I’m Not Lost…My Daddy is Sick

To my wonderful readers and authors,

I’m sure I’ve missed tour stops and promised reviews in the last week. My dad is in the hospital an hour away and I simply have not had the time to post anything. Right now, I’m getting kiddos ready for school and stealing a minute to update you.

Dad had scheduled surgery for a quintuple bypass on Nov 12. Every hour they called and said that he was doing wonderfully. The second hour was the only time anything was mentioned that was “off”. They had to give him some blood because he was bleeding a little. That wasn’t really unexpected. He is on a lot of meds, including Plavix and aspirin; both blood thinners. Otherwise, everything was “wonderful”–a key term at Winchester Medical Center that I should’ve known by now did not have the same meaning as if I’d say “wonderful”.

So, when they brought him out of surgery, the lead nurse came to me and my Aunt, who had waited with me (his sister-in-law), and said that everything had gone wonderfully and they had only done 4 bypasses instead of the original 5. Told us we could see him in about an hour as he was still waking up. We were so happy to hear that it’d gone so well. Too long of a back story to tell, but he’s really had a rough time since his carotid surgery in July, which in turn caused a heart attack. Then the dr came out a while later and said basically the same, that everything had gone wonderfully and we could see him in a short while.

When our hour was up, we asked to go back to see him and I was prepared for him to look much worse. They had told me he would be swollen and kind of a greyish color. But he looked better than that and I was a bit relieved. He was trying to wake up and fighting the ventilator. So rather than agitate him, we went back out to the waiting room. We checked on him several times throughout the evening before we went home.

I have an hour’s drive each way, so I called the next morning after I got the kids to school for an update. Once again, he was doing wonderfully and they had extubated him earlier. He was alert but tired. I waited until after school to go down because the kids had been so worried and really wanted to see their Grandad. When we got there, however, my sister was hysterical. “He’s not right. There’s something wrong.” That was all she would say. I tried to reassure her that it was most likely the meds–I’d seen it before with clients (I do in-home elder care) and all the time, she was swearing to me that it was definitely not. She said they were worried he’d had a stroke, so they called the heart surgeon in. Since he was in CCU, we had to buzz in and request a visit with him, so I went to see him.

It was horrible to say the least. My dad was NOT wonderful. He was pretty damn close to catatonic. I asked them what was wrong with him. They said it was the meds. He knew who we were, but that’s where it stopped. He couldn’t focus on me. He didn’t know where he was. He kept staring into space with his mouth hanging open. Every few minutes he’d say “Uh-Huh” or “I guess so”…to no one. I asked every nurse that came in if it was normal for him to be this way. Yes, they said. Every. Damn. One. Once, he told me to put the kids to bed so he could get some rest. I assured him they were in bed and he could go to sleep. The heart surgeon came in and explained that since his kidneys were so bad, he would hold on to the meds a bit longer than normal and he would be fine. (Although he hadn’t had anything since 8:30am and it was just about 7pm.) That he was very pleased how he was doing so far. They asked me to step out so that they could put him back to bed (they had him sitting up in the chair). I went back to the waiting room with an update for my sister. About 20 minutes later, I asked for re-entry. They said he was asleep and damn near denied that I go back. I went ballistic. I was not leaving there without seeing my father once again after how bad he was. They finally came out and I just walked past to see him. The nurses are extreme bitches. No heart left in them, I swear. I visited with him a few minutes but let him sleep.

I went home holding to the hopes that this time they knew what they were talking about.

Next morning, I called for an update. I was told that they were sending him shortly for a CT scan because when he woke up that morning, they realized he couldn’t see and couldn’t move his left arm. They feared a stroke. I waited til 1:00 and couldn’t wait anymore. I picked the kids up from school and went to the hospital.

When we got there, they gave me the news. He had indeed had “several” strokes. He thought it was 1992. He had lost mobility of his left arm. He was blind. I bawled. My dad would just give up. I knew it. He is not someone who can be immobile AND blind. He cried when I went to see him. You want something heart-wrenching? Put your father…the toughest man you’ve ever known…in a bed and watch him cry because not only can he not do what he once did, he is also blind.

He knew my voice. That’s about all. I was afraid to let the kids see him. Afraid since he didn’t have grandkids in 1992, he wouldn’t remember them. But they were asking questions and I CANNOT lie to my kids…Keep things from them? Yes. Sugar coat them? Absolutely. But flat out lie? Nope.

So I explained…”Grandad had several strokes…”, I began. Gwen burst “So Grandad died??” Ugh. I thought a 79 year old man crying ripped my heart out. I explained that no, he was alive. He was blind and was unsure of a lot of things but he was still with us. They didn’t know if they could see him. I told them that was okay. After awhile, though, Gwen did want to see him. So I took her back. At first, when she spoke to him, he thought she was his neighbor…but I said “No, Daddy. That’s Gwen.” I was so scared…and so was she. She cried then. But then he said “OH!! My Gwenny!!” So I knew it was okay. I knew he knew his grandkids. He told her he loved her and she told him back.

We went back out to the waiting room for awhile and Tristan decided he couldn’t NOT see his grandad…So I took  him back. I said “Daddy, I have someone else to see you” and told Tristan to say something. He said “Hey, Grandad”. Dad said “Oh, my buddy!” Yep. He was going to be okay. He KNEW his grandkids. His world. We visited a few more times before heading home.

We spent the night crying and comforting each other.

Saturday morning, I called for an update. They were moving him out of CCU and onto the regular floor. His sight was back. Boy, did I bawl like a baby. I was in the yard, walking the dog…bawling my eyes out. I came in and announced it to the kids. Tears of joy all around. I called everyone I could think of. “My daddy can see”…They are convinced he will make a complete recovery.

When we went to see him, he was on a soft diet because of difficulty swallowing both because of the breathing tube and the strokes. He was in a lot of pain. Couldn’t move his left arm much (though he was moving it) and could barely get his right arm above his chest. Every time his nose itched, he’d bend his head down to meet his hand. He cried a lot. Was so frustrated because “I can’t do a damn thing, Emma”. I assured him, he was HERE and he could see better than yesterday. I fed him, I helped him blow his nose. I helped him get his drink. We spent nearly the whole day. Because we could. By the time we left that evening, he could pick up his drink by himself and reach his own nose to scratch without bending his head down.

Sunday morning, I had to stop at his house to check on things and my cousin and his wife were at his house…They had built him new steps so it would be easier for him to get into the house when he came home. I cried. I cannot express to you what that meant to me. When we got to the hospital, there was even more good news. He could see better, AND he ate his lunch…by himself. His left arm will now raise up to his meal tray. There is still some swelling in both hands. They got him up out of bed and into a chair, thought it was a slow, painful process. They removed his catheter.

Monday, I got a call bright and early from the neurologist. He assures me that dad will be good as new, though he will need some PT/OT. He said that if he had higher education, it would come back even faster…I believe my dad only went to school to 8th or 9th grade…But he’s smart. Smarter than most…

A few hours later, I got a call from the discharge nurse and she said they’d be releasing him in the next day or two and taking him to rehab. We discussed where to take him and decided the ultimate goal was to get him home and better, in the quickest safest possible way. I waited for the kids to get out of school and we headed to the hospital. BOTH hands are working well. He is still confused on the year. But he says “the year doesn’t matter anyway”…He’s giving stupid nurses hell. He’s eating solid foods. He’s slowly but surely getting back to where he was.

He will be going to rehab later today. SO…If you have missed me, because I know I’ve missed stops…I’ve missed precious reviews for wonderful authors…Please know it’s not because I’m lost…or shirking my duties. I’m doing the most important duty. Taking care of my daddy. Who has taken care of me for 37 years. I will be back to taking care of the blog as time allows. But right now, I just don’t have it.

Please bear with me. I’m enjoying our miracle. And taking care of my daddy.

~Emma~*The books in my reviews have all been bought by me or received for free in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, my opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. Clicking costs you nothing, but helps to maintain Readaholic\’s Reviews, including but not limited to book purchase and website maintenance. Thank you for your support!

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Touch of Desire Release Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway

Touch of Desire (Ashwood Falls, #4.5)

By Lia Davis

 Touch Of DesireAs the wolf senior enforcer, Torin Fisher’s job is to protect the pack and each of its members. That includes the beautiful submissive wolf, Cora Rivers. He’s known for a while she belongs to him, but he decided to wait for her to come to him willingly. Since her brother’s death, he’s watched her withdraw from the Pack little by little. Tired of sitting by watching her suffocate her wolf, he decides the time has come to claim her.

Cora Rivers is no stranger to pain. Just as she comes out of her mourning over her parents’ brutal murder, her brother—and best friend—suffers the same horrifying death. Grief cripples her and in attempt to learn to be independent, she inadvertently stifles her wolf by not letting her out to play on a regular basis. When Torin Fisher, begins the mating dance, her only choice is to run.

Together they have a chance to not only release her wolf, but find the connection and future they both deserve. Continue reading *The books in my reviews have all been bought by me or received for free in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, my opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. Clicking costs you nothing, but helps to maintain Readaholic\’s Reviews, including but not limited to book purchase and website maintenance. Thank you for your support!

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Spotlight: Hot Ink with Giveaway

Hot Ink
A Montgomery Ink Novel, Book 1.5
by Carrie Ann Ryan

Included in this anthology:

Hot Ink CoverForever Ink by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
A Montgomery Ink Novella
The idea of a May-December romance has never looked so hot when it comes to broody lawyer, Morgan and sizzling tattoo artist, Callie. Between conniving family members, blondes with too much time on their hands, and their own misgivings, trust in the bedroom and out of it won’t come easy.

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Takedown by USA Today Bestselling Author Cari Quinn
A Tapped Out Bonus Novella
After honorably discharged Navy SEAL Liam Walsh discovers his estranged brother, Slater, is living platonically with Abby, the only woman Liam ever loved, he vows to remind her of their scorching history. But Abby has changed since Liam left, and he only has one long weekend to stake his claim…

Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol
A Bayou Bound Novella
Kit Carson is back in his home town to do more than promote his latest reality TV win on Tattoo King. He’s returned to win over the woman who kinked up his world, but Renee LeBlanc isn’t the girl he remembers. Ten years can go in a blink of an eye and he won’t let her walk away from him again.

EXCERPT:
Today was going to be a kickass day. Callie did a little hip shake around the office, humming to herself. When her hands went up into the air, she closed her eyes, swaying to music only she could hear. She danced to the beat in her head, getting herself in the mindset to work. That wasn’t difficult since she freaking loved her job. I’m doing what I always dreamed of doing—and I get paid for it. How lucky is that? She was twenty-five and knew she was well on her way to actually having a career bringing art, happiness, and memories to those who asked for it.
Being an apprentice to Austin Montgomery, the co-owner of Montgomery Ink, was a dream come true for some tattoo artists, and she was the one who held the coveted spot. Austin had only apprenticed one other before her, and that had been a few years before she’d come to the shop in search of a new life. She did another hip shake and turned on her heel twice. Her earrings tapped against her jaw as she wiggled around.
Yes, she’d had just a bit too much coffee. She couldn’t help it though since her favorite place, Taboo, had a side entrance to the shop. Plus, her friend Hailey owned and operated it. Callie felt it was her duty to support the local businesses.
She shook her butt again.
Maybe she should lay off the caffeine. Just a bit.
“Seriously? Dancing alone in the office without any music is weird. Even for you.”

 

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Carrie Ann RyanNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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This giveaway will be a Carrie Ann Ryan signed paperback and a $15 Amazon gift card

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Cover Reveal: Becoming Rain

We are so stoked about this cover reveal for K.A. Tucker’s BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster. BECOMING RAIN is set to be released March 3, 2015!

 

Becoming Rain

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About BECOMING RAIN:

Luke Boone doesn’t know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he’s finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it’s not exactly legal, Luke’s never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain.

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she’s one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she’s just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast’s most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she’ll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle’s footsteps.

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she’ll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she’ll even want to.

 

And don’t miss the first book in this thrilling series BURYING WATER

Burying Water

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About BURYING WATER:

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

 

Author PhotoAbout K.A. Tucker:

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Nights with Him with Giveaway

Nights With Him
Seductive Nights Series, Book 4
by Lauren Blakely

Nights With HimI am so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for NIGHTS WITH HIM by Lauren Blakely! NIGHTS WITH HIM is the fourth full-length novel from her first Erotic Romance Series, The Seductive Nights Series! A full-length, standalone erotic romance novel that follows the love affair of a new couple, Jack and Michelle, NIGHTS WITH HIM does not have a cliffhanger. It’s ONLY $3.99 during the preorder period and release day, but this price will go up to $4.99 during release week. And as a special treat Lauren has released a FREE prequel novella, ONE NIGHT WITH HER!!

 

 

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Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories –one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. And these new books are absolutely no different! Jack Sullivan and Michelle Milo’s story is told in 2 books – the free prequel novella ONE NIGHT WITH HER and the novel NIGHTS WITH HIM. However, the prequel novella is included in the copy of NIGHTS WITH HIM to make it easier for the reader.

Message from Lauren: Continue reading *The books in my reviews have all been bought by me or received for free in exchange for an honest review. Regardless, my opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate links. Clicking costs you nothing, but helps to maintain Readaholic\’s Reviews, including but not limited to book purchase and website maintenance. Thank you for your support!

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