minutes~ so he has relatively few complications.  He does however, have vascular damage in his legs and will most likely need surgery.  I am not dismissing the seriousness of all of this.

That said, while I was visiting my parents last weekend, I got the "Real Story" of how Daddy's heart attack went down.  Y'all, it's so "My Parents". It kind of underscores why they have been able to remain happily married all these years.

Daddy came home from the golf course and told my mother he wasn't feeling well. He broke out into a sweat and needed to lay down on the couch.  My mother asked if he wanted her to drive him to the hospital.  Y'all need to know that my mom had gotten an email the week before about all the things women should do in the event of a heart attack. Daddy told her to call 911 just as she exclaimed, "I can't drive you. I need to call 911. You'll get better care and I need to get you an aspirin."

My mother called, told the 911 operator that her husband appeared to be having a heart attack and got directions for what to do while waiting for the EMTs.  She brought my dad the aspirin but was so flustered she couldn't get the top off.  Daddy told her to hurry up because he thought he was going to pass out.  

SHE HANDED HIM THE BOTTLE AND HE HAD TO OPEN IT AND TAKE IT HIMSELF!  Classic Mom *grins* 

When he heard this, one of my uncles jokingly told her, "So we've been heralding you for being a hero and getting the aspirin, when really it was self administered!"

Her response, "Well, I brought him a glass of water!"

Then, she looks down at herself and realizes, that having been to the pool that morning, she is still in her bathing suit and coverup.  She looks at Daddy and says, "I can't go to the hospital like this! I'm not dressed."

Daddy told her to go change. "But the 911 operator told me not to leave you!" she exclaims.

Y'all, we are not talking a mansion here.  My parents home in the RV park is a park-model-trailer.  It's maybe 50 feet from end to end.  If she walked backwards to the bedroom, she would never even have to take her eyes off Daddy.  He pointed this out, so she ran in, grabbed clothes, came back out into the living room and pretty much dropped her drawers right there in the living room to change.

A few minutes later, the EMTs arrive.  She ran out to wave them in and as she accompanied the five young men into the house, she sees her cover-up there in the middle of the floor, looking like lingerie and she thinks to herself, "Oh great, these young guys probably think we were having sex and my husband had a heart attack!'

Because that would be even more cliche than having one on the golf course!

15 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh sh!t....I am rollin' with this rendition. Your poor mother...and of course, your poor father.

Seriously, serious as it all is, the post you published is just sooooooooooo family like. OMGosh.

Loved this.
It's the best post I've read all day.

HOPE YOUR FATHER RECOVERS and your mother will soon forget about the dropping of the drawers ....heck, if it were my dad, he'd probably woulda had another heart attack with my mom doing what she did.

I can't help but laugh.

ChiTown Girl said...

Ok, I'm only letting myself laugh at this because your daddy is ok. But, seriously, it could have happened at my parents' house, as well. Aren't parents the best?!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

omg, this is hilarious. I don't know your mama, but my goodness I can just imagine and totally picture it! ;)

Slamdunk said...

Behind every story, there is a ummm story.

Thanks for sharing Single Mom, and glad you all can laugh now.

Diane said...

I just love stories about your parents. "Well, I brought him a glass of water!" Hilarious.

Seriously though, glad to hear he's on the road to recovery and hope his surgery is a success.

Miss Stewart and Students said...

What a blessing to have a funny story to tell!

Surgery at this age should fix him, and that's a scary but very good thing.

Emmy said...

Lol! Oh sorry to be laughing as it is awful what happened but it the telling of it is pretty funny

Tracy Wilson said...

Hahahahahaha- I have this vision of your parents looking like Burt & Dolly-

Ok- I'm sorry Daddy is going to require surgery. I hope it goes well- are you going?
Your momma must have been born here in the south- no southern belle goes ANYWHERE (especially Kroger) without heels and makeup:)

Tracy

Heather said...

Love your parents. They are hysterical. Are you sure they aren't being filmed for a reality show.

So happy she did "everything right" and your father is doing so well!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMG, I love this story. Obviously because it's a happy ending! Too funny & I'm so glad it's okay, thanks to Dr Hero Mom ;-)

Babes Mami said...

hahaha, I tell Chris jokingly that if he is going to have a heart attack it better not be while we are having sex because it would never happen again lol

Mrs4444 said...

This is so funny I have to share. Your family will be telling this story for years to come.

Laurie Matherne said...

Wow. This is a great story. Once, I went to my mom's house to check on her after a storm had knocked out power in our area. My friend and I knocked. No answer. We called out and went in. She was walking around, competely naked! She was hot due to the fact that the AC was not working. My friend was such a good friend, as she never, ever mentioned the scare we had finding my old mom in the dark house w/o a scrap of clothes.

bill lisleman said...

good thing your mom didn't have a heart attack from her imagined mind reading of the EMT's.
Funny story thank for sharing.

Nezzy said...

Oh baby, I'm sorry your daddy went through this but the way ya tell it, it could stand alone as a sit~com. Heeehehehehe!

I'm cryin' here!

God bless and all's well that ends well! Heehehehhe! :o)